Exam Specifications

Exam Specifications

There are 4 papers: 2 language, 1 on the prose set text and 1 on Roman sources.

Paper 1

The theme of the subject matter for this unit is mythological or related to Roman domestic life.
Candidates should be able to:
• recognise, analyse and/or deploy, as appropriate, the following accidence and syntax
• demonstrate knowledge of the vocabulary OCR Vocab list
• answer a variety of comprehension questions in English, including questions about the
derivation of English words from Latin as evidence of the continuing influence of the classical world on later times
• translate a short extract of unseen Latin of approximately 45–55 words into English.

Paper 2

The theme of the subject matter for this unit is history.
Candidates should be able to:
• recognise, analyse and/or deploy, as appropriate, the accidence and syntax as above
• demonstrate knowledge of the vocabulary
• answer a variety of comprehension questions in English
• translate a passage of unseen Latin of approximately 80–90 words into English.

Paper 3

Candidates should be able to:
• demonstrate an understanding of Latin prose literature by translation and/or explanation of words, phrases, sentences or passages of the original Latin text
• demonstrate an understanding of the cultural content and context of the prose literature
• demonstrate an appreciation of literary effects such as simile, metaphor, alliteration, assonance
and the author’s use of rhythm, words and word order, as appropriate to the text studied
• evaluate, analyse and produce personal responses to the Latin prose literature they have

Candidates prepare one prose set text prescription. Approximately 135 lines
(approximately 1070–1080 words) will be set for each prose set text prescription.

In 2014 the set texts will be Apuleius: sagae Thessaliae – The Witches of Thessaly – and Pliny: Regulus.

Paper 4

This unit will:
• introduce candidates to primary source material as evidence for aspects of Roman life
• develop candidates’ skills in identifying and responding to evidence
• encourage candidates to relate their understanding of evidence to their study of language and literature.
The emphasis of this unit is on the skills required in analysing, evaluating and responding to primary sources: questions will be set on both the core prescribed items of primary source material listed below and other items of primary source material with related subject matter.
Candidates should be able to:
• demonstrate an understanding of literature and other primary sources related to the society and values of the Roman world
• demonstrate knowledge of distinctive broad aspects of Roman civilisation derived from primary sources
• select and organise information
• respond to primary sources as evidence of the Roman world
• evaluate the usefulness of the primary sources as evidence through comprehension and
• analyse the primary sources and recognise where there are gaps in the evidence, distortion for literary effect or bias.

Candidates study primary source material relating to the following aspects of Roman civilisation.
1 Work and domestic life
– houses
– water supply
– women
– occupations (e.g. engineering, army, farming, work carried out by women, slaves and
2 Social life and entertainment
– food and drink
– patronage
– baths
– religion
– chariot racing
– the amphitheatre.
Items of primary source material will normally provide evidence for several aspects of Roman civilisation. A booklet of Core Primary source material is provided here.75875-sources-for-latin
Core Primary source material:
• pictures of houses from Pompeii and Ostia
• Columella on houses and farming On Agriculture 1.6.1–11, 18–24, slaves On Agriculture 1.8.1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 16, 18, 19, and women On Agriculture 12.3.5, 6, 8, 9
• pictures of water engineering
• Vitruvius on the water supply On Architecture 8.6.1–2
• inscriptions as evidence for various aspects, including women, occupations – freedmen,
soldiers, games, circus and religion
• Pliny on slaves Letters 8.16
• Juvenal on Rome and houses Satires 3.180–248, on women and gladiators Satires 6.103–113
• Vegetius on army training Epitoma rei militaris 1.1, 9–11, 14, 18, 19, 21; 2.23, 25
• Extracts from the Edict of Diocletian as evidence for occupations and goods (CIL 3, pp. 805,806, 808, 809)*
• Cicero on occupations De Officiis 1.42, 2.25
• pictures of cooking vessels and food
• Horace on food and drink, town and country Satires 2.6
• Apuleius on slaves in a mill The Golden Ass 9.12
• Seneca the Younger on the amphitheatre Letters 7.2–5, on baths, Letters 56.1–2
• archaeological evidence of baths, including bath complexes of Roman Britain
• Ovid on chariot racing, social life and religion Amores 3.2
• Ovid on religion (remembering the dead Fasti 2.533–570), (Terminus Fasti 2.639–662),
(spring festival of Anna Perenna Fasti 3.523–542)

• Martial on social life (patrons and clients Epigrams 3.60, 5.22, 6.88, 10.74, 12.82), (games
Epigrams 5.24), (chariot racing Epigrams 10.53), (food and dining Epigrams 5.78)
• pictures of chariot racing
• Augustus on gladiatorial games Res Gestae 22
• Augustine on the amphitheatre Confessions 6.9
• Cicero on the amphitheatre Tusculan Disputations 2.17.41
• Suetonius on gladiators Caligula 35.2.
Many of these sources are in Shelton, Jo-Ann (1998 2nd edition), As the Romans Did, OUP: further guidance on primary sources and useful books is provided in the Teacher Handbook.
*For copyright reasons, these extracts are not included in the Sources booklet provided by OCR.

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