War in the Ancient World
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 1|
Previously offered in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005
This course will examine, by means of case studies, a number of aspects of the prosecution of war in the ancient world. The course will consider the attitudes, roles and actions of the warring parties, and the impact warfare has on combatants and non-combatants alike. Where nations are involved in prosecuting war, the course will also consider the reasons for the outbreak of warfare, and it will consider the nature of the societies participating in such conflict.
On completion of this course students will:
1. be familiar with and able to analyse texts relevant to ancient warfare
2. be able to compare and contrast relevant texts for accuracy and credibility and to appreciate and express the limits of ancient evidence
3. have assimilated the terminology of the discipline
4. have investigated the periods of history and major events under consideration, as well as major political and military figures
5. have evaluated, investigated and written about military problems in ancient history
6. understand the place of warfare in different societies
Content includes: the methods of war of the society, state or city and the benefits accruing from war (e.g. booty, indemnity, territorial acquisition); the structure of the army, with attention to the commander; logistical considerations of the army and campaigning - supplies and movements, weaponry, training in tactics, morale; strategies employed by warring generals, including aggressive warfare, sieges of towns, use of terror and psychology; battle tactics based on reconstructions of important battles; depiction and treatment of the enemy as combatants, hostages, prisoners (slavery, torture, execution); treatment of non-combatants (brutalising, rape, slavery, execution).
This course does not replace an existing course or courses.
No assumed knowledge
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term