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Classic Civilisation A Level at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School

Course description

Students studying Classical Civilisation will be able to learn about life in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. All texts from ancient Greece and Rome are in modern translations; students need no Greek or Latin . Classical Civilisation offers students the chance to develop skills which they would use in the study of literature, history and art and develop knowledge and understanding of all of these subjects.

Course content

Greek Architecture and Sculpture: A study of the development of Greek public buildings in the sixth, fifth and fourth centuries BC and the development of free standing and architectural sculpture in the same period. Through the study of these statues and buildings we can learn a great deal about the world of the ancient Greeks; their politics, religion, the status of men and women and their views on art.

Homers’ Odyssey: This tells of Odysseus on his long return from the Trojan War: one of the oldest stories in the world, but always with strong relevance for modern readers, for its ethical points, narrative structure, mythical elements and insights into an ancient civilisation, the moral values of society, ideas of reputation, hospitality and honour, the roles of women and of the gods, the power of Fate. Text: The Odyssey (translated by EV Rieu, Penguin).

Augustus and the Foundation of the Principate: A critical study of the career of Augustus between 44 BC and AD 14. Students will study the history , politics, literature and society of ancient Rome. They will examine the career of Augustus closely as he establishes peace in Rome and begins to enhance his power to such an extent that he is often called the first Roman emperor. Students will have the opportunity to develop their historical skills through examining documents from the period.

Roman Epic: Virgil’s Aeneid, written in the time of Augustus, is on the same scale as the Odyssey. It begins with Aeneas’ escape from the fall of Troy; after many adventures he lands in Italy and fights to establish the nation which will become Rome. Students study literature, society and values, philosophy, science and religion.

Entry requirements

At least one B grade in an essay-based subject is required as part of the normal entry requirements.


4 exams over 2 years.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years