Classical Civilisation A Level

Component 1: The World of the Hero

(H408/11)

The A level in Classical Civilisation consists of three components. The first is a compulsory component, that comprises 40% of the total A level: The World of the Hero (H408/11).

 

This consists of an in-depth study of Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid in translation, which examines two of the great epic poems of antiquity (their composition, narrative techniques, characterisation and the cultural context within which they were created).

Marble portrait of the emperor Augustus

Rogers Fund, 1907

The Met Fifth Avenue

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection

Component 1: The World of the Hero

(H408/11)

The A level in Classical Civilisation consists of three components. The first is a compulsory component, that comprises 40% of the total A level: The World of the Hero (H408/11).

 

This consists of an in-depth study of Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid in translation, which examines two of the great epic poems of antiquity (their composition, narrative techniques, characterisation and the cultural context within which they were created).

Marble portrait of the emperor Augustus

Rogers Fund, 1907

The Met Fifth Avenue

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection

Component 2: Culture and the Arts

Greek Theatre (H408/21)

The second component is called Culture and the Arts, and is worth 30% of the overall A level. Dr Beer has chosen Greek Theatre (H408/21), which looks at the birth of Greek tragedy and comedy in the fifth century BCE and its development.

 

Learners will look at the mechanics of Greek theatre (buildings, costume and stagecraft) and the cultural context within which plays were staged, and the evidence for these practices (archaeological sites, texts and vase paintings).

 

Learners will study in detail two tragedies (Oedipus the King by Sophocles and the Bacchae by Euripides) and a comedy (Frogs by Aristophanes).

Theatre of Thorikos, Athens

Attribution:  Dr. Peter Tzeferis, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Component 2: Culture and the Arts

Greek Theatre (H408/21)

The second component is called Culture and the Arts, and is worth 30% of the overall A level. Dr Beer has chosen Greek Theatre (H408/21), which looks at the birth of Greek tragedy and comedy in the fifth century BCE and its development.

 

Learners will look at the mechanics of Greek theatre (buildings, costume and stagecraft) and the cultural context within which plays were staged, and the evidence for these practices (archaeological sites, texts and vase paintings).

 

Learners will study in detail two tragedies (Oedipus the King by Sophocles and the Bacchae by Euripides) and a comedy (Frogs by Aristophanes).

Theatre of Thorikos, Athens

Attribution:  Dr. Peter Tzeferis, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Component 3: Beliefs and Ideas

Politics of the Late Republic (H408/33)

The third component is called Beliefs and Ideas, again worth 30% of the A level. Learners will study a particularly tumultuous and important period of  Roman history. In Politics of the Late Republic (H408/33), learners will look at the circumstances that led to the collapse of the Roman republic into civil war in the first century BCE, from the end of the dictatorship of Sulla to the death of Cicero and the move towards the birth of the empire under the emperor Augustus.

 

There will be a  focus on several important individuals who shaped these events, in particular Cato, Caesar and Cicero. For the latter, learners will also look at his career as a prominent lawyer (as well as his political activities) and the letters he wrote to friends and contemporaries.

 

The course textbook will be used in conjunction with the set texts and sources. At the end of the modules there will opportunities to review and revise material before practising skills and knowledge through some examination-type papers. 

 

Mark schemes will help candidates to understand what is required by the examiners to achieve the highest grades.

 

Click for Classical Civilsation A Level specification (OCR)

Acropolis, Athens

Image attribution: Jim Niakaris

Component 3: Beliefs and Ideas

Politics of the Late Republic (H408/33)

The third component is called Beliefs and Ideas, again worth 30% of the A level. Learners will study a particularly tumultuous and important period of  Roman history. In Politics of the Late Republic (H408/33), learners will look at the circumstances that led to the collapse of the Roman republic into civil war in the first century BCE, from the end of the dictatorship of Sulla to the death of Cicero and the move towards the birth of the empire under the emperor Augustus.

 

There will be a  focus on several important individuals who shaped these events, in particular Cato, Caesar and Cicero. For the latter, learners will also look at his career as a prominent lawyer (as well as his political activities) and the letters he wrote to friends and contemporaries.

 

The course textbook will be used in conjunction with the set texts and sources. At the end of the modules there will opportunities to review and revise material before practising skills and knowledge through some examination-type papers. 

 

Mark schemes will help candidates to understand what is required by the examiners to achieve the highest grades.

 

Click for Classical Civilsation A Level specification (OCR)

Acropolis, Athens

Image attribution: Jim Niakaris

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The A Level course requires approximately 350 hours of study. Students can choose to start the course at any stage of the year. Factors which influence whether to purchase the 12 months or 24 months access will include your other time commitments and whether you wish to take the exams in 12 or 24 months.

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