- Code ANCH6101
- Unit Value 12 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
This course is taught on-site in Italy, and will be offered over the (Australian) summer. Students will travel to a number of important archaeological sites on the Italian peninsula and in Sicily. The course will focus on the entry into this region of three major foreign cultures – Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans – and the subsequent history of contact, conflict and acculturation between locals and outsiders and between the three dominant groups. A number of major archaeological sites will be visited, including Naples and surrounding area (including Pompeii and Herculaneum), Poseidonia/Paestum, Taras/Tarentum, Metapontion, Sybaris/Thourioi, Kroton, Rhegion, Zankle/Messana, Syracuse, Gela, Akragas/Agrigentum, Segesta, Selinous, Himera, Motya, etc. The course will also visit key sites associated with the later history of the region.
The course will consider topics such as: the nature of Greek and Phoenician colonisation and its effects on local inhabitants; Magna Graecia as a distinctive contributor to Greek culture; warfare between Greeks and Carthaginians, between Greek cities, between Romans and Carthaginians, and between Romans and Greeks; economic exploitation by Greeks and Romans; and the archaeological history of the region.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the:
- Factors governing the siting of a Greek polis (or, in Sicily, a Phoenician settlement); the relationship between a city and its hinterland; and transformations in the area resulting from Roman technology and administration.
- Ways in which physical landscape governed agriculture, travel, warfare, and other key aspects of ancient life, and the extent to which topographical examination may enhance our understanding of military history.
- Use of archaeological and historical evidence together to understand the history of a site or a region.
- Relationship between colonial and metropolitan culture.
- Relationship between landscape and cultural memory.
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 Italy.
- Preliminary paper on topic of final research paper (submitted before departure) (1,500 words): 10% [Learning Outcomes 3, 4, or 5]
- Presentation of a research-based seminar to other participants while in Greece: 20% [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
- Research paper (5,000 words), due approx. 5 weeks after return from Greece: 35% [Learning Outcomes 3, 4, or 5]
- Course diary (minimum length 6,000 words): 30% [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
- Overall course participation, including participation in group discussions: 5% [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
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- 3 weeks' intensive study in Italy/Sicily
- approx. 140 hours' work before and after fieldwork in Italy/Sicily (November, December, February)
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9696||21 Nov 2016||09 Dec 2016||09 Dec 2016||17 Feb 2017||In Person||N/A|