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Classical Civilisation

Level GCSE
Exam Board AQA
Website www.aqa.org.uk

Classical Civilisations is the study of the Civilisations of the Classical Mediterranean, the Greeks and the Romans. In ‘Classics’, we consider the social, political and literary features of a period of history that has huge influences on our world today.

We consider Classics through primary texts in translation, allowing students to experience first-hand the views and opinions of the people who lived in the Classical World.

Classics is valuable whether or not a student intends to pursue his or her study of the past beyond GCSE: the associated skills of organisation, analysis and argument provide skills that undoubtedly support a wide range of other subjects - and help to prepare young people for the world of work.

What we Study:

  • Unit 1: Myth and Religion
    In this Unit, students will explore the fascinating Religious beliefs of the Greeks and the Romans. We will consider Myths and Legends, from the Trials of Hercules to the story of Aeneas and the founding of Rome, as well as exploring beliefs about the Pagan gods, and human attitudes towards the divine, including how the Greeks and Romans showed their appreciation and frustration with the gods they worshiped. Finally, students will as well as studying the role religion played in Classical lives, consider Temples, Sacrifices, festivals and attitudes towards death.
     
  • Unit 2: Roman City Life
    In this Unit, students will explore the everyday life in Roman Cities, considering Life in Rome, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia. We will consider the lives of both the rich and the poor, looking at housing, education, home life (including slavery!) as well as entertainment, the popularity of gladiatorial fighting and chariot races.

Process

Students will engage with key questions and be asked to assess and analyse a range of primary and secondary sources, including written texts, pictorial and archaeological materials such as frescoes, statues, buildings, mosaics and human remains.

Students of Classics will be expected to develop an understanding of the major themes in the Greek and Roman world. In doing so, students will develop their essay writing skills and an understanding of how to critique a wide range of sources.

How your work will be assessed

Students will be assessed in two exams at the end of the two years of study, both making up 50% of the final GCSE. Students will be assessed on their knowledge of the two units, Myth and Religion and Roman City Life, as well as their ability to analyse sources, construct arguments and judge interpretations of the past.

Post-16 Choices

Classical Civilisations is also available for study at A-Level, where familiar topics will be studied in more depth  allowing students to develop a better understanding and a sense of awe and wonder towards the Civilisations of the Greeks and Romans.

Staff Contact
Mr W Dale - wdale@oxtedschool.co.uk