Year 11 Classical Studies - Love, Revenge and Murder

11CLAL
Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

This course focuses on a series of ill fated love affairs from Greek and Roman mythology. Students who are interested in gender roles, expectations and the reason for cultural and social norms will be encouraged to think critically about our modern society and the gender divide. Mythology is explored through the themes of love, revenge and murder.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

Develop these skills:Explore this content:
  • Reading and writing - how to plan and write extended essays. Students will read chapters of the Odyssey with the teacher and examine how the ideas and values of Ancient Greece are evident in the text. All assessments are written and it is strongly recommended that students are confident in their writing. 
  • Zeus the king of the Gods: Learn about Ancient Greeks' ideas on the role of men and women, god and mortal through the many love affairs of Zeus.
  • Critical thinking - exploring ideas from ancient society and how these are reflected in modern society.  
  • Underworld myths: Study the King and Queen of the Underworld (Hades and Persephone) and the ill fated couple Orpheus and Eurydice with a comparison to the modern broadway show Hadestown.
  • Communication skills - contributing to group and class discussions. Classics is a discussion based subject and students will learn through class and group discussions to develop their critical thinking of the content. Written communication is also important for success in this subject
  • Trojan war: Study the most famous love affair from mythology - Helen of Troy and Paris and a lesser known but equally as important one, Achilles and Patroclus, two warriors who die at Troy.
  • Research Skills - how to research credible information and integrate this into your written work. This is important for the assessments as well as class work. 
  • Defiant teenager: The original teenage girl to rebel against authority, Antigone. Read the play Antigone as a class and study her defiance against her leader to follow the gods and bury her family. A tragic story of one young teenage girl's ill fated love with her cousin Haemon. This unit will be assessed with an essay which focuses on Antigone's defiance of authority.


  • Roman emperors - Nero and Caesar, famous Roman historical figures will be studied to see how they fit into the themes of love, revenge and murder….


Hadestown - Wikipedia Helen the Whore and the Curse of Beauty | History Today


Year Levels/Departments:

Year 11, Classical Studies



Resources Required

1B8 exercise book
Glue stick
Pens