Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. understand the role that animals have played in shaping ancient societies
  2. appreciate the value of different forms of evidence (art, artefacts, texts) for analysing cultural history
  3. conduct independent research
  4. think independently and express their ideas clearly in online discussions.
    • What is an animal?
    • Representing animals in prehistory and the ancient Near East
    • Representing animals in the Classical world
    • Hunting practices
    • Domestication of species
    • Agriculture and animal husbandry
    • Animal exploitation
    • Animals in Egyptian religion
    • Animals in Greek religion
    • Animals in Roman religion
    • Entertainment
    • Warfare
    • Animals in philosophy and ethics
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-HST350


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as HST350 Animals in the Ancient World.

"This unit explores the essential yet often neglected role that animals played in ancient cultures of the ancient Mediterranean region - from mammals, birds, and reptiles to amphibians, fish and invertebrates. The topics to be covered range from the use of animals in agriculture, hunting, warfare and entertainment to their significance in religion, philosophy, symbolism and art. Through an assessment of artefacts, images and texts, your concept of the past will be challenged as we investigate the many ways in which both wild and domesticated species influenced the minds and behaviour of ancient peoples.

All enrolment queries should be directed to Open Universities Australia (OUA): see"

  • Essay (35%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Report (20%)
  • Review (25%)

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate MAQ-ART-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts

  • Major in Ancient History
  • Major in English
  • Major in Modern History
  • Major in Philosophy
  • Major in Politics
  • Major in Society and Culture
  • Major in Sociology
  • Major in Creative Writing