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A Level Classical Civilisation (OCR)

A Level Classical Civilisation

Dates Available

  • Week 1: Monday 25 March – Friday 29 March
  • Week 2: Monday 1 April – Friday 5 April
  • Week 3: Monday 8 April – Friday 12 April


OCR H408

Length of Course

8 hour seminars or 4 hour seminars (where advertised)


9am to 6pm daily (or 9am – 1pm; 2pm – 6pm as required)

The course will consist of intensive coverage of the material set for the exam and suggestions on how to apply the material in well-argued essays and answers. Reference will also be made to background information regarding the social and cultural context in which the literature was written.

Target areas:

  • Deploying evidence to assess topics comprehensively
  • Use of technical vocabulary in stylistic analysis

Please book each day separately to fit your requirements. All texts are published by Penguin.

Component One: ‘World of the Hero’

  • Monday Roman Epic Virgil: The Aeneid (Translated by D. West, revised)
  • Tuesday Greek Epic Homer: The Odyssey (Translated by E. V. and D. Rieu, revised)
  • Wednesday Greek Epic Homer: The Iliad (Translated by E. V. Rieu, revised)

Component Two: ‘Culture and the Arts’

  • Thursday am Imperial Image
  • Thursday pm Greek theatre

Component Three: ‘Beliefs and Ideas’

  • Friday am Politics of the late Republic
  • Friday pm Greek Religion

Separate seminars may be arranged for Component 2: The Invention of the Barbarian and Greek Art and Component 3: Love and Relationships, Democracy and the Athenians.

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