• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Ancient History

This course concentrates on the rise of the ancient kingdom of Macedon, its expansion under Philip II and his son, Alexander the Great, and the Hellenistic kingdoms that arose after Alexander's premature death in 323 B.C. The course also treats the rise of Rome from its origins, and its eventual integration into and establishment of hegemony over the Hellenistic world to 146 B.C. Thematically, the course examines imperialism and the methods used to establish imperial power. The approach is primarily through literary sources in translation, but additional evidence from numismatic and epigraphic material is introduced where relevant.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Speak with some authority on the periods of history under study;
  2. Think critically and analytically about historical problems and issues;
  3. Write more effectively and critically;
  4. Distinguish between primary and secondary sources and critically evaluate them.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial presentation (10%) [Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4]

One 2,500 word essay (40%) [Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4]

2-hour final examination (40%) [Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4]

Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4]

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Two lectures per week (1 hour each) for a total of 24, and approximately one tutorial (1 hour) per week.

Students can expect to undertake approximately 7 - 9 hours of study per week outside class time.

Prescribed Texts

Arrian, The Campaigns of Alexander

Plutarch, The Age of Alexander

Polybius, The Rise of the Roman Empire

Livy, Dawn of the Roman Empire Books 31-40

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
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
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3224 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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