Alexander P. A Level Classical Civilisation tutor, GCSE Classical Civ...
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Alexander P.

Degree: Philosophy (Masters) - Durham University

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About Me:

I am a Combined Honours graduate in Classics and Philosophy, and am currently studying for a Master’s in Philosophy at Durham University. I have a great enthusiasm for both subjects, and I hope to pass on some of this passion!

I am patient and friendly, and happy to answer any and all questions you have about your subject.

The Sessions:

You are in charge of the session. Each session will be tailored to exactly what you want to cover, and I will help you to work through every area that you want to focus on. We can spend as much time as you need on a particular area, until you have a solid understanding of the topic.

The sessions will be fun! The best way to learn is when you enjoy learning, and hopefully I can bring some inspiration to the tutorial!

I hope to improve your confidence in your subjects, as well as provide a range of methods to explain concepts and ideas.

What Happens Next?

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me a message via Webmail, or book a Meet the Tutor Session. Don’t forget to tell me exactly what it is that you need help with, as well as your exam board.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Classical Civilisation A Level £20 /hr
Philosophy A Level £20 /hr
Classical Civilisation GCSE £18 /hr
Philosophy GCSE £18 /hr
Philosophy IB £20 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £20 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
LatinA-LevelA*
ClassicsA-LevelA
EnglishA-LevelA
Combined Honours in Classics and PhilosophyBachelors DegreeFirst Class
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Explain the similarities and differences of Homer's Achilles and Virgil's Aeneas.

Both epic heroes share some common features derived from the Homeric texts, but also some substantial differences.  Aeneas and Achilles are both mighty heroes. They are descirbed with honorific epithets, they are immensely skilled warriors, and they both have divine ancestry. Such a prowess i...

Both epic heroes share some common features derived from the Homeric texts, but also some substantial differences. 

Aeneas and Achilles are both mighty heroes. They are descirbed with honorific epithets, they are immensely skilled warriors, and they both have divine ancestry. Such a prowess is typical of epic heroes, as it grants them an enhanced status amongst the other characters in the text. They both receive divine aid during the challenges that they are faced with, and both men are, in some regard, influential enough characters that they also receive divine opposition when their deeds arouse the displeasure of any number of the gods. Master-crafted sets of armour are created for both heroes, and both are repeatedly referenced as being subject to the immutable hold of fate.

Although Achilles and Aeneas share some broad qualities, they also have some striking dissimilarities. Where Achilles is motivated by the desire for glory, Aeneas wishes to avoid fighting wherever he can, and acts for the interests of his family and race. Achilles is often self-centred and egotistical, allowing his comrades to suffer in order to further his own ends, whereas Aeneas exposes himself to great dangers in order to protect the future of the Trojan people. Even though Aeneas finds himself subject to bouts of battle-rage that are characteristic of the typical Homeric hero, he prefers to avoid conflict and bloodshed when confronted with adversity, relying on it only as a reluctant last resort.

Aeneas is portrayed with a different characterisation to that of Achilles. The latter is an archetypal Greek hero, exemplifying the heroic qualities of skill at arms and legendary status amongst his fellow soldiers. Aeneas is meant to reflect the ideals of Augustan Rome: contrasting with the inflated ego and borderline hubris of Achilles, Aeneas is described as pious and dutiful, putting the welbeing of his people before any attempts at personal renown. His role as a protecting father and and attentive son underscores his distinction from Achilles, who gave up the chance for a peaceful, domestic life in favour of a brief, bloody, and famous life as a warrior.

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