Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age
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DescriptionAlexander the Great's extraordinary conquests towards the end of the fourth century BC opened up vast areas of the ancient Near East to Greek influences. This unit deals with the cultural history of the eastern Mediterranean area, beginning with Alexander's invasion of the Persian Empire. It follows the fortunes of his successors in the third and second centuries BC, treating the Hellenisation of native peoples and reactions to cultural change, down to and including the early first century AD and the emergence of the Roman Empire.
- Assignment 1 (10%)
- Assignment 2 (10%)
- Essay (40%)
- Non-Invigilated Exam (30%)
- Online Discussion (10%)
On completion of this unit, you should have basic knowledge of the key events which occurred during Alexander's invasion and in the period of the Successor Kings. You will have gained an understanding of the key cultural developments in the Successor Kingdoms from the Third Century BC to the First Century BC. You will have also gained an understanding of the impact of the emerging Roman Empire in the eastern Mediterranean and in turn the effects that these eastern imperial acquisitions had on Roman culture. You will also be able to critically analyse the literary, epigraphic and archaeological evidence for this period.
This unit addresses the following topics.
|1||In the footsteps of Alexander|
|2||Alexander and the Army; Sources on Alexanders reign|
|3||Alexanders motives; Modern interpretations of Alex|
|4||Coinage of Alex the Great; Succession crisis|
|5||Monarchy and religion ruler cult|
|6||The Seleucid Kings; The Antigonids|
|7||The Ptolemies; The Hellenisation Process|
|8||Seleucid Dura Europos|
|9||Hellenistic philosophy and political protest|
|10||Potters Oracle & Egyptian resistance to Ptolemaic rule|
|11||Anti-Hellenic Reaction in Palestine|
|12||Rise of Parthian Empire & the Hellenistic World|
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