NCEA L2 Classical Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr P. Olliver

The influence of the classical world is everywhere. Whether it be Nike shoes, democracy, the law, language, religion, art and architecture, the Olympics, mythology, comedy and drama… the classics are foundational to western thought and culture.

Classics is the ultimate multi-disciplinary subject. You will learn about art, history, drama, engineering and archaeology. You will be challenged to face the major problems the ancients and moderns have faced: war, politics and religion, resistance to unjust leaders- civil disobedience, hospitality abuse, how to handle grumpy old men and more.

We discuss similarities and differences between Aotearoa and antiquity and gain insight into our own times.

 The way the Greeks and Romans responded to the major concerns of their day “challenge, inspire and resonate with us now.”

The topics we study at Year 12 are:

Greek Tragedy - 'Antigone' - the most watched drama in history- the big issue is what to do when you know justice is not being done. We also look at 'Oedipus Rex' which questions what fate has in store...

Greek Vase Painting- Every pot has a purpose and the artwork is outstanding. We will also consider the work of New Zealand artist, Marian Maguire who has brilliantly juxtaposed Classical art themes and characters with Maori cultural icons. (Labours of Herakles-below)

The Eruption of Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii, a city locked in time... we focus on what we have learned about Roman social life from the excavations.

Pompeian Art and Architecture - the frescoes and mosaics of Pompeii tell us a lot about the Pompeiians and Romans in general.

Course Overview

Term 1
Greek Drama- Sophocles' Antigone and Oedipus Rex

Internal Assessment based on Civil Disobedience

Greek Vase Painting - Form, Function and Mythology

Term 2
The eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii
City infrastructure, design and layout plus domestic architecture.

Internal on Pompeii - what we have learned from the city 'frozen in time'
If we have time we will have a Roman banquet.

Term 3
Roman frescos and mosaics... art from Pompeii - daily life, mythology and religion.

Learning Areas:

NCEA Level 2, Social Sciences - Tikanga ā Iwi


NCEA L3 Classical Studies

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