Why choose Classical Civilisation?
Learn to develop an independent critical approach to literature, history and politics.
This course is open to any students, no matter what your GCSE subjects. All texts are studied in translation, so no knowledge of any language other than English is needed. If you have done Classical Civilisation or Latin GCSE you will find that you have a head start on some topics. We do not, however, expect any prior knowledge: more than half the students in your class will never have studied any classical subject and the subject will be very different from what any of you have done before.
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 study both Literature and Ancient history, both Greek and Roman; you will read texts well over 2000 years old, looking at battles for power in the classical world and getting inside the minds of extraordinary individuals. The options we have chosen will give you great variety and will help you to develop a broad range of skills.
"Classics has without a doubt been my favourite subject this year. I have particularly enjoyed the Roman side of the course. The lessons are always interesting and engaging, with lots of help and support from teachers."
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 an informal Greek class at lunchtime and to take part in 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.
“Classics is a unique subject in many ways. It is both about ancient history and politics but also an insight into the ancient world through literature. The teachers are very inventive in their teaching style and are always happy to help you at any time of day.”
Many modern concepts, practices and ways of thinking in politics, philosophy, literature, art, architecture and even science have their origins in the classical world. Study of issues and people in the classical world also adds greatly to the understanding of modern events and people. Discussion will arise, for example, on why nations go to war, the nature of jealousy and revenge, the power of persuasive speech, the intoxicating and isolating effect of absolute power. More information
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