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Ancient History AS / A2 at Christ The King College

Course description

Ancient History 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. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to study the work of those historians who shaped the Western tradition of historical writing: Herodotus, Thucydides, Tacitus and Plutarch.
Apart from studying the work of such notable historians you will examine archaeological evidence and descriptions of and commentaries on life in the ancient world provided by philosophers such as Plato and the satirists Juvenal and Horace.
You will acquire the skills required by a historian 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 Units 1 and 2 Greek History from Original Sources.
You will study how ancient historians recorded events and examine how modern historians analyse and evaluate records from the ancient world. Through the study of texts by authors such as Herodotus and Plato you will examine the origins of democracy in 5th century BC Athens, the importance of public speaking and the art of rhetoric, the growth of Athenian imperialism and the social and political structure of Sparta.
A2 Units 3 and 4 Greek History: Conflict and Culture.
Focussing on the expansion of the Persian Empire you will study the conflict between Greece and Persia through the work of the historian Herodotus. The histories of Thucydides and Xenophon will form the basis for an understanding
of conflict between Athens and Sparta in 4th century Greece. Lastly, you will examine artistic and religious life in Athens: for example, the rise of comedic and tragic theatre, and religious festivals and cults.

Entry requirements

Grade B or better in GCSE English Language and Literature or Classical Studies. You should be broadly interested in historical and socio-cultural issues in ancient society.


The course is assessed by short answer question and essay based papers – two in the AS year and two in the A2 year.

Future opportunities

Ancient History is suitable for students planning to enter a wide range of careers such as journalism, education, law, business, advertising, the civil service, government, social services or working in the City.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2015
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Key information

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