Classical Civilisation

What does the course involve? 

  • The opportunity to examine the extraordinary societies of the Greeks and the Romans.
  • The epic poetry of Homer and Virgil,
  • The art and architecture which has influenced our lives today.
  • Famous personalities, myths and legends, thought-provoking philosophies and emotive tragedies.
  • The civilisations of Greece and Rome that lie at the heart of Western Culture and are still vibrant and influential today.

How will you learn?
Through lectures, your own research and note-taking, audio-visual presentations, through classical literature. There are visits to classical sites in Greece and the British Museum; you will actively participate in lessons through discussion, role play and presentations. There are essays and structured questions but you will receive feedback and guidance on their production.

What exams and coursework are involved?
There is no coursework in either year of study.
In Year 12 you will study Homer’s Odyssey and a Society and the Tragedy module comprising of four tragic plays.
In Year 13 the topics are Art and Architecture in the Greek World, and Virgil and the world of the hero. Each module will be examined by an examination which will be part source-based, part essay-based.

What are the entry requirements?
Grade 6/B or above in GCSE English would be an advantage. You do not need to have studied Latin, Greek, Classical Studies or History prior to A level. An enthusiasm for the ancient past; its peoples, places and stories is essential.l.

What could you do after completing the course?
Classical Studies, Ancient History, Archaeology, Classics, Law, Anthropology, Philosophy, even Medicine. There are many classical scholars in the Civil Service, Banking, Accountancy, and Computer Programming; Teaching, Management, the Army. Student destinations are available within the department. The breadth of knowledge acquired and skills of forensic analysis will stand you in good stead for almost anything.



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