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  1. "'Pompeii had a fair and effective form of government' Discuss"

    that the government at the time had quickly responded to the natural disaster and turned it into an opportunity to better the city. The government could also be seen as effective as there was evidence of several offices discovered inside the Curia and Basilica so jobs in government must have been seen as important in Pompeian society. The government in Pompeii may have also been fair as everyone with a position in government had been chosen by the general public.

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  2. Describe the similarities between the Minoans and Mycenaeans

    They both believed in one goddess and they had the same palace layout. In fact both the Minoans and the Mycenaeans were interested in building palaces. However one main difference in their art was the fact that the Mycenaeans focused more on weapons and military rather than the Minoans which painted in very bright, vivid colours. In fact, most Mycenaean art is painted whilst they were hunting whereas the Minoans didn?t fight often and preferred to use art to show how beautiful their towns were.

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GCSE Classics is a terrific way of studying the culture and history of the ancient civilisations. Both the Roman and the Greek worlds were fascinatingcivilisations with rich cultures and histories and this makes them really worthy of study. The subject is a kind of mixture between History, Literature and Religious Studies, but simply confined to those two ancient societies. What you'll cover precisely is determined by the exam board specification your teacher chooses for you but you may be studying subjects like the history of Rome and/or Sparta; you'll cover at least one major literary work from one of the eras like Homer's Odyssey or Oedipus, and you'll be considering the, sometimes extraordinary, values and attitudes of people in those societies.

The subject will give you a truly broad knowledge and improve your literacy and analytical skills too. Assessment is done by coursework and examination and Marked by Teachers has a range of essays in the Classics at GCSE level which you can access and really gain an insight into what examiners are looking for.

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  • To what extent is it appropriate to describe 5th century Athenian men as sexist?

    "To conclude, I think that 5th century Athenian men were much more sexist in their views and opinions on how women should be treated and what their rights and responsibilities were than today, but partly because of their traditions and what they were brought up to believe. It seems that both men and women were happy with this lifestyle and did not have to change things, as the way they were living seemed to work for them - no one rebelled and everyone got on with life, carrying on the oikos and enjoying each others' presence at the same time."

  • Discuss examples of metamorphosis in Greek Mythology and analyze the reasons why metamorphosis is inevitable in the mythology.

    "In conclusion, using the method of metamorphosis is an unavoidable way in the mythology. The concept of eternalization is expressed by metamorphosis, a symbol of rebirth from destruction. Furthermore, out of people's imagination, those who undertake metamorphosis are the gods. Their divine intervention usually leads to the character's metamorphosis and the elucidation of natural phenomena, a core factor of the mythological stories."

  • Discuss one literary work from the Middle Ages and another from the Renaissance to discuss the concept of chivalry and the evolution of this concept.

    "The chivalric concept n the Song of Roland and Orlando Furioso differ from each other due to the decisive keyword "Humanism." The ideal medieval knight is expected to possess his fame, loyalty, and devotion to God or his king because the Christian Church plays a significant role in the medieval culture; nonetheless, a common person (even not a knight) -in which Renaissance men-centered spirit is exemplified-concerns his/her own interest, value, sense, and so on owing to the idea of Humanity advocating a new position God and mankind. To sum up, the concept of chivalry in the Middle Ages is theocentric while that in the Renaissance is anthropocentric."

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