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.
Not currently offered.
This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2019.
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.
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.
20 units at any level in Ancient History or History
Quiz: Two quizzes (30%)
Quiz: Source-based analysis task (30%)
Essay: Major Essay (40%)