AS in Ancient History H042

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AS in Ancient History H042

The study of Ancient History is highly respected by Universities who look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate knowledge in this subject. In addition the Oxford College course in Ancient History will help you to; to gain knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman world through direct study of the original sources. It will encourage and develop your enthusiasm for the Greek and Roman ancient world as well as give you the chance to form your own personal responses to the set texts chosen for study. It will help you to further and enhance your historical analytical and evaluative skills through critical source examination and understanding of good historical method.

This AS course consists of two units:

  • AH1: Greek History through the original sources. Option 1: Athenian Democracy (Entry Code F391)
  • AH2: Roman History through the original sources. Option 3: Roman Britain (Entry Code F392)

The study of Ancient History is highly respected by Universities who look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate knowledge in this subject. In addition the Oxford College course in Ancient History will help you to;

  • To gain knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman world through direct study of the original sources.
  • To encourage and develop an enthusiasm for the Greek and Roman ancient world.
  • To give candidates the chance to form their own personal responses to the set texts chosen for study.
  • To further and enhance their historical analytical and evaluative skills through critical source examination and understanding of good historical method.

AH1: Greek History through the original sources. Option 1: Athenian Democracy (Entry Code F391)

This unit examines why and how the city of Athens became a vibrant democracy during the 5th century BC. In this course you will explore the development of democracy and democratic institutions and the people that were behind this revolution. In this course you will study the development of the democracy at Athens through the actions of politicians and generals such as Cleisthenes, Pericles, Cimon and Nicias.

Ancient sources: In order to achieve success in this course, you will need to be able to access a number of Ancient sources including;

  • Aristotle’s Athenian Constitution (The Ath.Pol)
  • Aristophanes’ plays the Acharnians, the Knights and the Wasps
  • Herodotus’ Histories Plato’s, Apology
  • Plutarch’s Life of Nicias
  • ‘The Old Oligarch’
  • Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War
  • Xenophon’s Recollections  and History of Greece

All of these texts can be obtained from a variety of sources. Most bookshops stock a wide range of ancient source material and all of these ancient sources can be read in translation online for free online digital libraries such as Perseus Digital Library.

You can also obtain these sources in the recommended translations from Penguin publishers or LACTOR.

  • LACTOR II The Old Oligarch
  • LACTOR V Athenian Democracy

In studying Ancient Greek history through the original sources, you will develop your understanding the distinctive nature of ancient Athenian democracy, who participated and who was excluded as well as how the democracy was paid for. 

You will also investigate the importance of the assembly of citizens (ekklesia) as well as the council (boule) that ran the day to day business of the city. You will also study the role and function of magistrates and generals as well as the peculiar institution of ostracism.

The courts were an essential part of democracy and jurors appointed from the citizen body held the power of life and death. The course will also discuss the importance of rhetoric and public speaking in Athenian society.

AH2: Roman History through the original sources. Option 3: Roman Britain (Entry Code F392)

This unit examines why and how the Romans came to control much of the British Isles. For four hundred years the province of Britain was part of the Roman Empire.  This course examines the first hundred years of this occupation.

In this course you will explore what Britain was like before the Romans invaded. You will examine why and how the Romans invaded and what opposition they faced as well as assistance given. You will investigate what reactions there were to Roman rule and why the Iceni Queen Boudicca attempted to destroy the Roman presence in Britain. The course will help you to investigate how the Romans benefited from the invasion as well as what the Romans gave back in return to the inhabitants of Britain.

Ancient sources: In order to achieve success in this course, you will need to be able to access a number of Ancient sources including;

  • Caesar’s Gallic War
  • Cicero’s Letters to Atticus
  • Horace’s Odes, 1.35.29–30, 3.5.1–4
  • Strabo’s Geography
  • Suetonius’ Lives of the Caesars
  • Tacitus, Agricola, Annals and Histories

You will also investigate archaeological evidence that tells us so much about the lives and society of Britain under the rule of the Romans

These sources (both literary and archaeological) are from the following LACTOR publications;

  • LACTOR IV Inscriptions of Roman Britain.
  • LACTOR XI Literary sources for Roman Britain.

In studying Ancient Roman history through the original sources, you will develop your understanding the distinctive nature of Roman Britain and why it was always seen as an unusual province by the Romans.

You will also investigate how the Romans viewed Britain and its’ inhabitants before and during the occupation period. The invasions of Caesar and the Emperor Claudius as well individuals such as Caratacus and Boudicca who resisted Roman rule as well as Cogidubnus and Cartimandua who welcomed Roman support.

The course also investigates the roles of Roman administrators and governors such as Agricola who led a long campaign of conquest into the north of the island and the occupation of a frontier zone that separated the island between those under Roman rule and those who were not.

The format of the Examinations

PLEASE NOTE: All exams will be held during the May - June exam period.

AS Units AH1 and AH2

Each unit is worth 50% of the total marks available for the AS GCE, and 25% for the A2 GCE if taken. The papers are each 90 minutes long and each carry 100 marks.

Unit AH1: Option 1 Greek history from original sources

Section A: commentary question (45 marks). Candidates answer one question from a choice of two, each question having three sub sections.

Section B: essay question (55 marks). Candidates answer one question from a choice of three. Bullet point guidance is given for each of the essay questions.

Unit AH2: Option 3 Roman history from original sources

Section A: commentary question (45 marks). Candidates answer one question from a choice of two, each question having three sub sections.

Section B: essay question (55 marks). Candidates answer one question from a choice of three. Bullet point guidance is given for each of the essay questions.

What's Included

Online Learning Documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 1 year.

Further Information

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

January 2013 will be the last January exam period. All future exams will be held during the May - June exam period only.

In the student 'On Campus' area you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

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£215.00

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