• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Ancient History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The principal concern of this course is with the methods which might be used to reconstruct the history of mainland Greece and the Aegean in the Late Bronze Age. We shall examine:

(a) the wealth of archaeological evidence which might throw some light on the history of the period

(b) the written evidence which has become available to us in recent times, with the decipherment of a number of ancient scripts

(c) Homer's Iliad. We shall attempt to gauge its value as a source for the history of the times (is it purely legendary? does some historical reality lie behind it?). This will entail an examination of the how the poem came into being, the content of the tale, and the place it occupied in the cultural life of the early Greeks.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:

  1. Acquired a knowledge and understanding of the character and the main achievements of Greek society in this period;
  2. Discovered the fundamental methods and techniques available for inquiry into the past of a largely pre-literate and literate society;
  3. Learned how to discover, select and critically assess evidence about the past.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3]

In-class exercises (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3]

Group presentation and written notes (2 pp) (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3]

Essay (2,000 words) (30%) [LO 1, 2, 3]

One three-hour final exam in the examination period (40%) [LO 1, 2]

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The course consists of one 1–hour lecture, one 2–hour tutorial, and seven hours of associated study time per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of Ancient History (ANCH) or Classics (CLAS) or History (HIST) Courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANCH6014. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

* Lattimore, R., The Iliad of Homer, University of Chicago Press
* Wood, M., In Search of the Trojan War, BBC Books




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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
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1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
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2014 $3246
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2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3240
2004 $2916
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