• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course is taught on-site in Italy, and will be offered over the (Australian) summer.  Students will travel to a number of important archaeological sites on the Italian peninsula and in Sicily.  The course will focus on the entry into this region of three major foreign cultures - Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans - and the subsequent history of contact, conflict and acculturation between locals and outsiders and between the three dominant groups.  A number of major archaeological sites will be visited, including Naples and surrounding area (including Pompeii and Herculaneum), Poseidonia/Paestum, Taras/Tarentum, Metapontion, Sybaris, Kroton/Thourioi, Rhegion, Zankle/Messana, Syracuse, Gela, Akragas/Agrigentum, Segesta, Selinous, Himera, Motya, etc.  The course will also visit key sites associated with the later history of the region.

The course will consider topics such as: the nature of Greek and Phoenician colonisation and its effects on local inhabitants; Magna Graecia as a distinctive contributor to Greek culture; warfare between Greeks and Carthaginians, between Greek cities, between Romans and Carthaginians, and between Romans and Greeks; economic exploitation by Greeks and Romans; and the archaeological history of the region.

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.

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. Recall significant events in the ancient history of southern Italy and Sicily
  2. Distinguish significant elements in the layout of an ancient city
  3. Relate a site on the ground to maps and other written material about the site; and in broad terms interpret the evidence of an archaeological site
  4. Evaluate the evidence of material in museums as it relates to the history and culture of specific areas
  5. Demonstrate relationships between topography, siting of settlements, patterns of agricultural exploitation, transport systems, and military campaigns
  6. Elucidate relationships between landscape, human settlement, and cultural memory

Other Information

How to enrol into a course offered in a non-standard session (Summer Session, Autumn Session, Winter Session, Spring Session):

  1. Complete an Enrolment Variation Form available on the following website: http://students.anu.edu.au/manage/vary.php.   
  2. You must include the Course Code, Class number and Semester/Session.
  3. If the course requires Convenor approval (Departmental consent), the Lecturer section must be signed by the appropriate Course Convenor prior to submitting the Form.
  4. Submit the Form in person to the CASS Student Office located in the Beryl Rawson Building 13, Ellery Crescent or online to students.cass@anu.edu.au.
  5. Please allow up to 3 weeks for processing, and submit your request as early as possible prior to the commencement of the relevant session.
  6. You are advised to check ISIS for the outcome of your request after this period.
  7. Please take note of the Overload Policy which may apply if you are enrolling in a non-standard session.

If you have questions, please contacts the CASS Student Office at students.cass@anu.edu.au.

Indicative Assessment

20-minute Thematic group presentation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
2500-word essay (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
20-minute On-site group presentation (15%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Map Test (5%) [Learning Outcomes 3, 4]
4000-word reflective essay [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 140 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANCH6101.

Prescribed Texts

Selected articles and book chapters will be provided, relating to key issues and individual sites.



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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $6360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $9780
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