CLAN3010 Greece Without Borders: The Hellenistic World

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
The campaigns of Alexander the Great saw a profound acceleration of the diffusion of Greek culture across a vast swathe of territory, and prompted the emergence, from Egypt to India, of new, hybrid cultures. These new cultures were located within innovative political entities, the Hellenistic kingdoms, and shaped by highly successful dynasties such as the Seleucids and Ptolemies. Mirroring the evolution of these kingdoms in the east was the rise of Rome in the west. This unit explores this dynamic Hellenistic period (323-31 BCE) and the cultural artefacts — from art and architecture to literature — that it produced; it explores also the fluid, and often violent, interactions between these divergent power-blocks, and does so through engagement with the complex and often fragmentary ancient evidence from the period itself.
Students are able to (1) describe and interpret the major events and cultural features of the Hellenistic period; (2) evaluate and synthesise different types of ancient evidence that contribute to our understanding of the Hellenistic period and its cultures; (3) critically evaluate the modern scholarship on the Hellenistic period; (4) conduct research in the field of Hellenistic history; and (5) articulate, in written and oral forms, understandings of the Hellenistic world..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) sources paper; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lara O'Sullivan
Unit rules
Any level 2 CLAN unit
Contact hours
Lecture x 1 hr per week; Tutorial x 2 hrs per week (up to 3 hours per week)
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