Wednesday 10 March 2021 4pm
Wednesday 19 May 2021 4pm

Code: 7316


This webinar will examine the key contextual knowledge necessary for success when teaching the Aeneid, and how to engage with scholars’ opinions. Coverage will include the historical context of the Aeneid, alongside Virgil’s links to Augustus. It will consider the different academic interpretations of the text, and how students can deploy these in the 30 mark essays. There will be a focus on how to meet the AO2 requirement for “critical perceptive analysis” of scholarship on the Aeneid. The webinar will also examine exemplar material, looking at how students can use scholarship in their essays to write an effective answer.


  • Find out exactly what is meant by the mark scheme’s requirement to engage with ‘secondary sources, scholars and/or academic works’
  • Take part in a marking exercise using current student essays in order to develop your understanding of how to apply the mark scheme
  • Discover 12 ways in which to get your students to engage with scholars!
  • Gather ideas for how to embed scholars within an understanding of the Augustan context of the Aeneid
  • Take away specific resources which summarise the main interpretations of the Aeneid for you.


  • All teachers of A Level Classical Civilisation


4.00 pm Welcome and sound check for all delegates

4:05-4:20 pm: Presentation: how to fulfil the requirement to use modern scholarship in the mark scheme

4:20-4:35 pm Activity You will have been sent some student essays in advance of the webinar, and we will discuss the marks for these, along with tips on how to apply the mark scheme.

4:35-4:50 pm Presentation Current scholarship on the Aeneid, with an overview of the main areas of debate.

4:50-5:05 pm Summary  12 ways in which to get your students to engage with scholars – a collection of tips and ideas to save you time and also to engage your students!

Mark Robinson

Mark is an experienced examiner and Head of Humanities, with over 25 years teaching experience of both Classical Civilisation and History. He has marked on the first year of the linear AS exam, and has marked for both OCR and AQA. He has a particular interest in innovative strategies for improving student performance, and is the author of a number of Ted-Ed videos on Classical Civilisation.