AS Course Content
Greek Sculpture – Why do so many
buildings have columns along the front?
In this module, you will study the
development of Greek public buildings
and sculpture in the 6th – 4th centuries
BC, looking at buildings such as the world
famous Parthenon on the Athenian
Acropolis or the Temple of Zeus at
Olympia, home of the Olympic Games.
The sculptures that you will study show
the advances the Greeks made in the
portrayal of the human figure, both
clothed and nude, and their success in
retelling myths pictorially.
Homer’s Odyssey – Following the ten year
Trojan War, the Greek warrior Odysseus is
trying to make his way home. The Odyssey
recounts his epic encounters, including his
arrival at home to find men seeking his
wife’s hand in marriage, and how he uses
his cunning to defeat them. Students
consider various themes, their historical
context and their relevance to the modern
A2 Course Content:
Augustus and the Foundation of the
Principate – A cunning, ruthless and
brutal warlord or a responsible statesman
devoted to restoring peace? Augustus
would want to you believe the latter, but a
biography of Augustus by Suetonius will
give you a more objective view of the man,
his motives and methods. So form your
own judgements on the leader who
revolutionised Roman government.
Roman Epic – In this topic you will see
for yourself how Virgil explores the
conflict between duty and emotion, the
nature of human responsibility to family,
country and gods, and what it takes to be
a hero in the new age of the Emperor.