• 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Greta Hawes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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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.

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. Demonstrate familiarity with an important body of written and material evidence for the history of classical Greece and Rome.
  2. 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.
  3. Demonstrate competency in handling difficult, tendentious, and fragmentary evidence, and skills in close reading and analysis.
  4. Demonstrate capacities for working in groups and presenting material, ideas and arguments orally.
  5. Demonstrate capacities in analytical, argumentative and descriptive writing.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial 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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Workload

130 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

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of Ancient History (ANCH) or Classics (CLAS) or History (HIST) Courses. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course. Incompatible with ANCH6501

Prescribed Texts

Please check on Wattle or with the Course Convenor.

Preliminary Reading

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)

Majors

Minors

Fees

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

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Student Contribution Band:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4114 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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