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Classical Civilisation *FEES PAYABLE* at Canford School

Course description

Classical Civilisation is open to all students entering the Sixth Form. The course does not require any previous study of Classical Civilisation or knowledge of Latin or Greek. Choose Classical Civilisation if you are interested in learning about the classical world - its personalities, events, literature, drama, history, philosophy and mythology. In other words, opt for Classical Civilisation because you think you will enjoy the course. Studying a subject you enjoy will make it easier for you to fulfil your potential and achieve your best grade. What we ask for, above all, is a determination to share our enthusiasm for the classical world.

The Classical Civilisation course seeks to relate what happened in the ancient world to the experience of students today. It shows how modern culture has developed from the classical past, how the civilisations of Greece and Rome have helped in shaping modern Europe, and how classical influences are still important in today’s world. The study of Classical Civilisation involves distant times but the cultural, literary and political achievements of the Greeks and Romans have had a lasting influence on our own society, and are essential to a proper understanding and appreciation of the history of civilisation.

In addition, as we share with Europe the legacy of the Ancient World, a study of Classics helps to increase our awareness of a common European heritage. The two topics we are currently studying at AS level are Greek Comedy and Athenian Imperialism. In Greek Comedy, we study three plays by Aristophanes in their theatrical, religious, social and political context. Aristophanes is the big name in Greek comedy. His style of humour has been imitated throughout the centuries and can still be recognised in comic sketches and routines used by comedians today. This topic complements our historical study of Athenian Imperialism, which looks closely at the rise to power of Athens in the 5th Century BC, a rise which coincided with the dawn of western civilisation.

The topics, therefore, cover aspects of classical civilisation which have been significant in the development of the modern world. Both include a study of primary classical sources and encourage students to gain an understanding of Greek society, its values and impact on the world we live in today. In the department, we have an excellent stock of audio-visual aids to enhance our studies. At A2 level, our focus shifts to Rome.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Canford School directly.

Last updated date: 14 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years