Philip II and Alexander the Great
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.
- Semester 2 - 2017
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
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
20 units at any level in Ancient History or History
Written Assignment: Two take-home assignments
Written Assignment: Source-based assignment
In Term Test: Class test