AS Level Classical Civilisation
It is the study of the literature and material culture of Greece and Rome. By reading Greek and Roman literature in translation and studying Greek art and sculpture, we also learn about Greek and Roman life including society, politics, marriage, entertainment, archaeology, warfare, gender roles, mythology and relationships.
Learners will study Homer’s Odyssey, as well as Virgil’s Aeneid. You will develop an increasingly sophisticated level of knowledge and understanding of the epics themselves, the way in which they were composed, and the religious, cultural and social values and beliefs of its society. The poems of Homer were considered by the Greeks themselves to be a foundation of Greek culture, standing as they do at the beginning of the Western literary canon. This epic of Homer, with its heroes, gods and exciting narratives, has been in continuous study since its conception and remains popular today. Learners also have the opportunity to appreciate Virgil’s Aeneid, a cornerstone and landmark in Western literature. Drawing inspiration from Homer, as well as from his own cultural and political context, Virgil explored what is was to be a hero in the Roman world and created a work which has proven enduringly popular.
Greek art over 300 years. A study of Greek vases, free standing sculpture and architectural sculpture and thus the material culture of Greece.
Component 3 will be concerning Greek relationships, religion or politics.
Classics is different from a study of Ancient History as we study the Classical world through its literature; the stories of Homer and the plays of the Tragedies, and its art. A study of Ancient History would study the ancient world through its ancient historians, i.e., the writings of Herodotus, Thucydides or Livy.