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Semester 1

After Alexander (ANHI10056)

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Ancient History





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Visiting students must have previously taken at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Ancient History) at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the academic pre-requisites does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year Ancient History courses are very popular and have strict visiting student quotas, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

Alexander's conquest of the Persian Empire was an extraordinary achievement, bringing under Macedonian control territory as far east as Afghanistan, but what happened next? This course focuses on the world Alexander created but did not live to see; historians call it the 'Hellenistic World'.

Course Description

A series of wars between Alexander's generals divided Alexander's empire into three powerful kingdoms, based in Macedon, Syria, and Egypt. The former subjects of Persia now found themselves ruled by Greco-Macedonian kings. But it was not simply a change of ruler. Greeks arrived in their thousands to inhabit these newly-acquired territories, living in the new Greek cities founded by Alexander and his successors, centres of Greek culture in an alien land. In exploring the Hellenistic World we will be concentrating especially on the years from the death of Alexander down to the end of the third century and ranging over the whole eastern Mediterranean. The course would be expected to cover some or all of the following themes: 1. Alexander and his legacy; 2.The Successors; 3. The Ptolemies and Egypt; 4. The Seleucids and Asia; 5. Macedon and Greece; 6. Kings and ruler cult; 7. Cities (esp. Alexandria); 8. Celtic invasions; 9. Ethnicity; 10. Women and Families; 11. Literature and Patronage; 12. Art and Power; 13. Philosophical Schools. The course is informed by the course organiser's own research on the Hellenistic world and fits well with 'The Greek World and Rome'.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 60%, Coursework 40%, Practical Exam 0%

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