Ancient History

2 unit course

Course Summary
  • Engages students in an investigation of life in early societies based on the analysis and interpretation of physical and written remains.
  • Offers students the opportunity to investigate the possible motivations and actions of individuals and groups, and how they shaped the political, social, economic and cultural landscapes of the ancient world.
  • Stimulates students’ curiosity and imagination and enriches their appreciation of humanity by introducing them to a range of cultures and beliefs as well as to the origins and influences of ideas, values and behaviours that are still relevant in the modern world.
  • Equips students with the skills to analyse and challenge accepted theories and interpretations about the ancient world, especially in light of new evidence or technologies. - - Requires students to analyse different interpretations and representations of the ancient world in forms such as literature, film and museum displays.
  • Raises important ethical issues associated with present and future ownership, administration and presentation of the cultural past. It encourages students to appreciate our responsibility for conserving and preserving the world’s cultural heritage.
What, if any, skills are needed?

There are no prerequisites for this subject. 

A love of Ancient History and memory for facts would be helpful.

Course Units
Year 11 Units Year 12 Units
CORE: Cities of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum
Treatment & Display of Human Remains
Cultural Heritage & the Role of Museums
SOCIETY: Spartan society to the Battle of Leuctra 371 BCE
Tutankhamun's Tomb
PERIOD: New Kingdom Egypt: Amenhotep III to Ramesses II
Palmyra and the Silk Road
Weapons & Warfare in Ancient Assyria
Power & Image in Ancient Rome
Students research the excavation of an ancient site of their choosing.
* Historical Investigation is a research task worth 30% of the Preliminary grade.
Learning Experiences
  • Nicholson Museum - tour and hands-on session with ancient artefacts (Year 11)
  • HTA Ancient History Study Day (Year 12) 

    Career Options
    • Anthropologist
    • Archaeologist
    • Archivist
    • Journalist
    • Librarian
    • Museum Curator
    • Cultural heritage officer
    • University lecturer
    • Historian
    • Editor
    • Writer
    • Research officer
    • Tourist information
    • Television
    • Radio
    • Public servant
    • Teacher
    • Politician
    • Lawyer
    • Arts administrator
    • Gallery, Museum and Tour Guides
    • Conference & Event Coordinator
    • Conservator
    • Forensic sciences


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