Egypt: Alexander to Augustus - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - Minor essay (1000 words) (10%) , Essay 2 - Major essay 1 (2000 words) (20%) - Learn more

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Domestic 2,317.00
International 2,567.00

This unit was previously known as AHIX821 Ptolemaic Egypt from Alexander the Great to Augustus.

This unit centres on the Ptolemaic kingdom in Egypt, 323 to 31 BC. Background will be filled in about Egypt in the fourth century BC under Indigenous rule, followed by the Persian takeover of Egypt in 343, and then Alexander the Great's conquest of Egypt will be dealt with briefly. The formation and administration of the Ptolemaic state by Ptolemy I Soter (satrap 323-305, king 305-282) and his descendants down to Cleopatra VII (queen 51-31 BC) will form the main material of the unit. Issues examined will include: Egyptians and Greeks; Greek life in Egypt; Egypt and the Hellenistic world; Egypt and the growth of Roman power.

At the completion of this unit students will be able:

  1. uncover and assimilate information in a context appropriate to postgraduate study
  2. demonstrate understanding orally and in writing, by deduction and argumentation
  3. develop and apply techniques of understanding ancient sources of differing kinds
  4. relate understanding of the ancient world to broad conceptual frameworks and modern contexts
  5. show in writing critical understanding of factual questions and judgements of likelihood and value
  6. demonstrate in writing ability to reason persuasively from a question to a provisional answer, citing relevant evidence
  7. treat information in an ethical manner.
  • Essay 1 — Minor essay (1000 words) (10%)
  • Essay 2 — Major essay 1 (2000 words) (20%)
  • Essay 3 — Major essay 2 (2000 words) (20%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Take-home exam (2500 words) (40%)
  • Online Discussion — Contribution to online discuss (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:

  • HST804 — Ptolemaic Egypt from Alexander the Great to Augustus

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Egypt and the Mediterranean world
2New kingdoms in the post-Alexander generation
3In Athens you can go half way; in Alexandria you can go all the way
4City and country in Egypt
5Egypt, the Holy Land and Syria
6The princesses and courtesans of Egypt and Syria
7Greek, Jews and Egyptians fight side by side for Egypt and King Ptolemy
8The sacred canopy and the temple gateways
9Threats to Ptolemaic power
10Waste paper city
11A view from below
12Egypt: Rome's worst client state?

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

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This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Last Pharaohs


    ISBN: 9780691156385


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • History Of The Ptolemaic Empire


    ISBN: 9780415234894


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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