Examination Board: OCR
Please note that all literature is read in English and no prior knowledge of Latin or Greek is necessary.
This subject is varied and fascinating, and also helps us to understand the legacy left by the Greeks and Romans and their effect on the world today. Studying Classical Civilisation offers you the opportunity to learn more about today by studying the two civilisations which have contributed so much to Western civilisation. You will read, in translation, some of the most famous literature of the Greeks and Romans, and study and admire Greek art and architecture.
If you intend to study English at university, you should definitely consider studying Classical Civilisation as you will be better informed and understand the classical background to English Literature and Drama. Classical Civilisation in the Sixth Form also combines very well with all other arts subjects, including History, Modern Foreign Languages, Theatre Studies and Art. It also forms, surprisingly you may think, a good combination with scientific subjects. As well as offering a different academic discipline, it indicates your interest in wider subjects.
You should enjoy reading and looking at works of art and artefacts, and be ready to develop your essay-writing skills. If you are looking for variety and interest, you will not be disappointed.
This A-level includes the study of:
■ Greek theatre and art
■ Greek and Roman Epic
■ Greek religion and politics
After taking Classical Civilisation, our students have read subjects at university as diverse as English, Art, Archaeology, History, Theology, Law, Music, History of Art and Classical Studies.
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