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Classical Civilisation

Minimum Entry Criteria

Desired: 7 in Classical Civilisation or 7 in English Language or English Literature (or other humanity)

Essential: 6 in Classical Civilisation or 6 in English Language or English Literature (or other humanity)

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Outline of the Course

Unit 1: The World of the Hero (H408/11) Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid

  • Study two of the cornerstones of Western Literature. Analyse the plot and characters present in the set books of both pieces of epic poetry and compare themes such as heroism, the role of the gods and fate, the position of women and the context in which both texts were composed.

Unit 2: Culture and the Arts: The Greek Theatre (H408/21)

  • This is unit takes a holistic approach to the topic. You will study two tragedy plays (Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Euripides’ Bacchae) and one comedy play (Aristophanes’ Frogs) and analyse key themes and plot devices. Also you will look at the context in which the plays are set, theatre conventions and our sources of information on the Greek theatre and what it reveals about Greek society.

Unit 3: Beliefs and Ideas: Politics of the Late Republic (H408/33)

  • Study in detail the political structure of 78-43BC and key individuals such as Sulla, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Pompey and Crassus who drastically changed the political landscape of the time. Analyse set sources to look at the causes and consequences of political scandals, alliances and civil wars.

Assessment

 
Type of Assessment
Duration
Weighting
1
Passage questions from extracts of the set books that have been studied. A comparative question between the Iliad and the Aeneid. A choice of 2 essays.
2 hours 20 minutes
40%
2
Short factual knowledge questions. A commentary question based on an extract from one of the set plays/sources. A choice of 2 essays.
1 hour 45 minutes
30%
3
Short factual knowledge questions. A commentary question based on an extract from a set source. An own knowledge explanation question. A choice of 2 essays.
1 hour 45 minutes
30%

Sixth-Form-Programme-of-Courses-2023.pdf Classical Civilisation Summer and Endeavour Task