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Head of Department - Mr James Stone
Classical Civilisation A level provides the opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of the classical world, which is very much at the root of so many areas of the Western world. Within the course there is a chance to explore some history, literature and art, all within the manageable context of the Greek and Roman worlds, worlds distant to our own, but inextricably linked. Thus it gives an understanding of the origins of our own society, and so a better knowledge of it. It develops the following skills: selection and analysis of source material, presentation of argument, and flexibility from dealing with topics of different disciplines. It also gives insight into how individuals operate and how a society works and identifies itself.
The course involves the study of set texts and other source materials. Topics covered may include the downfall of the Roman Republic in First Century Rome, with all the intrigues between the different political factions, and the Greek epic poem Homer’s Odyssey. There will be a trip to the British Museum to explore the background for the topics that we are studying. In the second year we usually study the great war between Greece and Persia, with its clash between the cultures of the East and the West, and the Roman epic poem Virgil’s Aeneid. There is a thriving Classics Society, run by Sixth Formers, with talks on subjects related to the course and also on topics of particular interest to individual speakers. We also organise trips to classical lectures, plays and exhibitions. In the Easter holidays there is a trip to the classical sites in Greece or Italy.