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A Level Classical Civilisation at St Bartholomew's School

Course description

This non-linguistic course is suitable for all, especially those with an interest in literature and the ancient world. Topics are: Homer’s ‘Iliad’ and ‘Odyssey’ – the Trojan War and the adventures of Odysseus: Greek tragedy – plays exploring moral and religious issues and family passions; Greek art – portrayal in sculpture and painted pottery of myths, everyday life and the human body, plus architecture (no artistic ability required); Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’ – Aeneas’s journeys, love affair and fighting to establish the Roman Empire. The subject, apart from being interesting in itself, also provides a good background for the study of other subjects, especially English and other literatures and art history. The Greeks invented democracy, drama, epic poetry, realistic sculpture and philosophy, while their myths, always a source of fascination, are relevant to all the topics. Virgil’s Roman epic, much influenced by Greek culture, has been the best known work of European literature or 2,000 years.


AS (50% of full A Level course) 2 examinations – 1½ hours each 

A2 (50% of full A Level course) 2 examinations of 2 hours each

Students are encouraged to develop their own views and to explore comparisons between classical and modern cultures. Discussions can be lively! Tasks include: essays, analyses of art and drama, background reading on mythology and politics.

Financial information

Desirable but not compulsory:
Theatre trips – variable between £15 and £25
Museum Trips – approximately £15-£20
Trip to Greece– approximately £650-£700 (one week)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bartholomew's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

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