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Ancient History

Ancient History

Rationale (An excerpt from NESA Syllabus)

"The study of Ancient History engages students in an investigation of life in early societies based on the analysis and interpretation of physical and written remains. It offers students the opportunity to investigate the possible motivations and actions of individuals and groups, and how they shaped the political, social, economic and cultural landscapes of the ancient world.

Ancient History stimulates students’ curiosity and imagination and enriches their appreciation of humanity by introducing them to a range of cultures and beliefs as well as to the origins and influences of ideas, values and behaviours that are still relevant in the modern world. The investigation of the ancient past develops students’ appreciation of the diversity of ancient societies and the longevity of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples."

Year 11 Ancient History

Topics Studied:

  1. The Nature of Ancient History
  2. Investigating Ancient History : 2 case studies
  3. Features of Ancient Societies
  4. Historical Investigation (research project)


Year 12 Ancient History

Topics Studied:
  1. Core: Cities of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum
  2. Personalities in their times: such as Agrippina the Younger (Rome), Hatshepsut (Egypt), Pericles (Greece)
  3. Historical Period: Greek World and Persian Wars, New Kingdom Egypt, Julio Claudian Rome
  4. Ancient Societies: Spartan Society