• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Classics
  • Areas of interest Art History, Classics and Ancient History, European Languages, History, Literature

This first-year course will offer a strong grounding in the history, politics, art and literature of Ancient Greece in the period from the Bronze Age to the rise of Macedon. Students will familiarise themselves with the better-known conflicts of the period such as the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars, alongside the lesser-known bookends: archaic tyrants on one side, and the turbulent fourth-century BCE on the other. Students will appreciate the cultural products of this rich intellectual epoch from theatre, art and philosophy, to mathematics, engineering, and science. Elite perspectives and experiences will be put against those of women and enslaved agents; the stories of Athens and Sparta against other Greek city-states. Finally, students will learn about and question the legacy of the Classical World both short-term in the Roman Imperial period, as well as longer-term from the Renaissance through to the 21st century.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. evaluate the historical value of ancient sources;
  2. research and write about ancient Greece;
  3. construct and criticise arguments;
  4. effectively present material orally, and in writing; and
  5. think critically about the complicated legacy of Ancient Greece in the modern world, including contemporary Australia.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Source analysis (500 words) (15) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,3,4]
  3. Research Essay (2000 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Final Examination (2 hours) (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: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials

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 previously completed ANCH1013 or ANCH6103.

Prescribed Texts

To be made available through the Library and/or on Wattle.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8442 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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