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Blakehurst High School

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Ancient history

Ancient History provides the opportunity for students to study and anlayse past societies. It allows the development of research skills, critical analysis and rhetoric. Ancient History also broadens the knowledge and experience of students as it exposes them to a variety of religious beliefs, customs, ideologies and other cultures. The study understaken also raises significant contemporary ethical issues associated with the ownership, administration and presentation of the cultural past.

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The ancient history course is studied over two years.


In the preliminary course (120 hours), students will study:

  • Part 1: introduction - history, archaeology and science and case studies
  • Part 2: studies of ancient societies, sites and sources
  • Part 3: historical investigation.


In the HSC course (120 hours), students will study:

  • Part 1: Core study - Cities of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Part 2: an ancient society, for example, Persia at the time of Darius and Xerxes
  • Part 3: a personality in their time, for example, Hannible or Cleopatra VII
  • Part 4: a historical period, for example, The Greek World 500 - 440 BC.