Philip II and Alexander the Great

Course code AHIS3140Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Examines the origins and the early history of the Macedonian state, prior to an analysis of the reign of Philip II and his relations with the Greek states, down to his assassination and the accession of Alexander in 336 B.C. The course then examines Alexander's career as a general and statesman, the Persian and Indian campaigns, Alexander's personality, reputation and aspirations for godhead.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAs a result of participating in this course, students should develop:

1. A sound knowledge and understanding of Greek history from the mid-fourth century to the death of Alexander.

2. An understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the ancient historical traditions on Philip and Alexander.

3. Skills in the critical use and evaluation of ancient source material for gaining information, as well using modern studies in conjunction with the ancient sources.

4. An awareness of how a historical figure can be idealised and transformed according to the values and philosophies of a particular era.

5. The ability to express understanding and criticism of this and like topics in both written and oral form.
ContentThe country of Macedonia; its geography, resources and people

Macedonian history prior to the accession of Philip II

The Macedonian State; its institutions and army

The accession of Philip and the consolidation of his power

Macedonian expansion and imperialism

Macedonian archaeolgy and culture: the Vergina tombs

The ancient source traditions on Alexander

Alexander's military genius

Alexander as a statesman

The personality of Alexander
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units at any level in Ancient History or History
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo take-home assignments or equivalent tasks = 40% total, 500 words each. The 'take-home' assignment is a research and writing task that requires short answers to a series of set questions, which necessitate using ancient literary sources. The questions will also be reviewed in follow-up tutorials which will analyse in depth the issues raised.
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne source-based assignment = 30% 1,000 words
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne class test or equivalent task = 30% 2,000 words. This is an individual research and writing assignment on a choice of topics.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for .5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term