• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Ancient History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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:

  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; and
  5. demonstrate capacities in analytical, argumentative and descriptive writing.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. In-class exercises (10) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. 20-minute Group presentation and written notes, 1000 words (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Essay, 3,000 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  5. Examination, 3 hours, during the examination period (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed ANCH2015

Prescribed Texts

None

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)

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

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

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