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:

 Roman History

How do you use a cult of personality to become the sole ruler of an empire?

Virgil’s Aeneid

The study of the most famous of Roman heroes and how legends are used as propaganda.


Attitudes towards war and 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 Science