- Code ANCH2022
- 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
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- critically engage with the political and social histories and cultures of the Hellenistic Mediterranean world;
- analyse and evaluate primary historical sources;
- conduct research using the primary sources and modern scholarship on the period;
- formulate logical arguments based on the primary source evidence;
- communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written modes; and
- develop a basic understanding of the nexus between geography and imperialism.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial 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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WorkloadTwo 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).
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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