Languages - Classics

A LEVEL

UPPER SIXTH (2017-8 only)

Two modules are studied

ROMAN EPIC

A critical study of selected books of the Aeneid in its religious, political, cultural and social context. The topic requires study in the areas of Literature society and values philosophy, science and religion. The synoptic assessment will draw together knowledge, understanding and skills in these three areas. Candidates will be expected to link understanding of Roman society, religion and values to a comparativeanalysis and evaluation of the books of the Aeneid specified below. Candidates will be required to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and the ability to make a reasoned evaluation of

• the following text: - Virgil, Aeneid, tr. D.West, Penguin 2003 ISBN 978-0140449327, Books 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12

AUTUMN TERM: FIRST HALF

TOPIC

STUDENT WORK

the links between the Aeneid and the historical circumstances in which it was composed

Links to Augustus unit/ moral legislation

the structure of the plot: the Homeric and Roman elements

Reading of books 1-4: analysis of story: belief in fate and the gods; characters; human responsibility; destiny; concept of heroism; roles of, and relations between, mortals and immortals, men and women, fathers and sons, Trojans, Greeks, Carthaginians and Italians; narrative and descriptive techniques and their effects (including use of flashback, similes and other imagery)

Charts of story and themes

Presentations of characters

Debates between characters

Creative work

One context question

One essay

AUTUMN TERM: SECOND HALF

Reading of books 5-6: study of relations between Aeneas and his men/ father/son; aetiological rituals

Careful analysis of book 6 and the parade of heroes: concept of ROME ad her values

Chart of rituals

Diagram of the Underworld

Chart of Roman characters

Presentation of effect on Aeneas’ character

Essay

Reading of books 7-9: study of similar aspects to other books above; development of Aeneas’ character and presentation of the enemy

Keep notes going under separate theme headings

Context question practice

SPRING TERM: FIRST HALF

TOPIC

STUDENT WORK

Reading of books 10-12; analysis of main characters; idea of the Greek and the Roman hero

Essay

Analysis of the Death of Turnus

Context question

Narrative and descriptive techniques and their effects (including use of flashback, similes and other imagery)

Begin general revision notes

Essay

SPRING TERM: SECOND HALF

TOPIC

STUDENT WORK

Aeneas’ and Rome’s destiny and mission throughout the book; development of Aeneas into a Roman hero

Presentation of examples

Essay

belief in fate and the gods; the nature of human responsibility; the roles of, and relations between, mortals and immortals

General revision notes

Presentations

Essay and Context question

SUMMER TERM: FIRST HALF

General revision and practice papers as necessary

AUGUSTUS AND THE PRINCIPATE

Augustus and the Foundation of the Principate

A critical study of the career of Augustus between 44 BC and AD 14.

The topic requires study in the areas of

history and politics literature society and values.

The synoptic assessment will draw together knowledge, understanding and skills in these three areas.

Candidates will be expected to link understanding of the sources and contemporary Roman values to a comparative analysis and evaluation of a range of aspects of Augustus’ career.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and the ability to make a reasoned evaluation of

• the evidence provided by the following

Res Gestae Divi Augusti, tr. with commentary by P A Brunt and J M Moore, Oxford University Press, 1967, ISBN 978-0198317722

and

Suetonius, Augustus, as in The Twelve Caesars, tr. R Graves, Penguin, rev. ed. 1979 (reprinted 2003), ISBN

978-0140449211

and

Ara Pacis Augustae, Forum of Augustus, Prima Porta statue of Augustus

AUTUMN TERM: FIRST HALF

TOPIC

STUDENT WORK

Octavian’s relationship with Cicero and Mark Antony

Presentation on main facts

Essay

Battle of Actium

Plan of tactics

Context question

the major events from 31-27 in establishing peace and founding the Principate

Timeline

Essay

the basis of his power; his attitude towards the constitution and republican precedents; the manipulation of opinion

Chart of powers and titles

Context question

Study of modern parallels

his relationship with senate and equites

Essay

Presentation of reforms

AUTUMN TERM: SECOND HALF

TOPIC

STUDENT WORK

reasons for, details and significance of his social legislation and religious policy

Chart of reforms

Essay

In depth study of the Ara Pacis

Detailed diagram of images and a written appreciation of their representation

arrangements for the administration of Italy and the provinces

Chart of facts

Context question

foreign policy, the consolidation of the empire and the Pax Romana

Chart of facts

Map of Provinces and their status

Essay

SPRING TERM: FIRST HALF

TOPIC

STUDENT WORK

The building programme

List of buildings/ aqueducts/sewers/temples etc

Labelled plans of Roman Forum and Forum of Augustus

Context question

Other measures to improve life in the city of Rome

Chart

Essay

the imperial family and issues relating to the succession

Presentation of characters and events

Context question

SPRING TERM: SECOND HALF

TOPIC

STUDENT WORK

Detailed study of Res Gestae

Chart of themes/ omissions

Essay

Study of Suetonius Augustus

Chart of themes

Analysis of style

Essay

SUMMER TERM: FIRST HALF

Revision of all topics and times past papers depending on what is required.