Classical Studies Units 3 and 4


Units 3 & 4 VCE Classical Studies explores the literature, history, philosophy, art and architecture of Ancient Greece. The official study design tells us that such ancient civilizations are worthy of our study not only because of their vast achievements and contributions to Western civilization (such as in the fields of science, law, and politics) but also because they offer a unique perspective on humanity.

In this course, we will explore many aspects of Greek culture up to 399 BCE, including its history, customs, literature, art, philosophy, and religion. To explore their world we’ll be using materials left to us by the ancient Greeks themselves – many of their writings and artefacts-, and the work of scholars – their commentaries and informative writings.

Who is it for?

This subject is for students with a keen interest in the people, events and ideas of the past.

What do you do?

You will read a selection of Greek works in translation and study images of some artworks. When you read texts, or study artworks, the aim is to gain an understanding of the culture which produced them.

What skills do you need?

You’ll need to be an enthusiastic reader, a fluent and expressive writer with a sound command of English and a critical thinker.

What skills do you develop?

This subject develops skills in research, analysis and the construction of an evidence based argument.




You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. All weekly work will be completed and submitted online.The purchase of the following books will also be required:

  • Homer, The Iliad, Translated by Robert Fagles, Penguin Classics, 1998


  • Sophocles, ‘Antigone’ in The Three Theban Plays Translated by Robert Fagles, Penguin Classics, 1984


  • Euripides, ‘Electra’ in Electra and Other Plays Translated by John Davie, Penguin Classics, 1998

Things to think about

Students must be competent readers and writers.

Things you can do now

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.



Things to have a look at

The Greeks (Part 1)

Excellent documentary about the Ancient Greeks
Episode 1

The Greeks (Part 2)

Excellent documentary about the Ancient Greeks
Episode 2