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AS in Classics

The study of Classics is highly respected by Universities who look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate knowledge in this subject. In addition the Oxford College course in Classics will help you to; gain knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman world through the direct study of ancient art and literature. It will encourage and develop an enthusiasm for the Greek and Roman ancient world and will give you the chance to form your own personal responses to the art and literature which you study. This course will teach you to practice the skills of a historian by handling historical documents and will further and enhance your critical and evaluative skills through critical source examination and understanding of good analytical method.

This AS course consists of two units:

  • Unit 1 - F382: Homer’s Odyssey and Society
  • Unit 2 - F391: Greek History through the original sources. Option 2: The Delian League to the Athenian Empire (Entry Code F391)

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

  • To gain knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman world through the direct study of ancient art and literature.
  • 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 art and literature which they study.
  • To practice the skills of a historian by handling historical documents.
  • To further and enhance their critical and evaluative skills through critical source examination and understanding of good analytical method.

The AS Unit is a combination of units from the Ancient History and Classical Civilisation courses offered by Oxford College. At AS Level you will study two units each investigating elements of Ancient Greek history and literature. At A2 Level you will investigate two aspects of history and literature from the Roman Empire.

F382: Homer’s Odyssey and Society

In this unit you will study Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey.

This epic poem ranks among the most important pieces of World literature and this unit will help you to investigate the poem as well as the values and the society it represents. The principal focus of the unit is on a critical analysis of the poem, with a secondary focus on the history, society and archaeology of the period in which it was performed.

Required Text: Homer, Odyssey translated by E V Rieu, revised translation by D C H Rieu (Penguin).

This text 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.

In studying Homer’s Odyssey you will develop your understanding the distinctive nature of the ancient Greek world.

The themes which you will study in this unit include;

  • Xenia and hospitality
  • the role of the gods and the power of fate
  • the stories and characterisation of heroes
  • the concept of heroism including timé and kleos
  • justice and revenge
  • life and society including the role of women and the role of slaves
  • the oral tradition of the Odyssey
  • the transmission of the texts
  • theories on the composition of the text
  • structure of the text and literary techniques
  • the language of epic including characterisation, supernatural elements, realism and fantasy, disguise and recognition.
  • Nostos (homecoming)

F391: Greek History through the original sources. Option 2: The Delian League to the Athenian Empire

The principal focus of this unit is to understand the rise and fall of Athenian power in the 5th century BC.  Handling original sources as an historian you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of the nature of historical evidence; the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation including the problem of reliability and a selection of original source material in its context. Be the end of this unit you will be able to demonstrate interpretation, analysis and evaluation of the ancient sources in context.

In studying the original sources, candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of:

  • the origins and development of the Delian League;
  • the growth of Athenian imperialism: rebellions & reactions (Samos, Mytilene, Melos, Sicily);
  • the results of Empire, both for Athens and her allies, specifically tribute, its organisation and collection; the significance of inscriptional evidence; methods of control, both military and political.
  • Athenian and allied views of the Empire; and the importance of Thucydides as a source.
  • 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 including the Acharnians and the Knights
  • Herodotus’ Histories
  • Plutarch’s Lives including the lives of Cimon, Pericles and 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.

The following LACTOR publications are extremely useful for this unit;

  • LACTOR I The Athenian Empire
  • LACTOR II The Old Oligarch
  • LACTOR V Athenian Democracy
  • LACTOR XII The Culture of Athens

 Candidates must be prepared to answer commentary questions on passages taken from any of the material prescribed above.

All of these texts can be obtained from a variety of sources. Most bookshops stock a wide range of ancient source material. You can also obtain these sources from LACTOR or from online digital libraries such as Perseus Digital Library.

In studying the original sources you will examine the reasons for and structure of the Delian League, the activities of the Delian League. The transformation of the Delian League into an Empire by the Athenians. The 1st and 2nd Peloponnesian Wars as well as personalities involved in leading Athens through the 5th century including Themistocles, Pericles, Cimon and Alcibiades. You will also explore the source material and the writers of these sources.

Examination Board: OCR

By the end of the AS Level you will have begun to successfully interpret and analyse the ancient literature that you studied. As well as learning about these very interesting literary texts you will develop your ability to successfully handle the ancient literature and be able to transfer what you have learned to critically analyse other written documents.

The format of the Examinations

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

AS Unit F382

This 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.

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.

AS Unit 391

Unit AH1: Option 1 Greek history from original sources

This 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.

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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Course Fee

£215.00

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