A2 Classical Civilisations AQA 4C PredictionsWatch
20 markers - gods and family
40 markers - one on Aeneas the (not quite complete) hero from Roman perspective and one on another topic!
Write a good practise essay for that question - memorise it.
I'm predicting books 1/5 and 10/12 for options A and B. They haven't come up in the past 3 years.
Your 10 markers should follow a simple and clear structure. Each point should have its own paragraph and should refer back to the question (Virgil shows...). Point, quote and analyse - don't describe. Anything is fair game to use as a quote, so long as you can justify it with your evaluation.
Specifically pick up on things like epithets, similes, metaphors, personification, direct speech, apostrophes, etc.
Think about movement and pace, sounds, as well as visual imagery.
Identify verbs, adverbs, adjectives - those will be the sources of most of your quotes.
Hope this helps and good luck.
With the 10 markers, highlight everything relevant to the question that way it is clear to you what you need to foucs on.. e.g. how does virgil show a change in emotion.. Highlight all the relevant stuff and analyse it in relation to the question
The 20 mark question was different so I did a comparison of Aeneas as a Homeric hero and Aeneas as a Roman hero. For Homeric aspects, I wrote about Aeneas's furor in Book 2 and desire for revenge on Helen also his reluctance to follow divine will as seen in Book 2 and Book 4. For the Roman aspects, I wrote about his religious piety, familial duty and concern for his men. I concluded that his Homeric aspects mean that Aeneas is not a complete Roman hero.
For the 40 mark question, I did the one on whether the Aeneid was merely Augustan propaganda or not (Option D). For the pro-Augustus parts I talked about Jupiter's prophesising Augustus bringing peace, the shield of Aeneas showing Augustus's victory at Actium as the centrepiece, the punishments in the Underworld reflecting Augustan moral laws and the character of Aeneas embodying Roman values.
My counter-argument was that the Aeneid was an epic to match Homer. Epic aspects I talked about were Aeneas as a hero, the love story with Dido, Turnus as a villain and divine intervention. I found good comparisons to pro-Augustus as Dido can be seen as Cleopatra so Aeneas is an anti-Antony, the use of gods legitimises Augustus as ruler as he has divine heritage, Aeneas represents Roman values and Turnus represents Homeric archaic heroic values so Aeneas defeating him shows Roman values are part of the new order. Therefore, this meant I concluded that the Aeneid was largely pro-Augustan propaganda.
It's just a good idea to make a conclusion - whether that's conclusive or evenly weighted, if you've supported your conclusion they won't really mind what you conclude. I did the divine intervention question, but I would have concluded similarly if I'd done the propaganda question