The Hellenistic Age - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 809.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,059.00
This unit was previously known as AHIX241 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 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 (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:

You must complete Level 1 and 2 studies in Ancient History before starting this unit.

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

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