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Classical Civilisation at St Martin's School Brentwood

Course description

This course provides an understanding of how poetic, artistic and dramatic forms developed in the ‘hothouse’ of ancient Greece. A deeper appreciation and understanding of some of the greatest literature in antiquity and its influence on future generations, right up to the present day.

The first year of the course introduces students to the world of ancient Greece through the

study of epic poetry, great comic drama and the nature of Athenian society. The complete

course encourages students to enjoy enduring works of literature, gain a thorough knowledge of this seminal region and period (500-300 BC); it develops a growing understanding of the spiritual, moral and cultural values which helped to shape the modern world.

The second year covers ancient Greek civilisation, expanding on knowledge gained during the AS year. In Epic Poetry, students now study Virgil’s Aeneid in a modern poetic translation and compare it with Homer’s Odyssey studied at AS. Students move on to the third of the great tragedians and compare him with Aeschylus and Sophocles from AS. In the Sculpture paper, students look closely at stylistic development, having concentrated on subject matter at AS.

Entry requirements

English B

Also preferred: English Language B

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years