A2 Classical Civilisation Unit 3D Augustus Watch

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How's everyone been revising for this because from what i've seen I'm the only one sitting this unit and I feel like i'm getting nowhere, so any revision notes would be much appreciated.
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I'm doing this unit too (much better than Greek tragedy) as for revision notes it's hard to say because of the way I revise. In regards to this I take some prominent quotes from Suetonius and Res Gestae and revise around them. Not quite sure what will come up, I'd say I'm more proficient in the early period up to the second settlement in 23BC though. Augustus' family might be a decent one though
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What did you guys think of the paper? I thought it was great!
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It was indeed a nice easy paper. Especially the "greatness of Augustus" 40 marker, what a broad field that covered. Marks everywhere. Farming wasn't too difficult either. Don't think I got enough quotes in though
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I decided to do the other 40 marker about foreign policy.

The 20 marker for the monuments section A was fantastic. However, the ten marker about How important it was to restore temples wasn't great


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I think the 40 was far too vague.. many large books written on Augustus as an emperor, yet aqa - of course - see it as a fit question to answer in just over 40 minutes. The paper was weird and I am unsure how to feel
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I think the 40 was far too vague.. many large books written on Augustus as an emperor, yet aqa - of course - see it as a fit question to answer in just over 40 minutes. The paper was weird and I am unsure how to feel
I felt this way but I think AQA simply made it easier for us. There is no way the can pull a fast one with the mark scheme, especially on the "greatness". I even gave a paragraph at the outset as to what "greatness" actually is before going through everything.
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Hi Guys,

for the 40 mark on great emperor - I only wrote about how great he was and nothing about how he wasn't great. My argument was basically that it's irrefutable that he deserves this reputation because of how he gained power, kept power but above all his genuine concern for Rome and its citizens. But now I can think of loads of reasons why he wasn't. I had well-supported ideas but no balance.

Will I get penalised for not writing a balanced argument? If so by how much?

I'm so upset bc I worked so hard for this exam and to lose my predicted A because of simple essay writing is awful
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Hi Guys,

for the 40 mark on great emperor - I only wrote about how great he was and nothing about how he wasn't great. My argument was basically that it's irrefutable that he deserves this reputation because of how he gained power, kept power but above all his genuine concern for Rome and its citizens. But now I can think of loads of reasons why he wasn't. I had well-supported ideas but no balance.

Will I get penalised for not writing a balanced argument? If so by how much?

I'm so upset bc I worked so hard for this exam and to lose my predicted A because of simple essay writing is awful
I doubt you'll be penalised as it didn't appear to want a debate as such, the only arguments against was that he never actually took the title of 'rex' or emperor to an extent, and that when waging war, was not defensive but falsified threats to the empire and complete pacification of his enemies but other than that i struggled on the section A picture questions, which wasn't helped by the poor quality of the photo in my opinion
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I doubt you'll be penalised as it didn't appear to want a debate as such, the only arguments against was that he never actually took the title of 'rex' or emperor to an extent, and that when waging war, was not defensive but falsified threats to the empire and complete pacification of his enemies but other than that i struggled on the section A picture questions, which wasn't helped by the poor quality of the photo in my opinion
*those were the only arguments i could really think of
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*those were the only arguments i could really think of
The arguments against I would have used would have been Suetonius' description of his brutality and his relationship with family. A definition of greatness would have been good but I didn't do that either :/

I thought I knew his Forum really well but didn't recognise the picture at all! I put that it was the head of Mars with Caryatids (bc of Mars the Avenger) but I looked in my notes and apparently it was Jupiter :/
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The arguments against I would have used would have been Suetonius' description of his brutality and his relationship with family. A definition of greatness would have been good but I didn't do that either :/

I thought I knew his Forum really well but didn't recognise the picture at all! I put that it was the head of Mars with Caryatids (bc of Mars the Avenger) but I looked in my notes and apparently it was Jupiter :/
i genuinely held the paper up to the light to try and see if i was missing something, and i put it was Julius Caesar as a last minute guess due to the timing of its building
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