A Level Classical Civilisation (Legacy)

What is Classical Civilisation?

Classical Civilisation is the study of the ancient world from the earliest known civilisations until the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in 476 CE. In this course understanding of our ancient past is gained through the study of the Greek and Roman worlds, looking at their history, politics, culture and literature. We look at the way the ancient world has shaped the modern and influenced us in ways both obvious and subtle.

The A-level specification is divided equally between the Greek and Roman worlds in order to provide insight into both and focuses upon key aspects of their history as well as some of their most famous literature.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

Classical Civilisation is a complex but deeply interesting subject that requires students to analyse the past and critically consider the causes and effects of major events.

Classical Civilisation combines well with English Literature, History, Sociology, Media Studies, Geography, Government and Politics, Law, Theology/Religious Studies and Philosophy. In terms of careers, it leads to many possibilities including academic research, teaching, media, journalism, government roles, heritage, cultural roles, anthropology and museum work.

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

There is an emphasis on analysis and acquisition of knowledge. A wide range of support materials will be provided. Students are required to read widely, produce regular homework and weekly timed assignments are set.

AS Specification Number
AQA 1021

 

Unit 1 (CIV1B)

1h 30m exam 50% (25%)
Athenian Democracy. 
Greece is known as the birthplace of democracy but what most people don't realise is that it was an experiment, a political experiment. In this unit we study the birth of democracy through the analysis of history, politics and literature and try to understand how this experiment became the most important political movement of all time.

Students are required to answer one structured, source-based question (from a choice of two) and one short essay on their chosen topic.

Unit 2 (CIV2B)

1h 30m exam 50% (25%)
Homer: The Odyssey.
This is one of the most famous pieces of literature of all time and has been inspiring people for over two and a half thousand years. Politicians, musicians, artists, poets, authors and movie-makers have all used Homer as their muse. We will analysis the religious, cultural and social values implicit in the text in attempt to truly understand this wonderful piece of ancient literature.

Students are required to answer one structured, source-based question (from a choice of two) and one short essay on their chosen topic.

Reading list

Author Title Publisher
Aristophanes  Wasps  Penguin 
Aristotle  Constitution of the Athenians  Penguin 
J K Davies  Democracy and Classical Greece  Fontana Press 
Homer  The Odyssey  Penguin 
Robin Sowerby  York Notes on Homer's The Odyssey  Longman 

 

A2 Level

MPW approach to A2 study

In the A2 year the focus is building upon the knowledge gained during the first year and thus deepening the students' understanding of the Classical World. By continual study of the history and politics of the ancient world we also attempt to illustrate the consequences of these ancient events and how they have impacted the world and people over time. By introducing Roman history and literature in the second year we will thus ensure the students have a detailed knowledge of two of the most important civilisations of the classical world. Comparisons will be made between the Greek and Roman worlds, paying specific attention to political, cultural, social and literary similarities and differences.

A wide range of support materials will continue to be provided and students will continue to be expected to read widely, produce regular homework and complete the weekly timed assignments.

A2 Specification Number
AQA 2021

 

Unit 3 (CIV3D)

1h 30m exam 50% (25%)
Augustus and the Foundation of the Principate.
This is a fascinating unit that covers arguably the most important period of Roman History. Focusing upon the final days of the Roman Republic and the birth of the Roman Empire we critically examine the life and career of Augustus from 44BCE to 14CE. We will look at history, politics, literature, society and values in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of this pivotal moment in history.

Candidates answer one structured, source-based question (from a choice of two) and one extended essay on their chosen topic.

Unit 4 (CIV4C)

1h 30m exam 50% (25%)
Roman Epic.
This unit will be a critical study of selected books of the Aeneid in its religious, political, cultural and social context. Commissioned by Augustus, Virgil's Aeneid is an interesting, entertaining and important piece of classical literature and study of it enables students greater insight into one of the most fascinating and dynamic periods of history. This topic requires study into literature, society and values, philosophy, science and religion.

Candidates answer one structured, source-based question (from a choice of two) and one extended essay on their chosen topic.

Reading List

AuthorTitlePublisher
P A Brunt and J M Moore  Res Gestae Divi Augusti  Oxford University Press 
Suetonius  The Twelve Caesars  Penguin 
Virgil  The Aeneid  Penguin 
Robin Sowerby  York Notes on Virgil's The Aeneid  Longman 

Full specification details: http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/humanities/classical_civ_materials.php