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An A level in Classical Civilisation will enable you to gain a knowledge and understanding of the classical world through the study of a diverse range of ancient literature, thought and culture. You'll cover both social and historical contexts in order to understand the legacy of the classical world.
This course is one of our new Gold Star A levels. Find out more about them here.
Duration of study
- Who was Homer?
- Beginning The Odyssey - Book 1
- Odysseus, Calypso and Nausicaa
- The Phaeacians
- The missing years
Section 2 - Homer's world of the hero: The Odyssey, 2
- A beggar at the palace
- The battle for Penelope
- Narrative techniques and themes
Section 3 - Virgil's world of the hero: The Aeneid, 1
- Characters and themes
- The fall of Troy
- The Underworld
Section 4 - Virgil's world of the hero, The Aeneid, 2
- A vision of Rome
- The context of The Aeneid
- Techniques, values and themes
Section 5 - Greek theatre: Oedipus the King
- Ancient Greek theatre
- Greek tragedy
- Sophocles' Oedipus
- Events and characters
- Themes in Oedipus
Section 6 - The theatre of Dionysus: Bacchae
Section 7 - Old comedy: Frogs
Section 8 - The gods
Section 9 - Greek worship, sacrifice, festivals and oracles
Section 10 - Sanctuary sites: Acropolis, Delphi and Olympia
Exams and assessment
- 2 hours 20 minutes, 40% of marks
- 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of marks
- 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
This course has:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 10 assignments
Set texts and resources
- OCR Classical Civilisation AS and A Level Components 21 and 22, R Hancock, J Renshaw and L Swift, Bloomsbury Academic 2017
- OCR Classical Civilisation A Level Components 31 and 34, A Mitropoulos, T Morrison, J Renshaw and J Steinhauer, Bloomsbury Academic 2017
- The Odyssey, Homer (EV Rieu, D Rieu and P Jones), Penguin Classics 2003
- The Aeneid, Virgil (D West), Penguin Classics 2003
- The Three Theban Plays: 'Antigone', 'Oedipus the King', 'Oedipus at Colonus', Sophocles (R Fagles), Penguin Classics 1984
- Bacchae, Euripides (D Franklin), Cambridge University Press 2000
- Frogs, Aristophanes (J Affleck, C Letchford and J Harrison), Cambridge University Press 2014
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- Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team.
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