Classical Civilisation


Unit H408/11: The world of the hero: Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid (40%)

In this compulsory component learners will study one of either Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey, as well as Virgil’s Aeneid. Learners 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. Each text should be studied in an equal level of depth and should require an equal amount of teaching time.

Unit H408/24: Culture and the arts: Greek art (30%)

The 6th – 4th centuries BC was a period of great change in the Greek world, and this is reflected in the art which was produced. In this component learners will gain a thorough knowledge of the selected aspects of Greek art, but they will also gain some understanding of, and insight into, the context in which it was created, particularly the areas of religion, society, values and history/politics. Learners will have the opportunity to explore and engage with a range of the visual arts produced by the Greeks in 6th – 4th centuries BC, including free-standing sculpture, architectural sculpture and vase-painting.

Unit H408/31: Beliefs and ideas: Greek religion (30%)

Religion was an essential part of ancient Greek identity, permeating all strata of society and all aspects of an individual’s daily life. Religion could be connected to the household, to life in the city or life in the countryside; moreover politics and religion were intertwined to the extent that political decisions were sometimes made on the basis of divine oracular intervention. Religion was also an important tool for the creation of local and Panhellenic identities, as well as of competition between the Greek city-states.

Studying the practicalities of religious ritual, and the role it played in society, alongside the functions and layout of famous temple complexes, will make this component tangible for learners and help develop their sense of the central role religion played in the life of everyday people


Mr I Tsakiridis: (HOD)