• 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

How did the Greeks and Romans construct a map of the world they lived in?  How did people in antiquity imagine the world, or their own neighbourhood?  When they travelled, what sort of mental map did they use?  This course will range from the practicalities and purposes of travel in the ancient world to the intellectual frameworks of geographers.  How did travellers communicate their knowledge of the world to each other and to the audience of armchair travellers?  And how did the knowledge gained by travellers inform the work of geographers?  Students will read a range of ancient sources in translation, including Herodotos, Strabo, Pausanias and Ptolemy, as well as less well-known writers, and be invited to plan their own travels in the ancient world.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 

  1. Become familiar with an important body of written and material evidence for the history of classical Greece and Rome.
  2. Come to better understand the development of geographical ideas and knowledge in antiquity; and gain insights into the practicalities and social attitudes governing travel and mobility in the ancient world.
  3. Become skilled in handling difficult, tendentious, and fragmentary evidence, and develop skills in close reading and analysis.
  4. Gain skill in working in groups and presenting material, ideas and arguments orally.
  5. Gain skill in analytical, argumentative and descriptive writing.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]

In-class exercises (10%) [LO 1, 2, 4]

Group presentation and written notes (2 pp) (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]

Essay (2,000 words) (30%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 5]

One three-hour exam in the examination period (40%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 5]

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Workload

The course consists of one 1–hour lecture, one 2–hour tutorial, and seven hours of associated study time per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of Ancient History (ANCH) or Classics (CLAS) or History (HIST) Courses. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course. Incompatible with ANCH6501

Prescribed Texts

Please check on Wattle or with the Course Convenor.

Preliminary Reading

S.B. Pomeroy, S.M. Burstein, W. Donlan and J.T. Roberts, Ancient Greece: a political, social, and cultural history (3rd ed.: New York, Oxford University Press, 2011)

Majors

Minors

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4363 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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