There are other serious issues. Greek and Roman history should not be treated as one of several components of a classical civilisation A-level, as is proposed. Students of the history of the classical world need to be taught differently from those studying other aspects of classical civilisation. They need to know how to understand and write history on the basis of close study of narrative and documentary texts - in other words, to think and write like historians.
Knowledge of the history of Greece and Rome is the indispensable foundation for the understanding of European history. If we remove this from the A-level syllabus as a subject in its own right, we will do irreparable damage to future generations of historians, both ancient and modern.
Camden Professor of Ancient (Roman) History, and Robert Parker Wykeham Professor of Ancient (Greek), University of Oxford