Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation

Why choose Classical Civilisation?

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 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.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade B in English Language or Literature

Units of Study

AS Level

Classical Civilisation - Unit 1

Life and times of Cicero (Civ 1F) Study of the fall of the Roman republic based on a speech by Cicero plus some of his letters, both political and personal; the war between Caesar and Pompey and family relationships are two of the major themes.


Classical Civilisation - Unit 2

Iliad (CIV2A) Homer’s epic tells of the anger of Achilles and his quarrel with Agamemnon during the Trojan war. Themes will include leadership, revenge and loyalty.


A2 Level

Classical Civilisation - Unit 3

Greek Tragedy (CIV3C) Study of four Greek plays which have influenced writers and thinkers for over 2,400 years. Characters, values and dramatic presentation are all important.


Classical Civilisation - Unit 4

Tiberius and Claudius (CIV4D) The early Roman emperors are studied through the eyes of the historian Tacitus and biographer Suetonius, looking at their characters and how they managed or abused Rome and its empire.