• 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
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

The course investigates the ways in which the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome are depicted in film in order to suggest that these films illuminate such contemporary concerns as race relations, gender, religion and political power. Particular attention will be paid to major historical events, social and political movements (300, Spartacus), charismatic leaders, personalities and celebrity (Alexander, Cleopatra), and popular entertainment and spectacle (Troy, Gladiator).  The complexity of translating ancient literary works including tragedy (Iphighenia) and the novel (Satyricon) into the modern, visual medium of film foregrounds the ways in which the material of the ancient world must be adapted and reinterpreted.

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. Speak and write with authority on the films under study;
  2. Identify and critically assess the key concepts and themes raised by the depiction of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds in film;
  3. Use specific examples to explain key concepts and themes;
  4. Compare cultural experience of those in the ancient world with that of the modern world as represented by film.
  5. Analyse the composition of films using concepts and terms appropriate to film theory

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial presentation (10 mins) (10%) [Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4]
2,500 word essay (40%) [Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4]
2-hour final exam (40%) [Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4]
Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4]

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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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANCH2021.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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