Ancient Studies

SACE Credits: 20

Teacher: Dr Barbara Harding

This course is structured to fit within the Classical period of Greece and Rome. For the first topic the class will study the Greek myths, focusing on creation; the Olympian gods, Zeus and all that. Then students will study Greek drama, a comedy, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, and a tragedy, Euripides’ Medea, making connections between Greek drama and drama/film in contemporary society.


The final topic focuses on history, how the Roman Republic became the Roman Empire (Julius Caesar and all that) exciting stuff! Interesting times! There is also an externally marked Inquiry on a topic of interest to students. This can take on many different forms and be presented as a written essay or in multimodal or oral form.  The inquiry can also be based around other societies and cultures. For example, Ancient Egypt’s Middle or New Kingdoms, Mesoamerica, China, India, Mesopotamia, Australian Indigenous Culture, the list is endless.


There is no exam in Ancient Studies but there are 2 supervised assessments which will be varied in their form and approach.  There are 4 Skills & Application tasks and 2 assessment pieces which make connections to other cultures, past or present. This subject is extremely approachable and enjoyable, providing much useful knowledge on why and how western society has developed the way it has.


School Assessment (70%)

  • Assessment Type 1: Skills & Applications (50%)
  • Assessment Type 2: Connections (20%)

External Assessment (30%)

  • Assessment Type 3: Inquiry (30%)


This subject is accepted for entry to tertiary courses including university courses.