Classical Studies - Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr N. Howard

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.


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.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
Course endorsement provides recognition for a student who has performed exceptionally well in an individual course.
Students will gain an endorsement for a course if, in a single school year, they achieve:
14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence, and
at least 3 of these credits from externally assessed standards and 3 credits from internally assessed standards.

This course is approved for University Entrance.
For a full list of UE approved subjects, go here:

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91394 v2 Classical Studies 3.1 - Analyse ideas and values of the classical world
4r,4w *
A.S. 91395 v2 Classical Studies 3.2 - Analyse the significance of a work(s) of art in the classical world
4r,4w *
A.S. 91397 v2 Classical Studies 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of significant ideology(ies) in the classical world
6r *
A.S. 91398 v2 Classical Studies 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of the lasting influences of the classical world on other cultures across time
6r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 20

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.

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