• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Ancient History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Greta Hawes
    • Dr Peter Londey
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2015
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This course is taught on-site in Greece, and will be offered over the (Australian) summer.  Students will travel to a number of important archaeological sites in Greece, with a particular focus on the regional history of Attica and central Greece.  The course will examine the history of cities and settlement in the area over a long historical period, from the Bronze Age to the late Roman empire.  A number of major archaeological sites will be visited, including Athens, Sounion, Corinth, Mycenae, Tiryns, Epidauros, Pylos, Olympia, Delphoi, and Vergina.
The course will consider topics such as: nature of and change in settlement patterns in the Bronze Age, Classical and Roman periods, with reference to security, communications, and agricultural potential; form and significance of major religious sanctuaries; and significance of sites from the  Greek Bronze Age, especially as locations of mythological and imagined histories.  The choice of areas to be studied will also allow comparison of different forms of political organization in the classical period: regions organized as a single polis (Attike), a collection of individual poleis (Boiotia, Argolid), and poleis organized as ethne (Phokis, areas in the Spercheios valley).

Learning Outcomes

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

Students will come to a better understanding of issues such as:

  1. What were the factors governing the siting of a Greek polis, and what was the relationship between a city and its hinterland?
  2. In what ways did physical landscape govern agriculture, travel, warfare, and other key aspects of ancient life?
  3. What does the archaeology of urban sites and of sanctuaries tell us, and what does it leave us in the dark about?
  4. Different forms of state formation and political structure in ancient Greece.
  5. How are landscape and cultural memory related?

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 Greece.

Indicative Assessment

Preliminary paper on topic of final research paper (submitted before departure) (1,500 words): 10% [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, and/or 5]

Presentation of a research-based seminar to other participants while in Greece: 20% [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, and/or 5]

Research paper (5,000 words), due approx. 5 weeks after return from Greece: 35% [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, and/or 5]

Course diary (minimum length 6,000 words): 30% [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Overall course participation, including participation in group discussions: 5% [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

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3 weeks' intensive study in Greece.

Approx. 140 hours' work before and after fieldwork in Greece (November, December, February).

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANCH2023.

Prescribed Texts

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



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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
2015 $5208
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $8292
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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
1567 23 Nov 2015 11 Dec 2015 11 Dec 2015 12 Feb 2016 In Person N/A

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