Classical Studies 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr N. Howard


If you did not take a pathway course at Level 2, or achieved fewer than 14 credits in that course, you will need HOD approval.

Classical Studies involves the study of aspects of Ancient Greek and Roman History, Art and Literature.

• Roman and Greek Literature
• Roman Art and Architecture
• Ancient Roman History and Philosophy

Course Overview

Term 1
Aristophanes’ Comedies
This is a Greek literature topic that you can use to answer short answer extract based questions in Achievement Standard 3.1. The focus is on Attic Old Comedy with special reference to Aristophanes’ Wasps and Frogs including a general knowledge of background and staging.

Internal Assessment for 3.4 will take place in Term 1.

Term 2
Art Of The Roman Empire
This is a Roman art history topic that you can use to answer short answer extract based questions in Achievement Standard 3.2. The topic looks at the sculpture (including portraits and historical reliefs), mosaics and public architecture of the Roman Empire from Augustus to Constantine with special reference to the following set works:

Patrician Carrying Busts
Pont du Gard
Ara Pacis Augustae
Theatre at Lepcis Magna
Maison Carree
Reliefs from the Arch of Titus
Trajan’s Column
Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli
Mosaics from Hadrian’s Villa
Hadrian’s Baths at Lepcis Magna
Bust of Commodus
Temple of Bacchus at Baalbek
Bust of Philip the Arabian
Arch of Constantine

Term 3
This is a Roman history topic that you can use to answer essay questions in Achievement Standard 3.3. The topic follows the career of Augustus from the death of Julius Caesar in 44BC to his own death in 14AD. Through his rise to power, constitutional settlements, administration of the provinces, search for a successor and his building and religious programmes in Rome you will follow the career of perhaps the greatest Roman whoever lived.

Internal Assessment for 3.5 will take place in Term 3.

Term 4
Revision for externals takes place in Term 4.

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