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Subject details

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

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

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web 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-HST804

Special requirements

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Theocritus wrote:
'… there's no country so fruitful as the low-country of Egypt when Nile comes gushing up to soak the soil and break it, nor no country, neither, possessed of so many cities of men learned in labour … and in them the lord and master of all is proud Ptolemy.'
In this unit this powerful empire is studied. Its kings, fifteen of them, all had the name of Ptolemy.
In their capital city of Alexandria, founded by and named after Alexander the Great, the kings of the Ptolemy family built the Museum and Library which made their empire the beating heart of the Greek intellectual world. Theirs was the longest-lasting of the successor kingdoms which took over the lands conquered by Alexander, lasting until Octavian (later known as Caesar Augustus) defeated Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony in a sea-battle at Actium in 31 BC.

  • Contribution to online discuss (10%)
  • Major essay 2 (2000 words) (20%)
  • Major essay 1 (2000 words) (20%)
  • Minor essay (1000 words) (10%)
  • Take-home exam (2500 words) (40%)

Textbook information is pending.

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