Ancient History

Develop your visual and written analysis skills by learning about Ancient Greece and Rome! In the first year, you will study Graeco-Roman society through the materials they left behind: archaeological sites, artefacts and literature. In the second year, you will explore Greece in conflict by studying the Peloponnesian Wars and the growth of the Athenian Empire. You will also study the early emperors and find out how the Roman Empire became the strongest power in the ancient world.

What skills will I develop?

This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to acquire the skills needed by a historian, through the study of a choice of topics in Greek and Roman History from the sixth century BC to the fourth century AD.

Students acquire analytical and evaluative skills through the study of ancient literary and material sources, with a particular focus on the work of historians who shaped the Western tradition of the writing of history.

What topics will I study?

Component 1 - Examination: Greece (2 hours, 30 minutes - 50%)

  • Section A: Greek Period Study:  Relations between Greek and non-Greek states, 492–404 BC (including compulsory period study focusing on the interrelations between Sparta, Athens and Persia from 492–404 BC)
  • Section B: Greek Depth Study: The Politics and Culture of Athens, c.460-399 BC.

Component 2 - Examination: Rome (2 hours, 30 minutes - 50%)

  • Section A: Roman Period Study: The Julio-Claudian Emperors, 31 BC–AD 68 (including compulsory period study focusing on the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius, Claudius and Nero)
  • Section B: Roman Depth Study: The Breakdown of the Late Republic, 88-31 BC.

Where does the course lead?

Ancient History will prepare you for careers including law, museum curatorship, teaching, journalism and the Civil Service, and it’s useful for degrees such as Law, English and History.

You will find the skills you acquire from this course useful throughout any career path you choose.

Exam Board


Head of Department

Liz Bentley-Pattison

Entry Requirements

Five A*- C grades (or equivalent grade 4+).

Grade B or above in History and Grade 6+ in English Language is desirable but not essential.

Assessment Breakdown

Examination = 100%