• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Ancient History
  • Areas of interest Classics and Ancient History, History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Peter Londey
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course will begin with the Greek ‘Dark Age’ following the destruction of Mycenaean civilisation at the end of the 12th century BC, and examine the economic, artistic and intellectual flowering which culminated in the vastly influential culture of Classical Greece.  Chronologically, the course will start around the 10th century BC, but focus mainly on the Archaic period from c. 750 to the Persian invasion of 480/79 BC.  Topics to be covered will include urbanisation and the development of the polis, religious cult and sanctuaries, and developments in warfare, political ideas, art and literature, and philosophical thought.  The Archaic period of Greek history is today an area of energetic debate.  Historians, partly influenced by modern theories of memory, have challenged many comfortable views about the period by discounting much of the evidence ‘preserved’ in later writers.  On the other hand, archaeological evidence continues to accumulate.  In this course, students will read selections (in translation) from ancient authors such as Homer, early lyric poets, Hesiod and Herodotos, but will also make use of archaeological and artistic evidence from a number of key sites.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Speak with considerable authority on the periods of history under study

2. Critically read ancient sources

3. Make sophisticated use of both written and archaeological evidence for early Greek history

4. Engage critically with current debates on early Greek history

5. Construct and criticise arguments and present material orally and in writing, at an advanced level.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Essay (3,000 words) (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Class seminar presentation (20 mins.) on topic of essay (15%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

One three-hour exam in the examination period (35%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2 3, 4, 5]

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One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks, plus weekly reading and preparation time for assessments, making a total of 130 hours' work over the semester.

Prescribed Texts

Jonathan Hall, A History of the Archaic Greek World, ca. 1200–479 BCE (2nd ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). Others to be announced.

Assumed Knowledge

Previous study of Ancient History would be an advantage, but is not required.


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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 $2484
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
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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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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9091 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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