Ancient History (Key Stage 5)

This A level course is taught through the surviving texts from the period. It covers the tumultuous collapse of the Roman Republic, when individuals like Caesar and Pompey were fighting civil wars to control the state, through to the Early Empire, when Augustus and his successors, like Caligula and Nero, rebuilt the state and forged a new stability.

On the Greek side of the course, the Fifth Century is studied, beginning with the Persian Wars, including the Battle of Thermopylae when 300 Spartans defied Xerxes’ army, then move on to the Peloponnesian Wars, when the Spartans and Athenians fought for 30 years. In addition, the political system of Athens is studied: the World’s first democracy; also, the social, religious and theatrical aspects of the Athenian state.