• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Ancient History
  • Areas of interest Classics and Ancient History, History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Paul Burton
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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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 successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. critically engage with the political and social histories and cultures of the Hellenistic Mediterranean world;
    2. analyse and evaluate primary historical sources;
    3. conduct research using the primary sources and modern scholarship on the period;
    4. formulate logical arguments based on the primary source evidence;
    5. communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written modes; and
    6. develop a basic understanding of the nexus between geography and imperialism.

    Indicative Assessment

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

    Leading tutorial discussion (5%) [Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5]

    Geography quizzes (15 mins. each; 2 x 5% = 10%) Learning Outcome 6]

    Terms and concepts quizzes (15 mins. each; 2 x 5% = 10%) Learning Outcomes: 1,2]

    2,500 word essay (40%) [Learning Outcomes: 1-5]

    2-hour final examination in the formal final exam period (30%) [Learning Outcomes: 1-5]

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    Two lectures per week (1 hour each) and one tutorial (1 hour) per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study per teaching week (total 130 hours).

    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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    Unit value:
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    6.00 0.12500
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    Year Fee
    2015 $2604
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2015 $3576
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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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