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

The course investigates the ways in which the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome are depicted in film in order to suggest that these films illuminate such contemporary concerns as race relations, gender, religion and political power. Particular attention will be paid to major historical events, social and political movements (300, Spartacus), charismatic leaders, personalities and celebrity (Alexander, Cleopatra), and popular entertainment and spectacle (Troy, Gladiator).  The complexity of translating ancient literary works including tragedy (Iphighenia) and the novel (Satyricon) into the modern, visual medium of film foregrounds the ways in which the material of the ancient world must be adapted and reinterpreted.

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 and write with authority on the films under study;
    2. Identify and critically assess the key concepts and themes raised by the depiction of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds in film;
    3. Use specific examples to explain key concepts and themes;
    4. Compare cultural experience of those in the ancient world with that of the modern world as represented by film.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial presentation (10%) [Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4]

3,500 word essay (45%) [Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4]

2-hour final exam (35%) [Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4]

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

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2-hour weekly screenings;

1-hour weekly lecture;

1-hour weekly tutorial.

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANCH2021.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1542
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 $3618
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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