Classical Civilisation A2 Topics OCR/AQA

Length of course: 5 half-day sessions
Boards: OCR H441 and AQA2021

This course offers topics that may be suitable for students studying Classical Civilisation with OCR H441 or AQA 2021.  It revises selected topics only and will not be suitable for all students because schools can choose from a list of options and may not have chosen these topics. The topics have been selected based on historic popularity.

The course will be charged pro-rata for students not attending all sessions.

The course is focused on helping students understand the different Assessment Objectives to
maximise marks. Essay writing skills, including essay structure, content, planning and timeframe for each type of question will be addressed. Students will have the opportunity to tailor a program of study which addresses and prioritises their weaknesses and concerns whilst examining past paper questions. Key dates in The Aeneid, relevant glossary and historical content will be addressed.

Session 1 and 2

OCR students only

Virgil's The Aeneid and Homer's IIiad

Comparative analysis

Aeneid: Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12
IIiad: Books 6, 18, 22 and 24

Session 3 to 5

AQA students only

Virgil's The Aeneid

All books

The following topics will be covered:

Literary context

  • The composition of both epics
  • Plot
  • Narrative techniques including speeches and repetition
  • Descriptive techniques including similes and imagery
  • Characterisation
  • Themes within the epics including: heroism, honour and reputation, family, women, the role of the gods, the power of fate, the portrayal of war, moral values and the role of Aeneas in Rome’s imperial destiny.

Political, social, historical and cultural context

  • Virgil’s relationship to the regime of Augustus;
  • The political and historical background in which The Aeneid was written.
The following topics will be covered:

Literary context

  • The structure of the plot
  • Characterisation
  • Narrative and descriptive techniques and their effects (including use of flashback, similes and other imagery)
  • Themes

Religious, political, social and cultural context

  • The Homeric and Roman elements
  • Belief in fate and the gods
  • The nature of human responsibility
  • The roles of, and relations between, mortals and immortals, men and women, fathers and sons, Trojans, Greeks, Carthaginians and Italians
  • Concepts of heroism
  • Aeneas’ and Rome’s destiny and mission
  • The links between The Aeneid and the historical circumstances in which it was composed
  • The values and cultural assumptions implicit in The Aeneid.