- Code ANCH6506
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
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.
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 AssessmentTutorial 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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WorkloadOne 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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsJonathan Hall, A History of the Archaic Greek World, ca. 1200–479 BCE (2nd ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). Others to be announced.
Assumed KnowledgePrevious study of Ancient History would be an advantage, but is not required.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9383||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person||N/A|