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Classics

 

Subject Name: Classical Civilisations
Outline of the subject:

In Classical Civilisations we study the ancient Greek and Roman societies. In an age so long passed we make the most of the sources left behind by these societies and explore their culture through their art, literature, buildings and artefacts.

Course Offerings

Course Title Qualifications Obtainable Awarding Body
Key Stage 4 Courses
Classical Civilisation AS OCR
Key Stage 5 Courses
Classical Greek and Roman Studies IB

 

Year 7
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Year 8
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Year 9
Curriculum Content: AS: Classical Civilisation (Context)

In the first year of your AS you will begin to study the Greek and Roman world in order to understand the context of your main AS modules. In order to do this, we will explore the following themes:

 

·         Greek and Roman Religion

·         Greek and Roman Society

 

After this we will begin to look at the concept of the hero in Greek epics by studying Homer’s The Iliad, which will provide meaningful context for your examined AS module.

Year 10
Curriculum Content: AS: Classical Civilisation

The World of the Hero: The Odyssey

In this module we will use the knowledge you have acquired about Greek religion and society to understand what is meant by the term ‘Hero’ in a classical context. We will the apply this to a close analysis of Homer’s The Odyssey and consider how both ancient and modern audiences have responded to its themes and storyline.

Year 11
Curriculum Content: AS: Classical Civilisation

The Imperial Image

In this module we will study how the first Roman emperor Augustus came to and maintained power. We will then examine how he constructed the imperial image and our understanding of what it means to be a Roman emperor before evaluating his contemporary success as well as his legacy.

Year 12
Curriculum Content: IB: Classical Greek and Roman Studies

In the first year of your IB studies we will study the following modules:

·         Roman Religion (Paper 1): In this module you will build upon and deepen any previous understanding of Roman religion and its role within Rome and the empire.

·         Virgil’s The Aeneid (Paper 1): In this module you will read and analyse Virgil’s The Aeneid, developing your understanding of what is meant by terms such as ‘epic’ and ‘hero’ and considering how the text itself was constructed. You will also look at the purpose and meaning of the text in its historic context.

·         Roman Architecture (Paper 2): In this module you will look at a variety of examples of Roman Architecture and consider the construction and purpose in Roman society in order to reflect upon the norms and values of Roman Society as a whole.

Year 13
Curriculum Content: IB: Classical Greek and Roman Studies

In the second year of your IB studies you will complete the following:

·         Athenian Vase Painting (Paper 2): In this module you will learn how Athenian vases were made and how the decorating process developed by studying individual artists. You will also analyse the decoration and make links between the purpose of the vessels and the mythical scenes they often depict in order to make meaningful about Greek society.

·         Internal Assessment: For your internal assessment you will complete a 1500 world research dossier on a classical topic of your choice in which you will analyse classical sources.