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

This course is taught on-site in Italy, and will be offered over the (Australian) summer.  Students will travel to a number of important archaeological sites on the Italian peninsula and in Sicily.  The course will focus on the entry into this region of three major foreign cultures – Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans – and the subsequent history of contact, conflict and acculturation between locals and outsiders and between the three dominant groups.  A number of major archaeological sites will be visited, including Naples and surrounding area (including Pompeii and Herculaneum), Poseidonia/Paestum, Taras/Tarentum, Metapontion, Sybaris/Thourioi, Kroton, Rhegion, Zankle/Messana, Syracuse, Gela, Akragas/Agrigentum, Segesta, Selinous, Himera, Motya, etc.  The course will also visit key sites associated with the later history of the region.

The course will consider topics such as: the nature of Greek and Phoenician colonisation and its effects on local inhabitants; Magna Graecia as a distinctive contributor to Greek culture; warfare between Greeks and Carthaginians, between Greek cities, between Romans and Carthaginians, and between Romans and Greeks; economic exploitation by Greeks and Romans; and the archaeological history of the region.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the:

  1. Factors governing the siting of a Greek polis (or, in Sicily, a Phoenician settlement); the relationship between a city and its hinterland; and transformations in the area resulting from Roman technology and administration.
  2. Ways in which physical landscape governed agriculture, travel, warfare, and other key aspects of ancient life, and the extent to which topographical examination may enhance our understanding of military history.
  3. Use of archaeological and historical evidence together to understand the history of a site or a region.
  4. Relationship between colonial and metropolitan culture.
  5. Relationship between landscape and cultural memory.

Other Information

Good walking boots and cold-weather gear are essential.  Participants will also find a small laptop or tablet computer of advantage during the fieldwork in Italy.

Indicative Assessment

  • Preliminary paper on topic of final research paper (submitted before departure) (1,500 words): 10% [Learning Outcomes 3, 4, or 5]
  • Presentation of a research-based seminar to other participants while in Greece: 20% [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
  • Research paper (5,000 words), due approx. 5 weeks after return from Greece: 35% [Learning Outcomes 3, 4, or 5]
  • Course diary (minimum length 6,000 words): 30% [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
  • Overall course participation, including participation in group discussions: 5% [Learning Outcomes 1-5]

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  • 3 weeks' intensive study in Italy/Sicily
  • approx. 140 hours' work before and after fieldwork in Italy/Sicily (November, December, February)

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANCH2101.


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Unit value:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $3084
2014 $4956
2013 $4944
2012 $4944
2011 $4848
2010 $4716
2009 $4572
2008 $4572
2007 $4572
2006 $4572
2005 $4572
2004 $3852
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Year Fee
1994-2003 $7236
2014 $7524
2013 $7512
2012 $7512
2011 $7512
2010 $7500
2009 $7236
2008 $7236
2007 $7236
2006 $7236
2005 $7236
2004 $7236
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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9696 21 Nov 2016 09 Dec 2016 09 Dec 2016 17 Feb 2017 In Person N/A

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