• 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, History
Imperialism, Conquest and Colonisation in the Ancient Mediterranean World (ANCH3504)

This course explores the imperial expansion of the ancient Greeks and Romans into the larger Mediterranean environment, and examines the cultural negotiation with and adjustment to the conquerors by subject peoples on the imperial periphery.  The course focuses in particular on the Mycenaean and Dorian invasions into the Greek mainland during the Bronze Age; the era of Greek colonisations in the West during the eighth and seventh centuries B.C.; and the Roman conquest, 'provincialisation' and 'Romanisation' of vast areas of the Mediterranean world.  The course employs a range of colonial and post-colonial methodologies, archaeological method and materials, and close examination of the ancient literary evidence to track the cultural transformations at the point of intersection between centre and periphery.

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
6. Develop a sophisticated knowledge of European, Asian and Middle Eastern Geography, and an understanding of how ancient maps onto modern geographical space

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial/workshop/forum Participation (10%)  LOs 1, 2, 4, 5
2,500-word Essay (40%) LOs 1-5
2 x 15-min Geography Quiz (5% each for a total of 10%) LO 6
2 x 15-min Terms and Concepts Quiz  (5% each for a total of 10%) LOs 1, 2
2-hr Final Exam in formal final examination period (30%) LOs 1-5

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of Ancient History (ANCH) or Classics (CLAS) or History (HIST) courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANCH2025.

You will need to contact the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9118 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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