Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation offers a thrilling insight into the ancient world through the study of art, architecture, literature, politics and religion - to name just a few!”
Mrs Binney, Head of Classics
Rhs classical civ a level

Students may opt to take Classical Civilisation at A Level with no prior experience of the ancient world and all texts are studied in English translation. Following the OCR examining board, students read and analyse both Greek and Roman texts as well as archaeological remains, frequently making comparisons between the two, as well as with modern ideals.

The ‘Greek Theatre’ module gives a fantastic insight into the psyche of the ancient world, whilst providing stories, and indeed theatrical spaces, that have withstood the test of time. Equally, Greek and Roman epics remain integral to European literature and the travels of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey as well as the trials of Aeneas in Virgil’s Aeneid have captured the imaginations of their audience for millennia. The ‘Greek Religion’ module further explores classical thought, beliefs and ideas through visual and material culture. Students analyse and evaluate primary source material such as vase paintings and archaeological sites including the Athenian acropolis and the sites of Delphi and Olympia. The invention and skill of the literary and artistic achievements from two and a half thousand years ago remain an utter inspiration today.

Developing critical thinking and analytical skills, students of Classical Civilisation are able to argue their case fluently, logically and with specific examples. Such skills will set them in good stead whatever career they may pursue.

Sixth Form Curriculum