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Classical Civilisation A level **FEES PAYABLE** at Marlborough College

Course description

Classics is a popular and flourishing subject at Marlborough, and we aim to instil in all our students an enjoyment and appreciation of the rich linguistic, artistic and cultural legacy of the classical world.  The department is staffed by six teachers and occupies five well-equipped classrooms in the Languages Centre. It enjoys the use of its own departmental library and an excellent cast collection of Greek Sculpture. 

The aim of this course is to study some of the outstanding achievements of Greek and Roman civilisation in literature and art.  The course is of particular use to those without Latin or Greek who wish to study Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology or History of Art at university, but also appeals to anyone with an interest in the ancient world.

Course content

Epic Poetry (Homer and Virgil) and Greek Tragedy (the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides) are read in translation. Students also study sculpture, vase painting and architecture from the Archaic and Classical periods (600 to 350 BC), and benefit from the department’s cast collection of Greek sculpture.

Much of this art and architecture can also be seen at first hand on the department’s biennial study trip to Greece.


UNIT 1 (CC2): Homer’s Odyssey and Society (25%)

Homer’s Odyssey with special reference to books 4-12, 18-22.

UNIT 2 (CC4): Greek Tragedy in its Context (25%)

Aeschylus Agamemnon, Sophocles Antigone, Euripides Medea and Electra.

UNIT 3 (CC8): Art and Architecture in the Greek World (25%)

Free-standing sculpture, architectural  sculpture, vase painting and temple architecture.

UNIT 4 (CC10): Virgil and the World of the Hero (25%)

Virgil Aeneid (with special reference to books  1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12) and Homer Iliad (with special reference to books 6, 18, 22, 24).

Future opportunities

Every year our best classicists win places at Oxbridge.

Further information

The department also runs a popular biennial trip to the ancient sites of Greece and enjoys success in district reading competitions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Marlborough College directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2016
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