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393 AS and A Level Classics essays

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    Aeneas can be considered an excellent hero. Discuss.

    5 star(s)

    This is a thorough response to a prompt to discuss how far Aeneas could be considered a hero in the Aeneid. The candidate skilfully accomplishes this, discussing the main values…

    • Essay length: 1972 words
    • Submitted: 18/05/2012
    • Reviewed by: (?) medbh4805 13/09/2012
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    Antigone is a saint, whereas Medea is a devil incarnate" do you agree?

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    This candidate answers the question by addressing Medea and Antigone in turn. From the introduction, we have an idea where the candidate is heading which is good, as it helps…

    • Essay length: 1549 words
    • Submitted: 03/03/2010
    • Reviewed by: (?) mollie.legg 17/02/2012
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    To what extent are the characters in Ovid metamorphes real and not stereotypical

    4 star(s)

    The candidate has responded well to the question, and it is clear that the candidate has a sound knowledge and understanding of chapter eight of the Metamorphoses, and is able…

    • Essay length: 1155 words
    • Submitted: 21/11/2009
    • Reviewed by: (?) medbh4805 04/04/2012
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    Who was the real tragic hero of the Agamemnon?

    3 star(s)

    This is a good essay in that it performs a very incisive analysis of the main characters of Agamemnon using Aristotle’s criteria for a ‘tragic hero’; there is a clear…

    • Essay length: 1712 words
    • Submitted: 25/11/2010
    • Reviewed by: (?) medbh4805 23/04/2012
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    Scylla and Minos Critique

    3 star(s)

    This answer is a response to the prompt to write a character critique of Scylla and Minos, and while there is some good material here on Scylla, there is nothing…

    • Essay length: 832 words
    • Submitted: 27/09/2009
    • Reviewed by: (?) medbh4805 05/04/2012
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The study of the classical world and its civilisations is a fascinating subject which will introduce you to Greek and Roman societies. You may find yourself studying mythology, archaeology, drama, literature or society and you'll be asked to investigate and evaluate sources and explore the nature of the cultures involved. In studying the ways in which these societies were organised and how their citizens behaved will give you an insight as to how they've influenced our lives, behaviours and systems.

Classics or Classical Civilisation requires you to develop skills of interpretation, evaluation and expression as well as the ability to present your answers in a concise and clear manner. To enable you to master these skills Marked by Teachers has collated a wide range of essay examples, many of which have been marked and annotated by Classics teachers with many years of experience.

A level Classics is a valuable qualification to gain and the skills you'll develop are a strong preparation for studying Classical Studies atuniversity, as well as further study in Law, Philosophy or History.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Assess the leadership qualities of Lysistrata in Aristophanes 'Lysistrata'

    "In conclusion Aristophanes has shown Lysistrata's good leadership qualities such as organisation, manipulation and persuasion, her own passionate way of speaking and her ability to incite passion in others in a well rounded manner that makes her both identifiable to the other women and stand out as an independent, outwardly thinking leader. Helen Edwards Classical Civilisation Lysistrata 1"

  • Compare and Contrast the Portrayal of Clytemnestra in Agamemnon and Electra

    "In both plays we only see her through the eyes of others, she isn't actually strongly characterised. Her psychological reasons for the murder are the point and not her emotional state. Considering this, both Agamemnon and Electra reach similar conclusions concerning Clytemnestra's situation. She has ample grounds for hating her husband but no-one holds her justified in killing him in either play, "your words are just; yet in your 'justice' there remains something repellent." Electra disposes of her mother's defence in detail and leaves the audience feeling that Clytemnestra's murder of her husband really was not warranted. How different the plays are in their depiction of her character depend on how the reader chooses to interpret Clytemnestra's maternal professions; either genuine and loving or devious and selfish. Zoe Stimson"

  • To what extent does the architecture of Rome highlight the aims of the emperors?

    "In conclusion, it is clear that the architecture of Rome highlights the main aims of the vast majority of emperors of the time period studied. Almost all emperors sought to appease the people with the construction of buildings for public entertainment such as theatres of the Flavian Amphitheatre. Many also sought to present themselves as pious through the construction of religious sites or some sought to appease the masses by improving the infrastructure of Rome. However, some emperors such as Nero due to their personality or style of rule did not do as much for the people as emperors such as Titus or Claudius seeking only to glorify themselves or improve their own standard of living before others."

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