Classical Civilisation A Level at Caistor Grammar School
All societies have different cultures and values which are often a source of conflict. This subject studies what it means to be ‘civilised’ through literature, philosophy, history, art and belief systems. The evidence of ancient Greece and Rome provides a vibrant picture of the values of the classical world, which has had such a profound influence on modern society.
Module 1 The World of the Hero
The concept of the ‘hero’ has changed throughout time usually to meet the values of a particular age. This module looks at the link between the values of the individual and how we reconcile them with the needs of community and politicians. Propaganda and ‘spin’ with mythology and monsters!
One off the earliest pieces of literature in the Western world follows the journey of Odysseus on his return from the Trojan War. An ‘Odyssey’ has come to symbolise the greatest test man can face challenging wit, compassion, intelligence and physical strength, asking the question how would we, as mortals measure up? More importantly, we consider what really matters in our lives.
Module 2 Greek Drama
The ancient Athenians believed that going to the theatre was so important for personal development and community strength that they gave free tickets to the poor. Greek tragedies take controversial and often shocking material as their subject matter, raising profound and challenging questions about what we value. Comedy, as today, provides a vibrant picture of the life of an ordinary citizen.
Module 3 Athenian Democracy
Most people in the Western world consider democracy to be the best form of government. We will study how and why Athenians invented it and consider the pros and cons of participation by the masses, which remains relevant today.
There is no prior knowledge required for this course, but an interest in mythology and the ancient world is obviously desirable. A flair for both English and History would be an advantage, and students should have obtained at least a grade 6 in English Literature or History. Students who have not taken History at GCSE should not be discouraged, but should be aware of the historical component.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caistor Grammar School directly.