Classical Civilisation

AS and A2 Level Course Outlines


The Classical Civilisation Easter Revision course is organised as a "mix and match" course to allow students to choose a revision programme that matches their exact requirements. The most popular topics available on AQA specification are listed below but we are also able to offer topics from other boards. If a topic you require is not listed then please contact the Course Director who will try to meet your needs. The teaching of all units will incorporate material taken from a variety of sources including contemporary sources, archaeological information, documentaries, textbooks, articles, cartography and when relevant clips from academic lectures.  Each module will last for one half-day session.

On your registration form, please specify the examining board, module code, title and any other relevant information. This will enable us to draw up an individual timetable for your modules. 


Athenian Democracy: Arguably the most influential experiment of all time.

Greek Architecture and Structure: A chance to study the buildings and art that has impacted upon architects and artists all around the world for the last 2500 years.

Women in Athens and Rome: Exactly what was the role and position of the fairer sex in these great cities?

Homer Iliad: War, revenge, lust and godly intervention combine in one of the greatest stories ever created.

Homer Odyssey: A very long journey filled with constant adventure and disaster.

Athenian Imperialism: A democracy, an empire and many battles.

Second Punic War: The one with Hannibal and the elephants.

Roman Architecture and Town Planning: How does such a vast empire build and manage its cities and towns?

Athenian Vase Painting: Not only an incredible art form but also a superb historical source from which we can learn much.


Mycenaean Civilisation: Early Greece. Before the Athenians and the Spartans there were other great powers.

Persian Wars: Xerxes and Pericles, the battle of Marathon, the 300. These wars are intrinsically linked to the development of many of the great Greek states.

Greek Tragedy: Some of the greatest plays created by some of the greatest playwrights who lived and flourished during Athenian democracy.

Socrates and Athens: The man who held great influence but who ultimately paid the price for his outspoken ways.

Augustus and the Foundation of the Principate: The first and in many ways the most controversial and interesting Emperor.

Alexander: Great emperor or psychopathic tyrant? A study of his life, his impact and his legacy.

Roman Epic: Inspired by Greek literature but wholly Roman all at the same time.

Tiberius and Claudius: Two complicated and controversial early emperors. An excellent array of source material allows us to really get an insight into the personalities and reigns of these men.