Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Level 2 Classical Studies

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr E. Campbell.

Recommended Prior Learning

Level 1 History or English or another Social Science course, or by consultation with Mr Campbell.

This subject examines aspects of the ‘Classical World,’ that is Greece and the Roman Empire, from about 10,000 BC to the fall of Rome in 475 AD. Such study is important because most of the traditions, languages and culture of the so-called ‘Western World’ (and therefore of New Zealand) are based on the traditions, languages and culture of Classical Greece and Rome. This course will include learning about the social life of Athenians in the 5th century BC, such as slavery, entertainment, the role of women and their education system. The rebellion by the warrior Queen, Boudicca, against Imperial Roman rule in Britannia will be explored in detail. One of the greatest stories ever written, The Odyssey by Homer, will be read and studied. You may also learn about the development of Greek art, sculpture and temple architecture. Learning about the gods and mythology are integral to Classical Studies and this is present throughout the course.  NOTE: Taking the Level 2 Classical Studies --> Level 3 Classical Studies or Level 3 History pathway will ensure you fulfil the Literacy requirements for University Entrance.

Learning Areas:

Tikanga ā-iwi - Social Sciences


Level 3 Classical Studies, Level 3 History

Career Pathways

Tertiary Lecturer, Curator, Archivist, Historian, Librarian, Library Assistant