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hey, i'm going into year ten and starting the classics course, it would be great if anyone could recommend great websites or revision books etc to help me prepare for it.
btw , my skl is doing 'women in the ancient world' and 'the homeric world'
can anyone plz give me advice for what to expect?
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hey, i'm going into year ten and starting the classics course, it would be great if anyone could recommend great websites or revision books etc to help me prepare for it.
btw , my skl is doing 'women in the ancient world' and 'the homeric world'
can anyone plz give me advice for what to expect?
thank u
Look up the specification.
On the resource pages it should suggest books you can get from the libary or semi text books. Classics is quite niche so am not sure there will be text books and they might use a mix of other history books. The exam board spec should give you a good pointer.

If you are doing the Homeric world id expect a book giving an introduction to Homer and either the Iliad or the Odyssey might be a good start. Id think you would be more likely to be doing the Odyssey.

Classics would be great fun, bit of History, bit of social History, literature and some mythology. Go and look on the exam board website.

Fun things can be stories films and books concerning the Greeks or Romans including Mythology. You sound interested so it should be fun for you.
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Look up the specification.
On the resource pages it should suggest books you can get from the libary or semi text books. Classics is quite niche so am not sure there will be text books and they might use a mix of other history books. The exam board spec should give you a good pointer.

If you are doing the Homeric world id expect a book giving an introduction to Homer and either the Iliad or the Odyssey might be a good start. Id think you would be more likely to be doing the Odyssey.

Classics would be great fun, bit of History, bit of social History, literature and some mythology. Go and look on the exam board website.

Fun things can be stories films and books concerning the Greeks or Romans including Mythology. You sound interested so it should be fun for you.
tysm for the great tips. i'm doing ocr and by the looks of it there are textbooks that i can make use of.
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Completely irrelevant but just wanted to say how jealous I am that you're getting to study Classics. I wish my school had offered it as a subject to us. :fluffy:
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https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualification...n-at-a-glance/

I would want to do

Myth and religion (11)
War and warfare (23).

Maybe they will offer it at A level.
https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/315240...ation-j199.pdf

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualification...017/textbooks/

It would appear the Homeric world is half about ancient Mycenae and looks kind of sociology and archaeology based.
The other is based on Homers Odyssey, which is kind of an ancient adventure story with gods , magic and monsters. It is only on 5 chapters so a small part of the book. You can normally get revision guides as well as small textbooks on the novel.

Enjoy it should be good fun. The spec is detailed.
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I take classical civilisation, I’m year 11, I really recommend the Bloomsbury website (https://www.bloomsbury.com/cw/OCR-GC...ral-resources/ )
Sadly, there aren’t many revision websites so I rely on Bloomsbury; my exam board is OCR so we use Bloomsbury texts books in school which I recommend (however they retail for around £20, I’ve relied on this book since my teacher has been ill) I love classics, my school does different topics to you but we do the Homeric world- so you’ll most likely study the odyssey- the odyssey is confusing at first glance but there are some good videos on YouTube which outline the events- I hope this was helpful!
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hey, i'm going into year ten and starting the classics course, it would be great if anyone could recommend great websites or revision books etc to help me prepare for it.
btw , my skl is doing 'women in the ancient world' and 'the homeric world'
can anyone plz give me advice for what to expect?
thank u
Hi, I got a 9 (98%) in my GCSE OCR Class Civ so here are my tips:
1. Be really picky with the textbook, learn everything. Dimensions of a building? Artist of a Prescribed Source? They will be really specific in one and two mark questions - even learning who is related to who. For example, who was Pandora's husband? Who was the last Roman king (relevant for sabine women and Lucretia)? They will ask these questions which don't seem relevant to really catch you out. The section on Cleopatra is really long, but I'm afraid you'll also have to learn the dates of when she moved where, the Roman numerals of her brothers (they're all called Ptolemy!) etc.
2. Learn key quotes given in the textbook - these are really impressive to use in an essay! Particularly for the women module, quotes that aren't prescribed will get you a long way.
3. Group the duties of Greek women and Roman women onto a flashcard, the differences in wedding ceremony
4. Compile a list of all women in the Ancient World - even those not set - for example, Clytemnestra, Maesia, Penelope etc.
5. Use Prescribed Visual images in essays too (e.g. the Hegeso stele shows women were expected to be both beautiful and modest, so there are double-standards)
6. Frequently make comparisons between different women that are given as examples and the expectation for that society (e.g. Cleopatra versus Roman norms, Medea versus Greek norms). Compare Greek versus Roman. Cleopatra versus Medea. Helen versus Lucretia etc.

