British schools to play off of Hollywood histories

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CSEs in ancient history will be introduced for the first time to capitalise on the popularity of Hollywood blockbusters such as 300 and Troy, examiners have said.

Teenagers will study key world events stretching back thousands of years following demand from pupils and teachers, it was disclosed.

The courses will focus on the foundation of Rome, Greece and the Persian wars, as well as historical figures such as Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Cleopatra and Agrippina the Younger.

There will also be detailed study of aspects of other civilisations, including Ancient Egypt, the Minoans, Mycenae, the Persian Empire, the Hellenistic world and the Celts, said OCR, one of England's three main exam boards.

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