Classical Greek


Classical Greek involves the study of the language and literature of ancient Greece, ranging from the Homeric epic poems written down in the 8th century BC to the classical Attic prose of Lysias and Xenophon.

Board and Specification Code

OCR Specification Code H444

Is Classical Greek for you?

Students who enjoyed studying classical Greek at GCSE will enjoy the A Level, which similarly combines the development of linguistic skills in translating Attic Greek with the study of a variety of exciting literary texts.

Course content/components

  • Component 1 (33%): Unseen Translation and Comprehension (prose and verse).
  • Component 2 (17%): Prose Comprehension or Composition.
  • Component 3 (25%): Prose Literature. Set texts: choice from Herodotus Book 7, Plato’s “Phaedo” and Xenophon’s “Anabasis”.
  • Component 4: (25%) Verse Literature. Set texts: choice from Homer’s “Iliad”, Euripides’ “Medea” and Aristophanes’ “Peace”.

Recommended entry requirement

At least Grade 7/A in Classical Greek GCSE.

Post-A Level options

Students often progress on to a Classics degree, but the study of a classical language at A Level can also lead on to degrees in English, MFL, History, Theology and Politics, to name just a few.

We are all already Classicists, however much (or little) we think we know about the Greeks and Romans. We can never come to Classics as complete strangers. There is no other foreign culture that is so much part of our history.

Mary Beard and John Henderson