Classical Civilisation AS/A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Oundle School
The Classical Civilisation course is a balance of Ancient History and Literature. In the Lower Sixth students read and discuss the whole of Homer’s Iliad in English for one of the two AS papers. The other module involves reading Aristophanes’ comedies and studying their Athenian context. In the Upper Sixth there is one paper on Virgil’s Aeneid; the other involves reading a selection of Greek tragedies.
There is a commitment to essay writing, but knowledge of the historical sources and the literary texts is also explored through class discussion and context questions. Visiting lecturers are often invited to talk on related material. The department organises trips to Rome and Athens. There is no coursework.
This course will particularly suit those interested in literature - particularly drama - and history. No previous knowledge of the ancient world or the classical languages is required. A significant number of pupils choose to continue their studies of the ancient world with degree courses in Classics, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History and Archaeology.
AS Unit 1 CIV 1 Option C Aristophanes and Athens 1½ hours written examination [25%] Study of Aristophanes’ comic take on life and politics in Athens.
AS Unit 2 CIV 2 Option A Homer’s Iliad 1½ hours written examination [25%] Study of the literature, society and ideas in Homer’s Iliad.
A2 Unit 3 CIV 3 Option C Greek Tragedy 1½ hours written examination [25%] Study of some of the great Athenian tragedies, including Oedipus Rex and Medea.
A2 Unit 4 CIV 4 Option C Roman Epic 1½ hours written examination [25%] Study of the literature, society and values in Virgil’s Aeneid.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oundle School directly.