How did the Greeks and Romans construct a map of the world they lived in? How did people in antiquity imagine the world, or their own neighbourhood? When they travelled, what sort of mental map did they use? This course will range from the practicalities and purposes of travel in the ancient world to the intellectual frameworks of geographers. How did travellers communicate their knowledge of the world to each other and to the audience of armchair travellers? And how did the knowledge gained by travellers inform the work of geographers? Students will read a range of ancient sources in translation, including Herodotos, Strabo, Pausanias and Ptolemy, as well as less well-known writers, and be invited to plan their own travels in the ancient world.
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:
- Demonstrate familiarity with an important body of written and material evidence for the history of classical Greece and Rome.
- Evaluate the development of geographical ideas and knowledge in antiquity, and gain insights into the practicalities and social attitudes governing travel and mobility in the ancient world.
- Demonstrate competency in handling difficult, tendentious, and fragmentary evidence, and skills in close reading and analysis.
- Demonstrate capacities for working in groups and presenting material, ideas and arguments orally.
- Demonstrate capacities in analytical, argumentative and descriptive writing.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial participation (10%) [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
In-class exercises (10%) [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 4]
20-minute Group presentation and written notes (1000 words) (10%) [Learning outcomes1, 2, 3, 4]
Essay (2,000 words) (30%) [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5]
One three-hour exam in the examination period (40%) [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Please check on Wattle or with the Course Convenor.
S.B. Pomeroy, S.M. Burstein, W. Donlan and J.T. Roberts, Ancient Greece: a political, social, and cultural history (3rd ed.: New York, Oxford University Press, 2011)
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