Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - 2 Short Papers (25%) , Assignment 2 - Major Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 798.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,048.00

This unit was previously known as HST225 Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age.

Alexander 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.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. have basic knowledge of the key events which occurred during Alexander's invasion and in the period of the Successor Kings
  2. have gained an understanding of the key cultural developments in the Successor Kingdoms from the Third Century BC to the First Century BC
  3. 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
  4. be able to critically analyse the literary, epigraphic and archaeological evidence for this period.
  • Assignment 1 — 2 Short Papers (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Major Essay (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (35%)
  • Online Discussion (10%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST225 — Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age

You must complete Level 1 studies in Ancient History before starting this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1In the footsteps of Alexander
2Alexander and the army; sources on Alexander's reign
3Alexander's motives; modern interpretations of Alex
4Coinage of Alex the Great; succession crisis
5Monarchy and religion ruler cult
6The Seleucid Kings; the Antigonids
7The Ptolemies; the Hellenisation process
8Seleucid Dura Europos
9Hellenistic philosophy and political protest
10Potters Oracle and Egyptian resistance to Ptolemaic rule
11Anti-Hellenic reaction in Palestine
12Rise of Parthian Empire and the Hellenistic world
13Hellenistic religion

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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