• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course is taught on-site in western Turkey, and will be offered over the (Australian) summer.  Students will travel to a number of important archaeological sites relating to the Greco-Roman world, with a particular focus on the regional history of Gallipoli and the Troad.  The course will examine the history of cities and settlement in the area over a long historical period, from the Late Bronze Age to the late Roman empire.  A number of major archaeological sites will be visited; the final selection will take into account accessibility of individual sites at the time the course is offered.  The course will begin in Istanbul (Byzantion/Constantinople).  Likely sites to be visited in western Turkey include Pergamon, Smyrna, Ephesos, Magnesia on the Maiandros, Priene, Miletos, Didyma and Halikarnassos.  A particular focus of the course will be a study of the regional history of the Gallipoli peninsula (occupied by 12 or 13 small cities in antiquity) and the nearby Troad, the area around the significant Bronze Age site of Troy.  The course will consider topics such as: history and nature of Greek colonisation; structure and settlement patterns of Greek poleis; effects on the region of the conquests of Alexander the Great and the later incorporation of the area in the Roman empire; effects of warfare on local populations; urban development in the Roman empire; and the cultural and literary significance of an area which was both home to epic traditions and the birthplace of a number of major authors and intellectual figures.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  • what were the factors governing the siting of a Greek polis, and what was the relationship between a city and its hinterland?
  • in what ways did physical landscape govern agriculture, travel, warfare, and other key aspects of ancient life?
  • what does the archaeology of urban sites tell us, and what does it leave us in the dark about?
  • 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 Turkey.

Indicative Assessment

Preliminary paper on topic of final research paper (submitted before fieldwork departure) (1,000 words): 10%

Final research paper (4,000 words): 35%

Presentations and exercises: 20%

Course participation: 5%

Course diary (minimum length 5,000 words): 30%

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3 weeks' intensive study in Turkey.

Approximately 120 hours' work before and after fieldwork in Turkey (November, December, February).

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. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANCH6505. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

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




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Unit value:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $5436
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $7752
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