Classical civilisation is the study of the civilisation, arts and history of ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East, and therefore the foundations of the modern western and middle eastern world.
The AS level course covers the following topics:
- Unit 1 EITHER The life and times of Cicero (broadly, this unit covers the fall of the Roman Republic)
- Unit 2 Homer's 'Iliad'
and at A2, you wil study the following:
- Unit 3 Greek Tragedy
- Unit 4 Alexander the Great
You will acquire skills of analysis, literary criticism, art appreciation and evidence gathering. Visits to museums and classical sites have often been a feature of this course. There is no coursework element to this course.
Classical civilisation is an excellent course to combine with English, history, art or modern languages. It can be an interesting contrast to the sciences or mathematics, and those who are already interested archaeology or anthropology would almost certainly enjoy this course. It is highly regarded by universities.
No knowledge of Latin or Greek is required, nor do you need to have studied classical civilisation previously.