Classical Civilisation focuses on the civilisations of Greece and Rome, and provides students with a broad and rewarding study of the classical world. Students have the opportunity to study elements of the literature, visual/material culture and thoughts of the classical world while acquiring an understanding of their social historical and cultural contexts.
You don’t have to know any languages - the texts are in translation - all you need is an interest in the ancient world and its cultures. Classical Civilisation involves interesting discussions that are directly relevant to today’s world.
A Level Years 12 & 13
What do I need before starting this course?
There are no qualifications required, merely an interest in the Classical world.
How is the course structured and what will I learn
The course will be split into two topics that are studies sequentially: 1) 'The World of the Hero', which consists of an in-depth study of Homer's Odyssey, and; 2) 'The Imperial Image', which consists of an examination of the ways in which Augustus conveyed his personal brand to all social classes of Rome. Regarding the latter, the idea of a Roman politician successfully 'spinning' a propaganda campaign is highly relevant to our society today.