Ancient History

For Greek history, you will study the Persian Wars including the Spartans’ spirited resistance at Thermopylae and the ensuing wars between Athens and Sparta and then you choose whether you want to concentrate on an in-depth study of Athens with its new-fangled democracy, Sparta with its peculiar, militarised society, or Macedon and the meteoric rise of Alexander.

For Roman history, you will study the reigns of the Julio-Claudian Emperors ranging from the politically astute Augustus to the half-crazed Nero and then you can choose whether you want to do an in-depth study of the murky, backstabbing politics of Rome in the 1st century BC, the Flavian Emperors including the demented paranoid Domitian, or Boudicca and the Britons’ spirited resistance to the Roman invasion.

All units are written exam papers.

Unit 1

Greek period study

  • Relations between Greek states and between Greek and non-Greek states 492-404 BC.

Greek depth study

One from:

  • The Politics and Society of Sparta 478-404 BC
  • The Politics and Culture of Athens 460-399 BC
  • The Rise of Macedon 359-323 BC

Unit 2

Roman period study

  • The Julio-Claudian Emperors 31 BC -AD 68

Roman depth study

One from:

  • The Breakdown of the Late Republic 88-31 BC
  • The Flavians AD 68-96
  • Ruling Roman Britain AD 43-128


Examination board: OCR