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Postgraduate | MAQ-AHIX8213-2023

Egypt: Alexander to Augustus

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Entry requirements

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18 weeks

Start dates

  • 20 Feb 2023

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About this subject

What you'll learn

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to

  1. Apply 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. Create texts which reason persuasively from a historical question to a provisional answer, citing relevant evidence.
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
  • 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.

    • Major essay (40%)
    • Minor essay (20%)
    • Summaries (40%)
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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • MAQ-HIS-MAS-2023 - Master of Ancient History


NCCW (pre-2020 units) HST804, AHPG821, AHIX821

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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Master of Ancient History