Develop an independent, critical approach to literature, history and politics.
Classical Civilisation involves an in-depth study of 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 the subject valuable support for other subjects, such as Art, History, English Literature and Politics, while for others it is a pleasing contrast to science subjects.
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 from outside speakers, and take part in 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 gained prove to be a great help in other higher education courses and in any career
“From Homer to Euripides to Cicero,
Classics at Hills is both an exciting introduction to antiquity and a way to develop skills in many disciplines from history and literature to archaeology.” LILY
, 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)
Minimum Entry Admissions Score applies
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.