Hutt Valley High School Hutt Valley High School

Level 3 Classical Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms R. Lantsbery.

Recommended Prior Learning

Reasonable success in Level 2 Classical Studies, English or History, or at the discretion of the HOD.

Year 13 Classical Studies is the study of the ancient civilization of Rome and explores its art, history, entertainment, literature, religion and philosophy. We analyse how the Emperors established power, maintained control and communicated their values to others. Students also learn how the past continues to influence the present.

This year we study:

 Power and Politics

What is an emperor and how did that concept develop? This year we look at how you use a cult of personality to become the sole ruler of an empire and the propaganda Augustus, the first emperor of Rome used to convince others that he was the man for the job.


Virgil’s Aeneid

Virgil's Aeneid is one of the most famous epic stories in history. We study one of the most famous Roman heroes looking at the conflicts, love stories and journeys through exotic places that shaped who he became. We also look at how legends are used as propaganda.


War, what is it good for?

The way the world has viewed war has changed markedly throughout the eras. We look at attitudes towards war throughout the ages and specifically how it was used by the emperors for control and bringing culture to the world.


Roman Art and Architecture/Roman Entertainment

How art and architecture communicated messages and entertained the masses to keep them in check.


Course Overview

Term 1
Establishing power - the cult of personality

Virgil's Aeneid - myth and propaganda

Term 2
Internal Assessment 1 - Ideologies

Portraits of Power - Art as propaganda

Introduction to Ancient Warfare

Term 3
Internal Assessment 2 - Showing links across time

Roman Entertainment - how to control the masses

Term 4

External Examinations

Learning Areas:

Social Sciences

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery