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

This course will begin with the Greek 'Dark Age' following the destruction of Mycenaean civilisation at the end of the 12th century BC, and examine the economic, artistic and intellectual flowering which culminated in the vastly influential culture of Classical Greece. Chronologically, the course will start around the 10th century BC, but focus mainly on the Archaic period from c. 750 to the Persian invasion of 480/79 BC. Topics to be covered will include urbanisation and the development of the polis, religious cult and sanctuaries, and developments in warfare, political ideas, art and literature, and philosophical thought. The Archaic period of Greek history is today an area of energetic debate. Historians, partly influenced by modern theories of memory, have challenged many comfortable views about the period by discounting much of the evidence 'preserved' in later writers. On the other hand, archaeological evidence continues to accumulate. In this course, students will read selections (in translation) from ancient authors such as Homer, early lyric poets, Hesiod and Herodotos, but will also make use of archaeological and artistic evidence from a number of key sites.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. speak with some authority on the periods of history under study;
  2. critically read ancient sources;
  3. make use of both written and archaeological evidence for early Greek history;
  4. engage critically with current debates on early Greek history; and
  5. construct and criticise arguments, and present material orally and in writing.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. In-class written exercises, 500 words (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Group presentation, 20 mins (10%) and written notes, 500 words (5%) (15) [LO 3,4,5]
  4. Essay 3000 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Examination, 3 hours, held during the examination period (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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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 ANCH2024

Prescribed Texts

Jonathan Hall, A History of the Archaic Greek World, ca. 1200—479 BCE (2nd ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). Others to be announced.

Assumed Knowledge

Previous study of Ancient History would be an advantage, but is not required.


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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3630
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
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