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.
Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate.
Disclaimer: Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example, specific international security concerns and international health crises) it may not be possible for students to commence or complete this course. An alternative lesson plan will be arranged to fulfil the course requirements.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Evaluate the factors governing the siting of a Greek polis, and the relationship between the city and its hinterland.
- Demonstrate the ways by which physical landscape governed agriculture, travel, warfare, and other key aspects of ancient life.
- Elucidate the archaeology of urban sites in the classical world.
- Demonstrate the ways in which landscape and cultural memory are related.
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 Assessment20-minute Thematic group presentation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
2500-word essay (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
20-minute On-site group presentation (15%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
Map Test (5%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3]
4000-word reflective essay (35%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
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Workload260 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 140 hours of contact: 15 hours of lectures and 35 hours of tutorials and 90 hours of supervised fieldwork
b) 120 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Selected articles and book chapters will be provided, relating to key issues and individual sites.
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