From Alexander the Great to Augustus: The Hellenistic Age
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- illustrate a broad knowledge of the historical developments in the Hellenistic Age and a broad understanding of how historians have approached this period.
- examine and critically evaluate historical evidence with initiative and judgement and illustrate competency through devising and sustaining arguments and problem solving with respect to the Hellenistic Age.
- appreciate the larger issues that engage historians of Hellenistic Age and to understand connections between the ancient world and the modern, as well as the on-going significance of this period of the past in the modern world.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
NCCW (pre-2020 units): AHIS204 Pre-requisite: 40cp at 1000 level or above NCCW (2020 and onwards): AHIS2210 From Alexander the Great to Augustus: The Hellenistic Age
No special requirements
Alexander the Great's extraordinary conquests (towards the end of the fourth century BCE) opened up vast areas of the ancient Near-East to Greek influences. This unit deals with the political and cultural history of the eastern Mediterranean area, beginning with Alexander's invasion of the Persian Empire, dealing in some detail with his personality and policies. It follows the fortunes of his successors in the third and second centuries BCE, treating the Hellenisation of native peoples and reactions to cultural change, down to and including the early first century CE, under the Roman Empire. Consideration will also be given to the place of Alexander the Great as a historical figure in the modern world.
- Take Home Examination (40%)
- Essay 1; Alexander the Great and the Macdedonian Empire (30%)
- Essay 2: the Hellenistic Age (30%)
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