For any literature, learn the plot in incredible detail and then learn a few key quotes.
Quizlet was the best for learning so much content.
The textbook!

Hope this helps! Good luck, it's a really interesting course.
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Hi, I got a 9 (98%) in my GCSE OCR Class Civ so here are my tips:
1. Be really picky with the textbook, learn everything. Dimensions of a building? Artist of a Prescribed Source? They will be really specific in one and two mark questions - even learning who is related to who. For example, who was Pandora's husband? Who was the last Roman king (relevant for sabine women and Lucretia)? They will ask these questions which don't seem relevant to really catch you out. The section on Cleopatra is really long, but I'm afraid you'll also have to learn the dates of when she moved where, the Roman numerals of her brothers (they're all called Ptolemy!) etc.
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The textbook!

Hope this helps! Good luck, it's a really interesting course
well done for getting a nine!!! i have a few questions:
what modules did u do?
what methods did u find the most useful to memorise important keywords, quotes or comparisons?
did you regularly revise over the key words, and how did u prevent yourself from mixing up keywords.(i seem to do that alot!!).
finally, did u practice essay questions frequently, or mainly near a test?
thank youu
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well done for getting a nine!!! i have a few questions:
what modules did u do?
what methods did u find the most useful to memorise important keywords, quotes or comparisons?
did you regularly revise over the key words, and how did u prevent yourself from mixing up keywords.(i seem to do that alot!!).
finally, did u practice essay questions frequently, or mainly near a test?
thank youu
i did Women and War as my modules, then The Iliad and Aeneid.
Flashcards to cover topics e.g. Describe an Athenian wedding ceremony (A) :
3 days, eyewitness prove wedding happened
1. females feast, sacrifice to Artemis (child/virginity) ask for favour, sacrifice to Hera/Aphrodite
2. ritual bath (purify/enhance fertility), clothes/jewellery, veil (modesty)
3. kyrios host feast, torchlit procession, bride dragged from mum put in cart (new household), flowers/fruit thrown (fertility), torch (ward off spirit), taken to groom hearth, axle burnt,
bang on door while sleeping (ward off spirit/reassure losing virginity)

To learn them get a piece of paper, look at the prompt on one side and write what you remember without looking, fill in what you missed out in another colour. At first you get it all wrong, but keep repeating this in one sitting until it's nearly all correct, then revisit this process often.
Quotes I would say "quote for dowry and trade nature" with the quote on the other side. Using the above process to learn them. Comparison would be similar.
Keywords I tended to incorporate into larger flashcards (e.g. Kyrios would have authority over kyria) but you could use separate cards.
Essays I did class ones as best as I could, then most practice in exam season.
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hey, i'm going into year ten and starting the classics course, it would be great if anyone could recommend great websites or revision books etc to help me prepare for it.
btw , my skl is doing 'women in the ancient world' and 'the homeric world'
can anyone plz give me advice for what to expect?
thank u
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Hi, I got a 9 (98%) in my GCSE OCR Class Civ so here are my tips:
1. Be really picky with the textbook, learn everything. Dimensions of a building? Artist of a Prescribed Source? They will be really specific in one and two mark questions - even learning who is related to who. For example, who was Pandora's husband? Who was the last Roman king (relevant for sabine women and Lucretia)? They will ask these questions which don't seem relevant to really catch you out. The section on Cleopatra is really long, but I'm afraid you'll also have to learn the dates of when she moved where, the Roman numerals of her brothers (they're all called Ptolemy!) etc.
2. Learn key quotes given in the textbook - these are really impressive to use in an essay! Particularly for the women module, quotes that aren't prescribed will get you a long way.
3. Group the duties of Greek women and Roman women onto a flashcard, the differences in wedding ceremony
4. Compile a list of all women in the Ancient World - even those not set - for example, Clytemnestra, Maesia, Penelope etc.
5. Use Prescribed Visual images in essays too (e.g. the Hegeso stele shows women were expected to be both beautiful and modest, so there are double-standards)
6. Frequently make comparisons between different women that are given as examples and the expectation for that society (e.g. Cleopatra versus Roman norms, Medea versus Greek norms). Compare Greek versus Roman. Cleopatra versus Medea. Helen versus Lucretia etc.

For any literature, learn the plot in incredible detail and then learn a few key quotes.
Quizlet was the best for learning so much content.
The textbook!

