Ancient History AS and A2 Revision Watch

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Looking for anyone at all on TSR who studies A level ancient history for some revision aid and if anyone wants to swap ideas ect.

Anyone studying Athens, Roman Britain or the Roman Empire is particularly welcome
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Hi I'm studying as ancient history Sparta and Roman Britain. I'm in the same position as you, it seems like such a rare subject to find revision material for.
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It really is! Well it sounds like we've got Roman Britain in common. How are you finding it?
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I find it really interesting but it's hard to remember all of the different sources, what about you?
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I'm the same, Roman Britain is the module I find most interesting but there's so many sources! I'm making a document to try and state what each of the sources tells us and why they are/aren't useful. The archaeological ones are really hard to work into an exam paper.

Do you try to remember individual quotes from the sources or just what they actually tell us about the history? I've heard of people doing both but I've never really been sure whether I have to spend time learning/revising quotes.
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I've been told that you don't need to waste time trying to memorise quotes but you need to know the source in a lot of detail. With the archaeology, you can put it after a literary source that goes with the argument that you're trying to make - Tacitus' account of Boudicca with the destruction layer found at Colchester.
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I've always tended to use the archaeological sources as backup evidence too, but there are some that I've never even thought about though so I'm doing a lot of reading into the sources to try and know something about all of them. I wish I could see what a top grade past paper answer looks like so I could see exactly how you're supposed to use the sources and how much you need to use them.
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I've been searching for graded answers too and never found any
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No me neither. Have your teachers ever been able to give you anything similar? Like an answer from classes in years previous? I only have an online tutor so I cant get hold of anything like that.
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No, we've never really been giving anything like that
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Here's a question for you: I was going back over some of the sources I don't remember as well and there were a couple from Seutonius and Dio about emperor Caligula; basically the sources said that his planned invasion of Britain never happened and that he had his men collecting seashells! I can't really make heads or tails of the sources and have no idea what they really tell us, or how to evaluate them! What did you make of them?
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