• 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 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.

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. critically engage with the political and social histories and cultures of the Hellenistic Mediterranean world;
  2. analyse and evaluate primary historical sources;
  3. conduct research using the primary sources and modern scholarship on the period;
  4. formulate logical arguments based on the primary source evidence;
  5. communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written modes; and
  6. develop a basic understanding of the nexus between geography and imperialism.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial 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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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

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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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3760 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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