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Classical Civilisation AS/A-Level at Haydon School

Course description

The course offers students the opportunity to study a range of topics related to the culture and society of the ancient Greeks and Romans. It aims to encourage students to develop an interest and enthusiasm for the classical world, enabling them to develop and apply analytical and evaluative skills to works of classical literature and art.

Course content

AS LEVEL

UNIT 1 (CC1) HOMER’S ODYSSEY AND SOCIETY

During their study of Homer’s Odyssey, students will develop knowledge and understanding of epic and narrative techniques. They will read about famous mythical heroes, gods and monsters, as well as finding out about Homeric society, the concepts of honour and reputation as well as the roles of men and women.

UNIT 2 (CC4) GREEK TRAGEDY IN ITS CONTEXT

Students will study 4 ancient Greek plays: Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Sophocles’ Antigone, Euripides’, Medea and Electra. Students will learn about the ancient Greek theatre and dramatic festivals and conventions. Through their study of the plays, they will consider such aspects as the role of the gods and fate, moral concepts such as justice and revenge, and the roles of men and women in city life.

A2 LEVEL

UNIT 1 (CC8) ART & ARCHITECTURE IN THE GREEK WORLD

For this unit, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of ancient Greek art and architecture. They will study freestanding sculpture, architectural sculpture, vase painting and temples. As part of their study, students will cover sanctuaries from Athens, Olympia and Delphi.

UNIT 2 (CC10) VIRGIL AND THE WORLD OF THE HERO

For this unit students will read Virgil’s epic the Aeneid and parts of Homer’s Iliad. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. They will study narrative techniques and cover themes such as the Trojan War, the gods and heroes.

Assessment

This course is assessed by 100% examination.

Future opportunities

Classics graduates go onto pursue many varied careers: government and legal work, education, research, management, business, journalism, teaching, accountancy, civil service, banking, museums or art galleries, the arts and media to name but a few.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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