Philip II and Alexander the Great

Course code AHIS3140
Not available in 2016


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 currently available.

Learning Outcomes

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.


The 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

Assumed Knowledge

20 units at any level in Ancient History or History

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Two take-home assignments

Written Assignment: Source-based assignment

In Term Test: Class test

Contact Hours