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City of London

School for girls


  • We study outstanding achievements in art, architecture, drama and literature
  • The subject has huge variety. We cover a wide breadth of ideas in art, philosophy and history, as well as drama and literature
  • Students relate what they have learnt from the classical world to a modern context
  • We develop skills which can be transferred to other disciplines - the ability to observe, abstract and analyse information; students learn to pay due regard to evidence and develop a sympathetic awareness of the motives and attitudes of people of a different time and culture.
  • It is a great partner to all arts and science subjects and is highly regarded by all universities including Oxbridge.


Students take one compulsory component: The World of the Hero (40% of total A level)
This consists of an in depth study of:

  • Greek epic - either Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey
  • Roman epic - Virgil’s Aeneid.

The second component is entitled Culture and the Arts. This involves the study of visual and material culture and in all options except Greek Art, the study of literature in translation (30% of total A Level)
Students must study one of the following:

  • Greek theatre (including tragic texts – Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Euripides’ Bacchae and the comic text, Aristophanes’ Frogs)
  • Imperial image (how Roman emperors ‘spin’ their image – a mixture of history, literary analysis and art analysis) 
  • Invention of the barbarian (looks at the Persian wars and Greek identity; includes study of ancient plays and historiography).
  • Greek art (includes study of free-standing sculpture, architectural sculpture and vase-painting)

The third component is entitled Beliefs and Ideas. This involves the study of an area of classical thought, in combination with the study of literature in translation and/or visual and material culture (30% of total A Level)

Students must study one of the following:

  • Greek religion
  • Love and relationships (looks at ancient writers’ ideas on love and desire)
  • Politics of the Late Republic (Roman history)
  • Democracy and the Athenians


A Level - OCR


Joint Classics and Geography trip to Italy
Members of the department organised a joint Classics and Geography trip for Year 7 to Italy. We visited the archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis.  We also visited Mount Vesuvius and the volcano at Solfatara.

Classics trip to Athens and Delphi for students studying classical subjects in Years 10-13 
We visited the archaeological sites of the Acropolis and Ancient Agora at Athens, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi. We also visited the Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the Archaeological Museum at Delphi and the church of Osios Loukas near Delphi.

"Classics is such a wonderful subject because it combines so many areas. From ancient history to philosophy and of course the languages. You find that Latin and Greek have influenced so many other languages and learning them is such a fantastic experience. You will definitely enjoy studying classical languages." Hero

Head of Department: Mr D Themistocleous


Perseus Digital Library
British Museum