Ancient History - HSC

Resources for HSC Ancient History and History Extension

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Key to library resources

Access anywhere with a library card In the Library (or anywhere with a Library card for NSW residents)
Available to access in the library Only in the Library
Publicly available online Publicly available

Film, media and audio

Use these eresources to find: 

  • Documentaries
  • Digitised pictures and objects
  • Historical newsreels 


Pompeii: Life and death in a Roman town (BBC)

Gleaning evidence from an extraordinary find, Cambridge professor and Pompeii expert Mary Beard provides new insight into the lives of the people who lived in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius before its cataclysmic eruption. 


The Other Pompeii: Life and Death in Herculaneum (BBC)

Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill presents a documentary following the scientific investigation that shows what life was like in the small Roman town of Herculaneum, moments before it was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. 

Ancient history podcasts


History Teachers' Association podcasts

These podcasts feature experienced historians and teachers, and cover topics such as Classical Sparta with Prof Stephen Hodkinson and the Ancient History Personality Study. 

Classics Confidential

Video and audio interviews about classics and the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Includes interviews with prominent historians such as Stephen Hodkinson, Paul Cartledge and Mary Beard. 

In our Time

Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon, over all periods of history. This massive collection includes episodes on Agrippina the Younger, Sparta, the Minoans, Hatshepsut and many more.