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Classical Civilisation


AS/A2 Classical Civilisation 

 This varied course gives students an appreciation and understanding of the origins of western literature, drama, art, architecture and politics, whilst fostering analytical skills and an intellectual flexibility that is vital in the modern workplace.

The course is supported through trips to ancient sites, drama performances and seminars. Students need not have studied Classical Civilisation at GCSE. The AS modules are Greek architecture and sculpture, where students examine the iconic temple buildings of Ancient Greece and study the development of Greek sculpture, and Homer’s Odyssey,the tale of how the Greek hero Odysseus encountered gods, witches, monsters and skulduggery in his attempt to return home from Troy.

At A2, students are given the opportunity to study the tragic plays of Sophocles and Euripides, including King Oedipus, Antigone, Hippolytus and Medea, and  to explore the Roman epic the Aeneid, in which, with poetic beauty, Virgil raises questions about the nature of love, war, destiny, duty and heroism, whilst giving us an insight into the political realities of his day.

Higher Education and beyond

Classical Civilisation is a very stimulating course, which can be combined at either level with any other subject. Most importantly it will enrich your understanding of a wide range of disciplines, broadening your education and career options for the future. Students in the past have found their study of Classical Civilisation relevant to a wide range of subjects at university, including Law, History, Art, Classics, Theatre Studies, History of Art, English, Politics, Economics and Languages.

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