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 basis of religion and worship in the ancient world
  • The imperial image in Ancient Rome and how this has influenced writings and writers of the past.
  • Famous personalities, myths and legends, thought-provoking philosophies, emotive tragedies.
  • The civilisations of Greece and Rome 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.
There will be three exams in total, one on Vigil and the world of the hero, Imperial Image and finally Greek religion.
You will be examined at the end of the two year course but with mocks being sat at the end of year 12.

What are the entry requirements?
You do not need to have studied Classics, Latin, Greek or History at GCSE. Grade 6 in English Language would be an advantage. An enthusiasm for the ancient past; its peoples, places and stories is essential as well as the keen desire to read widely in both in class and outside of it.

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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