Hope this helps! Good luck, it's a really interesting course.
hi thanks for this advice, I'm studying the same units so this was really helpful. did you plan any 15 markers for the exams? There are limited practice questions in the textbook ( which we have mostly done) but these obviously won't come up. I would love to plan some but don't have any questions to do do you having any for women in the ancient world/war and warfare?
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hi thanks for this advice, I'm studying the same units so this was really helpful. did you plan any 15 markers for the exams? There are limited practice questions in the textbook ( which we have mostly done) but these obviously won't come up. I would love to plan some but don't have any questions to do do you having any for women in the ancient world/war and warfare?
Hi, I didn't plan many I just made sure when revising I thought about things comparatively. For women that could be enjoyment in marriage in Greece versus Rome (and you could talk about how Spartans would have had most enjoyment but Athenians and Romans less so) and for War you could compare the efficiency of Roman and Athenian navy, or Spartan and Roman tactics. Also, always think about which feature of each society's army/military campaigns were most effective, and for women which part was most enjoyable or negative in their life etc.

Here are some questions we did:
'Which figure most transcends the expectations of women in their society: Medea or Cleopatra?'
'How much can we learn from visual sources about women in the Ancient world?'
'Who would enjoy their marriage more: a Greek or Roman woman?'
'It is impossible to fully understand the life of an ancient woman, how far do you agree based on the sources you have studied?'
'Who would enjoy their life more: a porne or hetairai?'

'What were the reasons for Octavian's victory at Actium?'
'What made the Athenian navy so effective?'
'What was the most important factor in making the Spartan army so effective?'
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Hi, I didn't plan many I just made sure when revising I thought about things comparatively. For women that could be enjoyment in marriage in Greece versus Rome (and you could talk about how Spartans would have had most enjoyment but Athenians and Romans less so) and for War you could compare the efficiency of Roman and Athenian navy, or Spartan and Roman tactics. Also, always think about which feature of each society's army/military campaigns were most effective, and for women which part was most enjoyable or negative in their life etc.

Here are some questions we did:
'Which figure most transcends the expectations of women in their society: Medea or Cleopatra?'
'How much can we learn from visual sources about women in the Ancient world?'
'Who would enjoy their marriage more: a Greek or Roman woman?'
'It is impossible to fully understand the life of an ancient woman, how far do you agree based on the sources you have studied?'
'Who would enjoy their life more: a porne or hetairai?'

'What were the reasons for Octavian's victory at Actium?'
'What made the Athenian navy so effective?'
'What was the most important factor in making the Spartan army so effective?'
this is brilliant thanks so much we've been told the questions are mostly comparative so are questions asking to refer to all sources likely to come up?
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this is brilliant thanks so much we've been told the questions are mostly comparative so are questions asking to refer to all sources likely to come up?
I doubt they would ask to refer to all sources, most questions allow you to include whatever evidence you want - quotes are good, facts and so is knowledge of a visual source.
The paper will start of with a visual source and questions with less marks will be prompted by this source, then they tend to follow a theme, with the 15 marker being different to the content of the smaller questions.
There hasn't been any women in religion yet and with war there hasn't been much on Athens and Salamis or on Roman Forts.
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See if your school or a family member has an account on JSTOR. It has a lot of very good journal articles which will cover both of these subject areas.
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I doubt they would ask to refer to all sources, most questions allow you to include whatever evidence you want - quotes are good, facts and so is knowledge of a visual source.
The paper will start of with a visual source and questions with less marks will be prompted by this source, then they tend to follow a theme, with the 15 marker being different to the content of the smaller questions.
There hasn't been any women in religion yet and with war there hasn't been much on Athens and Salamis or on Roman Forts.
What topics were the 15 markers on for the 2019 paper?
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Hi, I didn't plan many I just made sure when revising I thought about things comparatively. For women that could be enjoyment in marriage in Greece versus Rome (and you could talk about how Spartans would have had most enjoyment but Athenians and Romans less so) and for War you could compare the efficiency of Roman and Athenian navy, or Spartan and Roman tactics. Also, always think about which feature of each society's army/military campaigns were most effective, and for women which part was most enjoyable or negative in their life etc.

Here are some questions we did:
'Which figure most transcends the expectations of women in their society: Medea or Cleopatra?'
'How much can we learn from visual sources about women in the Ancient world?'
'Who would enjoy their marriage more: a Greek or Roman woman?'
'It is impossible to fully understand the life of an ancient woman, how far do you agree based on the sources you have studied?'
'Who would enjoy their life more: a porne or hetairai?'

'What were the reasons for Octavian's victory at Actium?'
'What made the Athenian navy so effective?'
'What was the most important factor in making the Spartan army so effective?'
hey, did u use any resources from online to get extra information and terminology for ur essays and knowledge, if so which sites?
thank uu
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