Classical Civilisation A level

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Description

NEC's home study A level in classical civilisation - an introduction to ancient Rome and Greece, using carefully selected works of classical literature.

Components and/or options

  • Classical Civilisation A2
  • Classical Civilisation AS

This distance learning course will also explore the background to the art and literature of these ancient civilisations, enabling students to understand the context in which these works were first created, and to develop an appreciation of them from a modern perspective.

Benefits

  • Acquire, through studying literature in translation and physical evidence, knowledge and understanding of selected aspects of Classical Greek civilisation.
  • Develop awareness o…

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NEC's home study A level in classical civilisation - an introduction to ancient Rome and Greece, using carefully selected works of classical literature.

Components and/or options

  • Classical Civilisation A2
  • Classical Civilisation AS

This distance learning course will also explore the background to the art and literature of these ancient civilisations, enabling students to understand the context in which these works were first created, and to develop an appreciation of them from a modern perspective.

Benefits

  • Acquire, through studying literature in translation and physical evidence, knowledge and understanding of selected aspects of Classical Greek civilisation.
  • Develop awareness of the similarities and differences between the Classical world and later times, and thus to gain sensitivity to past societies whose spiritual, cultural and moral values and priorities contrast with those of the modern Western world.
  • Apply critical and evaluative skills at an appropriate level to evidence of different kinds from the materials studied.

Topics include

  • Unit 1: Homer's Odyssey and Society
  • Unit 2: Greek Tragedy in its context
  • Unit 3: Art and Architecture in the Greek World
  • Unit 4: Virgil and the World of the Hero

Entry requirements and hours of study

  • No previous knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.
  • You should allow 150 hours of study for the AS and 150 hours for the A2, plus extra time for completing assignments.

Specification

OCR AS:H041, A2: H441

Recommended texts

You will need to buy the following essential textbooks:

AS:

  • The Odyssey by Homer, translation by EV Rieu, Penguin Classics (ISBN 9780140449112), revised by DCH Rieu
  • The Oresteia by Aeschylus, translation by Fagles, Penguin Classics (ISBN 9780140443332) for Agamemnon
  • Electra and Other Plays by Sophocles, translation by Watling, Penguin (ISBN 9780140440287) for Ajax
  • Medea and Other Plays by Euripides, translation by Vellacott, Penguin Classics (ISBN 9780140441291) for Medea
  • Electra and Other Plays by Euripides, translation by J Davie, Penguin Classics (ISBN 9780140449785) for Trojan Women

A2:

  • Virgil’s Aeneid translation by D West, Penguin Edition
  • Homer’s Iliad translation by M Hammond, Penguin Edition
  • The Odyssey by Homer, translation by EV Rieu, revised DCH Rieu, Penguin Classics
  • An Introduction to Greek Art by Woodford, S, Duckworth
  • Greek Sanctuaries: An Introduction by Emerson, M, Bristol Classical Press

Coursework

No coursework. Two written exams for the AS, each 1hr30mins and worth 100 marks. Two written exams for the A2, each 2hrs and worth 100 marks.

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