Classical Studies

Classical Studies

Neil Dargan

Classical Studies

About this course

Overview of course structure

The 2020 -2021 course will be organised in three terms:

  • September to Christmas. (Two Topics covered)
  • New Year to Easter. (Two Topics covered)

Mock Examination & Results.

  • Easter to The L. Cert. Examination. (Consolidation, Revision and Exam Technique)

The Topics to be studied are:

  • Alexander the Great.
  • Greek Drama.
  • Ancient Epic.
  • Roman Art & Architecture.

A list of textbooks will be provided.

Course work will comprise:

  • the student’s own reading of the prescribed texts
  • online recordings guiding this reading
  • resources to assist students will be provided
  • there will be weekly online tuition
  • regular feedback for course work submitted
  • there will be a monthly progress update sent to both student and parent(s)/guardian(s).

Students not yet having reached the age of 18 will need the written permission of their parent(s)/guardian(s).

Students will agree to abide by a code of behaviour.


The Benefits of studying this subject: Develop your analytical and critical thinking skills. • Acquire the confidence to handle a variety of research material and primary sources in building up a picture of the life and thought in the world of the Greeks and Romans. • Improve your written and oral communication abilities. • Deepen your understanding of current affairs. • Gain an appreciation of the role of literature, myth and history in civilization.


Alexander the Great
Topic 1

The major aim of this topic is a study of the character and achievements of Alexander as portrayed by his biographers. The topic will give an appreciation of the Greek encounter with the Persian Empire, the nature of Macedonian society and war machine. It will also study the impact of Alexander’s empire.

Greek Drama
Topic 2

The aim in this topic is to gain an appreciation of the achievement of the major Greek dramatists. Students will acquire an appreciation of the role of drama in Athenian society and the role of the poet in Athens. The reliance on Greek myth and legend, the conditions of performance; the Greek concept of the tragic hero; the function of the chorus; the deus ex machina and the role of the comic playwright in society will also be studied.

Topic 3
Ancient Epic

The great foundational epics, Homer’s Odyssey and the Aeneid of Virgil form the core of the topic. The major characters and their world and the societies out of which the epics arose will be studied. The voyages of Odysseus and Aeneas will be compared and Virgil’s motives for writing the Aeneid will be treated. The ancient Irish epic poem “The Tain” will be studied for comparative purposes.

Roman Art and Architecture
Topic 4

The aim of this topic is to carry out an examination of the Roman achievement in building, engineering, art, sculpture and mosaic.

Course Features

36 weeks


Classes and One to One tuition weekly


Leaving Certificate 2021-2022