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Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation introduces pupils to the culture, history and lifestyle of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. The stories passed down from ancient times are peopled by gods, heroes and monsters: some are mythological, others all too real, and many remind us of characters from our modern age!

From the origins of democracy to the first great book of Western literature, the Iliad, the study of Classical Civilisation teaches the history of ideas which are at the root of the modern world. Not only do we learn to understand our own history and culture better by seeing where it came from, but we enjoy the sheer escapism of plunging into the mists of time. Eager historians enjoy studying Pompeii and learning how to evaluate source material, the philosophically minded are fascinated by the rituals and beliefs behind ancient religious practices, and the literary have a chance to read Homer's Odyssey in English translation.

Kingswood's Classical Civilisation department feels particularly fortunate to be part of a school located in Bath, the Roman town of Aquae Sulis, home to the best preserved Roman baths complex in the world outside of Italy.

You can view details of our GCSE Classical Civilisation course in the Kingswood GCSE courses 2016-2017 curriculum booklet.