Alexander the Great to Cleopatra: The Hellenistic Age
Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great as he marched through history. Start at his invasion of the Persian Empire and end with his successors heralding the Roman Empire. Examine the cultural history of the eastern Mediterranean as you go.
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At the completion of this subject students will:
demonstrate awareness of a variety of ancient text types and other ancient sources relevant to the aftermath of the career of Alexander the Great, and the political, social and cultural history of the subsequent Hellenistic period.
2.demonstrate an awareness of the differing kinds of ancient evidence (including textual, epigraphic, numismatic and archaeological evidence) and appropriate methods for dealing with them.
3.contextualise particular ancient documents and other sources of information within their wider cultural environment.
4.demonstrate a comprehension of ancient world-views and cultural concepts
5.express an awareness of the complexity of ancient accounts of past events and experiences
6. conduct independent research on a chosen topic
7. engage with and respond critically to a variety of scholarly opinions
8. formulate an independent view in dialogue with both ancient evidence and modern interpretations
- In the footsteps of Alexander
- Alexander and the army; sources on Alexander's reign
- Alexander's motives; modern interpretations of Alex
- Coinage of Alex the Great; succession crisis
- Monarchy and religion ruler cult
- The Seleucid Kings; the Antigonids
- The Ptolemies; the Hellenisation process
- Seleucid Dura Europos
- Hellenistic philosophy and political protest
- Potters Oracle and Egyptian resistance to Ptolemaic rule
- Anti-Hellenic reaction in Palestine
- Rise of Parthian Empire and the Hellenistic world
- Hellenistic religion
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must complete Level 1 and 2 studies in Ancient History before starting this subject.
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as AHIX241 Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age and AHIX341 The Hellenistic Age.
- Major Essay (35%)
- Short papaer (20%)
- Online exam (30%)
- Participatory task (15%)
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