Learn to develop an independent critical approach to literature, history and politics.
Classical Civilisation involves in-depth study of the classical Greek and Roman worlds which have strongly influenced western literature, theatre, art and philosophy. You will learn to develop an independent, critical approach to literature, history and politics and to form strong analytical skills. Many students find it a valuable support for other arts subjects, while for others it is a pleasing contrast to the sciences.
You will have the opportunity to go on trips, to plays, conferences, museums and, in some years, to visit classical sites abroad such as those in Rome, Sicily and Greece. There is also the opportunity to take part in a student-led Classics society which offers opportunities to hear outside speakers, presentations, debates, discussions and experience games on classical themes. Many students of Classical Civilisation go on to study classical subjects at university; others find that the analytical thinking and writing skills prove to be a great help in other higher education courses and in any career.
"I love that within lessons we have the freedom to learn and express ourselves in a creative manner, making lessons not only fascinating but also really fun!" Ilhaam Kahn Blunden, Classical Civilisation student.
The World of the Hero
Homer's Iliad or Odyssey (only one epic will be studied) as well as Virgil's Aeneid.
The texts of Aristophanes' Frogs and Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Euripides’ Bacchae, and their social, political and religious context. The representation of theatre in the visual and material culture of Greece.
Politics of the Late Republic
The political thought of conflicts which eventually led to the downfall of the Roman republic. Examining Cato, Caesar and Cicero you will explore the very different lives of three contemporary political figures.
GCSE grade 6 in English (Language or Literature)
Many students of Classical Civilisation go on to study classical subjects at university; others find that the analytical thinking and writing skills gained prove to be a great help in other higher education courses and in any career.