Why Should You Take This Course?
Students who have previously taken this Course have ventured into a variety of careers from journalism to accountancy, the Civil Service and publishing.
The history and literary achievements of Greece and Rome form the basis for this Course of study which seeks to acquaint student with the nature of the Classical World.
AS: Year 1
Students will study two modules: The Life and Times of Cicero and Homer's 'Iliad'.
This requires the students to examine the life and the role of Cicero in the last years of the Roman Republic. Students will learn about the life of Cicero through his 'elected Works', against the political backdrop of the Roman Republic in the 1st century BCE. Along the way a cast of characters will appear from Sulla to Caesar, Pompey to Mark Antony. The students will also study the Iliad and its tale of the Greek and Trojan heroes in the siege of Troy. This study will also examine the role of the Gods in the conflict and their impact on the humans. In the Iliad we will meet heroes such as Hector and Achilles, Patroclus and Agamemnon; with a supporting cast including Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite and Athena.
A2: Year 2
Students will study two modules: The Life and Rule of Augustus and Virgil's 'Aeneid'.
The students will study the creation of the Roman Empire through the life of the first Emperor Augustus. This unit examines the ways in which Augustus was able to establish the Julio-Claudian dynasty against the background of Augustus' rise and rule from 44 BCE to 14 CE. The study of the Aeneid offers the student a chance to examine the Epic prepared by Virgil during the reign of Augustus. Here you will meet characters including Aeneas, Dido, Turnus and Camilla.
How will I be assessed?
Regular assessment will take the form of source based questions and essay writing, with regular practice of these skills under exam conditions.
Are there any special expenses?
Students will be advised which texts they will need to purchase for the Course all of which are readily available from booksellers and on-line sites.
What could I do next?
Classical Civilisations is a respected degree subject in Higher Education and can open the door to a variety of careers, including archaeology, museum curator, journalism, the Civil Service, etc.