thread for anyone who did A2 Classical Civilisation AQA last year! please read this!Watch
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SO relieved I've found someone!!!! How is your revision going? Please tell me you have some predictions especially for Aeschylus! Would be so so useful. Good luck and great to hear from you!
Finding it difficult to be honest, how about you? And I'm going to do Aeschylus come what may! In a class discussion yesterday we were thinking possibly myth may come up for the 40 marker, which would be really good, alternatively quality of leadership may come up again, we just don't know :P But I really hate Herodotus so going to concentrate on Aeschylus for the time being, just going over themes really for the 40 mark comparison. I'm so nervous! :O Predictions for the 10 and 20 markers well, we'll just have to wait and see, it's so unpredictable!
And I really want to read Virgil's Aeneid! But I think it wasn't an option for us because it would have been too similar to CIV2B, The Odyssey, which I resat on Tuesday :P for unit 4 I'm doing CIV4D Tiberius and Claudius, and I'm definitely feeling stronger on that than the Persian Wars! With Herodotus there's just such a wide scope for analysis, as he covers much more than Aeschylus, who just focuses on Salamis with a reflection on Marathon at times and foreshadowing on Plataea towards the end. Only thing that's worrying me is terminology e.g. Stasimon, parados etc, like in the factual questions at the start 'where was this extract taken from' sort of thing, do you say just before or just after an event or do you have to be really specific like 1st stasimon, 2nd stasimon? Argh!
Yeah Tuesday went well I think, much more straightforward than last year, questions were 100 times easier :P ah, Xerxes' lament would be awesome as it's fairly short and straightforward but yeah I'm seriously stressing out about terminology! So the stasimon is the Chorus' reaction? I've been working on timings in other subject areas so I think it's actually alright, as you say I would begin to drift away from the focus of the question if I wrote for more than 1.5 hours :P although I have an English and Geography paper that are 2.5 hours long so I've got the joys of that to look forward to! And same! You're not alone on that trust me, I was on the internet earlier trying to find brief summaries of the battles, Livius is very good but a bit waffly :P so I tried some other one that seemed a bit clearer, was struggling to remember examples of hubris and myth in Herodotus so that's what I was working on today - a memorable one for you, the sacred snake of Delphi deserted the city because his honey cakes had been left untouched! It's amazing what ancient writers spent their time on isn't it?
Trust me, it was a tricky thing to do! And to be honest I still feel like it's a lot of learning facts haha! Maybe that's just me. Examples of myth in Aeschylus is Darius' ghost, Atossa's dreams and divine intervention I also thought there was a cross ref with H about "a city's bulwarks stand unmoved"...could this be Themistocles' interpretation of the "wooden walls" Delphic oracle? And finally for the 40 marker, I do a source assessment of the sources genre etc at the end in one big paragraph, but try and make comparisons/contrasts throughout
I suppose it is still but it seems a bit more argumentative, you are always arguing back and forth in essays! Ah that's great, thanks so much. Yeah that's a great point!! It would be great if we got individuals and personalities though so we could talk about themistocles and xerxes and leonidas plus add in some divine intervention points! Very good, I will keep that in mind! I think quotes are quite a big thing so I'm going to concentrate on learning them for a while and just keep looking at Mark schemes and battle summaries!! Do you usually plan out your essays first? I never KNLW whether to do that or just get straight into the question :L
Don't panic about direct quotes, unless you've got a really specific one in mind I would just paraphrase, I've just been reading Aeschylus over and over recently to try and get the gist, think I've got it now at last haha and I do usually just do a rough plan in like a table format in the exam, 5 mins max, so I wouldn't waste any time, especially if you think you're not going to finish the exam by making time to plan. So my advice would be that if you're not great with time think as you write! Works for me if I don't have time to plan
Im doing the persian wars and the Aeniad exam too! So nervous do you guys have tips on how to structure the responses because our teacher is never really clear on that... :/