This course is taught on-site in Greece, and will be offered over the (Australian) summer. Students will travel to a number of important archaeological sites in Greece, with a particular focus on the regional history of Attica and central Greece. The course will examine the history of cities and settlement in the area over a long historical period, from the Bronze Age to the late Roman empire. A number of major archaeological sites will be visited, including Athens, Sounion, Corinth, Mycenae, Tiryns, Epidauros, Pylos, Olympia, Delphoi, and Vergina.
The course will consider topics such as: nature of and change in settlement patterns in the Bronze Age, Classical and Roman periods, with reference to security, communications, and agricultural potential; form and significance of major religious sanctuaries; and significance of sites from the Greek Bronze Age, especially as locations of mythological and imagined histories. The choice of areas to be studied will also allow comparison of different forms of political organization in the classical period: regions organized as a single polis (Attike), a collection of individual poleis (Boiotia, Argolid), and poleis organized as ethne (Phokis, areas in the Spercheios valley).
Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate.
Disclaimer: Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example, specific international security concerns and international health crises) it may not be possible for students to commence or complete this course. An alternative lesson plan will be arranged to fulfil the course requirements.
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:
- Evaluate the factors governing the siting of a Greek polis, and the relationship between the city and its hinterland.
- Demonstrate the ways by which physical landscape governed agriculture, travel, warfare, and other key aspects of ancient life.
- Elucidate the archaeology of urban sites in the classical world.
- Evaluate different forms of state formation and political structure in ancient Greece.
- Demonstrate the ways in which landscape and cultural memory are related.
Indicative Assessment20-minute Thematic group presentation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
5000-word essay (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
20-minute On-site group presentation (15%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Map Test (5%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 4]
6000-word reflective essay (35%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
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Workload260 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 140 hours of contact: 15 hours of lectures and 35 hours of tutorials and 90 hours of supervised fieldwork
b) 120 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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