• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • 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, Kroton/Thourioi, 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:  
(1) recall significant events in the ancient history of southern Italy and Sicily
(2) distinguish significant elements in the layout of an ancient city
(3) relate a site on the ground to maps and other written material about the site; and in broad terms interpret the evidence of an archaeological site
(4) evaluate the evidence of material in museums as it relates to the history and culture of specific areas
(5) deduce relationships between topography, siting of settlements, patterns of agricultural exploitation, transport systems, and military campaigns
(6) hypothesise relationships between landscape, human settlement, and cultural memory

Other Information

How to enrol into a course offered in a non-standard session (Summer Session, Autumn Session, Winter Session, Spring Session):

  1. Complete an Enrolment Variation Form available on the following website: http://students.anu.edu.au/manage/vary.php.   
  2. You must include the Course Code, Class number and Semester/Session.
  3. If the course requires Convenor approval (Departmental consent), the Lecturer section must be signed by the appropriate Course Convenor prior to submitting the Form.
  4. Submit the Form in person to the CASS Student Office located in the Beryl Rawson Building 13, Ellery Crescent or online to students.cass@anu.edu.au.
  5. Please allow up to 3 weeks for processing, and submit your request as early as possible prior to the commencement of the relevant session.
  6. You are advised to check ISIS for the outcome of your request after this period.
  7. Please take note of the Overload Policy which may apply if you are enrolling in a non-standard session.

If you have questions, please contacts the CASS Student Office at students.cass@anu.edu.au.

Indicative Assessment

•    preliminary paper on topic of final research paper (submitted before departure) (1,500 words): 10%  [LO 4, 5 or 6]
•    one or more group presentations in Australia and/or Italy, discussing significant aspects of individual sites and/or themes relevant to the course, with PowerPoints and/or written handouts: 25%  [LO 1, 2 and 3]
•    research paper (4,000 words), due approx. 5 weeks after return from Italy: 35%  [LO 4, 5 or 6]
•    course diary (minimum length 4,000 words): 20%  [LO 2, 3, 4, 5]
•    overall course participation, including participation in group discussions: 10%  [LO 3, 4, 5, 6]

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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 ANCH6101.

Prescribed Texts

Selected articles and book chapters will be provided, relating to key issues and individual sites.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $2328
2014 $4956
2013 $4944
2012 $4944
2011 $4848
2010 $4716
2009 $4572
2008 $4572
2007 $4572
2006 $4572
2005 $4572
2004 $3852
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $5148
2014 $6492
2013 $6480
2012 $6480
2011 $6480
2010 $6480
2009 $6480
2008 $6480
2007 $6264
2006 $6264
2005 $6264
2004 $5832
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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
9695 21 Nov 2016 09 Dec 2016 09 Dec 2016 17 Feb 2017 In Person N/A

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