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Classical Civilization A Level at Liverpool College

Course description

A Level Classical Civilisation is a multi-disciplinary course made up of four modules, two at AS and two at A2. All of the modules are assessed by final examination. There is no prerequisite of previous knowledge of the ancient world or knowledge of the classical languages.

Studying Classical Civilisation will allow you to gain a thorough understanding of the key concepts and themes of the culture, literature and intellectual life of the ancient world. You will study literary and artistic works that formed the basis for the Western tradition of storytelling and drama, alongside material art-works that inspired centuries of European art.

You will acquire skills relating to literary criticism and historical analysis, and develop your ability to critically assess primary and secondary sources: training which will equip you with a set of transferable skills for further study in this or other fields.

Course content

AS Module 1: Homer’s Odyssey and Society
You will read Homer‟s Odyssey, an epic poem from the 8th Century BC, and discover the adventure of its hero Odysseus as he struggles to return from the legendary Trojan War. You will gain a detailed understanding of Homer‟s literary techniques, and familiarity with the society he presents.
Assessment: 90 minute written paper, 50% of AS mark.

AS Module 2: Greek Tragedy in Context
You will read four of the tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, and discover the context of their production and performance in Athens in the 5th Century BC. You will read the plays as texts and comment on the way they are written, but you will also become familiar with aspects of dramatic technique.
Assessment: 90 minute written paper, 50% of AS mark.

A2 Module 1: Greek Art and Architecture
You will study a variety of art forms – vase-painting, sculpture, and architecture – dating from the 8th to the 4th Centuries BC, and will become familiar with the techniques used by ancient artists, and with their methods of composition, decoration and story-telling. By studying artefacts from the ancient world, you will also become familiar with aspects of Greek religious and social rituals.
Assessment: 120 minute written paper, 25% of A-level mark.

A2 Module 2: Virgil and the World of the Hero
You will read Virgil‟s Aeneid, the greatest work of Roman literature, alongside the Iliad of Homer, the story of the Trojan War. You will examine the links between these two texts, and discover the heroic world they both present. Virgil‟s poem, in particular, will be placed in its historical context, at the birth of the Roman imperial age during the reign of Augustus.
Assessment: 120 minute written paper, 25% of A-level mark.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 25 June 2015

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