Hello and welcome to the History and Classical Civilisation Department.
My name is Sarah Bell and I’m the Course Leader for Classical Civilisation A Level at Reigate College. I’m looking forward to welcoming you in person at the beginning of the academic year and sharing my passion for Classics.
In the meantime, I’m going to be setting a series of activities for you to complete over the coming months. These are designed to not only fuel your enthusiasm, but show how important classical studies are to our understanding the modern world. For most of you, this will be a new subject, so these tasks will also give you a great insight into studying Classics at A Level.
At A Level you will be expected to work independently and motivate yourself, so use this time as a training session. I’m looking forward to discussing your findings when we meet in September.
All of the tasks should be completed by Choices Day on 25 August.
The activities will be released here in three phases:
Explore your Subject – 4 May
The Trojan War
One of the key texts you will be reading as part of your Classical Civilisation course is Homer’s Odyssey. This is the story of the adventures had by the hero Odysseus during his voyage home from the war against Troy.
As an introduction and to give you some
background information, please begin by watching the following Turkish
broadcast about the British Museum’s exhibition on the Greek world, Troy: Myth and Reality.
Is there any truth in the tale of Troy? Homer’s epic accounts of the Trojan War are
among the most influential narratives in world history. But are they rooted in
reality – or mere myth?
Read the article by Classics Professor Paul
Cartledge and then answer the following questions:
You should complete this section of tasks
by 1 July.
Aim High – 1 July
From 1 July
Once you’ve taken part in the College’s first ever Virtual Introductory Day on 30 June, you will be asked to complete a more formal Aim High task (posted here) that it is mandatory for all new students to complete before Choices Day on 25 August.