The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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 offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

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

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

3. deploy 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. understand how a historical figure can be idealised and transformed according to the values and philosophies of a particular era.

5. 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 archaeology 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