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Learning objectives

6-1 | 6-2
7-1 | 7-2
8-1 | 8-2

Learning objective 6-2

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • understand that ideas and values of the classical world have influenced other cultures, including New Zealand.


  • Identifies and describes classical ideas and values influencing other cultures.
  • Draws upon their own experiences to make sense of the influence of ideas and values of the classical world on other cultures.
  • Compares and contrasts ideas and values of the classical world and other cultures.

Concepts addressed in this learning objective

  • Citizenship and society
  • Culture and identity
  • Art and aesthetics
  • Heritage

Key concepts in classical studies

Possible context elaborations

  • The participants, the religious significance, and the political importance of the Olympic Games: why do we participate in international sporting events?
  • The underworld compared with modern cultural beliefs about life after death, such as Māori ancestors, Pasifika myths and legends, Christian notions heaven and hell: what possibilities are there for life after death?
  • Ekklesia compared with the NZ parliament: who has a political voice and why?
  • Private and public entertainment: symposium vs modern dinner party, chariot racing vs horse/motor racing, gladiatorial combat vs modern contact sports or kapa haka, ancient baths vs modern sports/swimming complexes: what do people do and watch for fun?
  • Ideas of health and well-being: hauora, exercise, diet, medical care: does good health lead to a good life?
  • Media and promotion: the use of gods as symbols, references to the Trojan War, allusions to entertainment in the colosseum: why do we use imagery from the classical world in advertising?

Possible achievement standards

At the time of publication, achievement standards were in development to align them with The New Zealand Curriculum. Please ensure that you are using the correct version of the standards by going to the NZQA website.

The NZQA subject-specific resources pages are very helpful. From there, you can find all the achievement standards and links to assessment resources, both internal and external.

Learn more:

Classical studies and external qualifications

Level 1 classical studies – NCEA standards

Last updated July 16, 2015