ANCIENT HISTORY AT KING GEORGE V COLLEGE
The Ancient History course covers two ancient societies, the worlds of Greece and Rome, although we also touch on other ancient societies like the Persian Empire. On the Greek side of the course we focus on the Greek world in the fifth-century BC, including three major conflicts: the Greco-Persian Wars and the First & Second Peloponnesian Wars. We also explore the unique society and political system of ancient Sparta, in an attempt to understand why Sparta became the dominant military power in fifth-century Greece, despite having a relatively small population. On the Roman side of the course we study the first eleven emperors of Rome, the Julio-Claudian Emperors (Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius & Nero), the civil wars of 68-69 AD and the Flavian Dynasty (Vespasian, Titus & Domitian). This enables us to explore how the personalities of each individual could leave their mark even on such a huge organisation as the Roman Empire.
A unique aspect of studying Ancient History at KGV is that it can be taken alongside other related courses; A-level Classical Civilisation, GCSE Greek and Latin. It is this ability to study the Ancient world in great depth which has enabled so many of our students to obtain places at top universities, including twenty-two alumni who have progressed to Oxford University to study Ancient History or Classics. Popular career choices for students studying Ancient History include teaching (including university teaching), journalism, politics, the armed forces, and publishing. Previous students are now working for organisations like the EU and NATO.
History students at KGV have the opportunity (very unusual at this level) to take enrichment courses in GCSE Latin and Classical Greek. We are one of the only colleges in the country to offer these courses for sixth form students. Other enrichment opportunities include museum visits (including the British Museum and Soane Museum in London), workshops, talks and gallery visits at the Atkinson Museum, visits to see performances of Greek plays, and membership of the Lytham Classical Association, which runs monthly lectures and an annual Classics Competition.
The Classics & Ancient History department has its own well-stocked library which students are welcome to use, including Classical texts, biographies, history and archaeology books to help support you with your studies.