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Classical Civilisation A Level at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College

Course description

  • GCSEs should include a C grade in English Language and/or History
  • Minimum GCSE point score required for this course: 5.1
  • Classical Civilisation prides itself on offering many domestic trips and an annual trip to Southern Italy.

Course content

The Classical Civilisation course is for anyone who is interested in finding out about the ancient world through its history, myths and stories. Much of our world is shaped by the ideas of the Greeks and Romans, and by doing this course you will find out about their influence in lots of areas of modern life. The focus in the AS year is firstly on Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, which is one of the oldest—and most famous—works of epic literature in the world. It is a thrilling tale, packed with excitement and adventure, which students have found to be a highly engaging and enjoyable introduction to ancient Greece and its key ideas. The second topic we look at examines sources on the lives of women in Athens (5th–4th century BC) and Rome (spanning 8th century BC–2nd Century AD), exploring the way women’s lives were different from today and how powerful they were. You will study issues such as marriage, rights, adultery, power and be surprised by the way that women were regarded by ancient societies – and at how they made their voices heard. In your second year, the A2 Classical Civilisation course looks at the Persian Wars 490–479BC by studying Herodotus’ ‘Histories’ and Aeschylus’ play ‘The Persians’. The second unit on Roman Epic Literature looks at the foundations of Imperial Rome under the Emperor Augustus by analysing Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’. Both units allow you to study the history and literature of the ancient world in depth and see why these subjects have inspired authors, historians and film-makers alike. All the material you will read on the course is in English, and you do not need to know anything about the ancient world before you start.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barton Peveril Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

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