What is Ancient History?

If you are looking for political intrigue, murder, and strong female leads and you are missing your fix of Game of Thrones, then look no further! During your two years with us, you will explore the fascinating reigns of the first five Roman Emperors in all their gory glory, one of the most gruesome wars of the Ancient World with the Peloponnesian War, and the destruction of the Roman Republic through the eyes of Cicero, one of the greatest writers, lawyers, philosophers and statesmen in the western world.

Along the way we will explore Ancient Rome: the characters of each emperor including their often bloody relationship with the Senate, and the conspiracies against them; and the corrupt ways politicians gained power. We will also look at how 31 small city states in Ancient Greece managed to defeat the invading Persian army, and how that success led to the major players, Athens and Sparta, ultimately confronting each other in a war of attrition and switching alliances. However, our most popular focus is the myths and facts about one of the most unusual cultures of the western world: this module explains why Spartan children were taken from their parents at an early age, why Spartan brides shaved their heads on their wedding night, and why Sparta was the most feared army in Greece for over 200 years.

What is Ancient History?

If you are looking for political intrigue, murder, and strong female leads and you are missing your fix of Game of Thrones, then look no further! During your two years with us, you will explore the fascinating reigns of the first five Roman Emperors in all their gory glory, one of the most gruesome wars of the Ancient World with the Peloponnesian War, and the destruction of the Roman Republic through the eyes of Cicero, one of the greatest writers, lawyers, philosophers and statesmen in the western world.

Along the way we will explore Ancient Rome: the characters of each emperor including their often bloody relationship with the Senate, and the conspiracies against them; and the corrupt ways politicians gained power. We will also look at how 31 small city states in Ancient Greece managed to defeat the invading Persian army, and how that success led to the major players, Athens and Sparta, ultimately confronting each other in a war of attrition and switching alliances. However, our most popular focus is the myths and facts about one of the most unusual cultures of the western world: this module explains why Spartan children were taken from their parents at an early age, why Spartan brides shaved their heads on their wedding night, and why Sparta was the most feared army in Greece for over 200 years.

Specifics

  • Course specific entry requirements

    Grade 5 from English (4 will be considered)

  • Course duration

    2 years

  • Assessment Methods

    3 final exams

  • Exam Board

    OCR

  • Course Type

    Linear A-level

Course content summary:

  • Greek period study: Relations between Greek and non-Greek states, 492–404 BC (25%)
  • Greek Depth study: The Politics and Society of Sparta, 478–404 BC (25%)
  • Roman period study: The Julio-Claudian Emperors, 31 BC – AD 68 (25%)
  • Roman Depth study: The Breakdown of the Late Republic, 88–31 BC (25%)

How will you study?

If you have done GCSE History, we will be building on the foundations of your skills of evaluation and source work. Nevertheless, we assume students know nothing about the Ancient World so we start from scratch and are open to all; all we ask is an open mind and a willingness to read and work hard.

The major difference with Modern History courses is the deeper focus and reliance on the original sources, whether it be contemporary historians, archaeology, biographies or poetry. You will also learn to reference ancient and modern secondary scholars in essays, preparing you well for further study at university.

There is lots of discussion in the classroom, and we believe that extra-curricular experiences and visits are particularly advantageous in opening your eyes to topics we study: we hope you will take advantage of our trips to ancient sites and the British Museum as well as our links with Manchester University.

What can i do after Xaverian?

Many of our students go on to study a historical course of study at university; however, the study of Ancient History produces skills of analysis, evaluation and interpretation, which are sought by employers in many fields. Students also follow paths into teaching, the civil service, journalism, marketing, public relations – the field is very open as the subject is very much respected.

How will you study?

If you have done GCSE History, we will be building on the foundations of your skills of evaluation and source work. Nevertheless, we assume students know nothing about the Ancient World so we start from scratch and are open to all; all we ask is an open mind and a willingness to read and work hard.

The major difference with Modern History courses is the deeper focus and reliance on the original sources, whether it be contemporary historians, archaeology, biographies or poetry. You will also learn to reference ancient and modern secondary scholars in essays, preparing you well for further study at university.

There is lots of discussion in the classroom, and we believe that extra-curricular experiences and visits are particularly advantageous in opening your eyes to topics we study: we hope you will take advantage of our trips to ancient sites and the British Museum as well as our links with Manchester University.

What can i do after Xaverian?

Many of our students go on to study a historical course of study at university; however, the study of Ancient History produces skills of analysis, evaluation and interpretation, which are sought by employers in many fields. Students also follow paths into teaching, the civil service, journalism, marketing, public relations – the field is very open as the subject is very much respected.