The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code

AHIS3140

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

Alexander the Great and his father, Philip II are two of the most significant personages from the Ancient World. We will examine 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 investigates Alexander's career as a general and statesman, the Persian and Indian campaigns, Alexander's personality, reputation and aspirations for godhead.


Availability

Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2019.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Analyse a significant episode critiquing available ancient sources.

2. Investigate appropriate terminology for the study of Macedonian history.

3. Compare differing versions, ancient and modern, of major events in the period of Philip and Alexander.

4. Combine techniques from initial assignments to analyse and construct arguments related to the period of Philip and Alexander.


Content

We will investigate Philip’s accession and Macedonian conquest. The course also examines Alexander's accession, his genius as a general and statesman, and his intriguing personality.


Assumed knowledge

20 units at any level in Ancient History or History


Assessment items

Quiz: Two quizzes (30%)

Quiz: Source-based analysis task (30%)

Essay: Major Essay (40%)