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Unit Overview


‘We are all Greeks', so said the poet Shelley. The rich, and occasionally contested, legacies of Ancient Greek and Roman civilisation can be seen around the world, even today, in literature, politics, philosophy, law, religion, art and architecture. Yet who were the Greeks and Romans? What did they achieve in peace and war? Moreover, what things can we learn about Greek and Roman culture from the literary and physical remains of these two ancient civilisations?

‘Glory and Grandeur' provides an introduction to the histories of Ancient Greece and Rome. It aims to impart knowledge about these ancient civilisations, looking at Greek and Roman politics, warfare, society and culture. It offers a structured program of lectures, which provide a narrative of Greek and Roman history, while also identifying and tracing the development of such major social and political aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman civilisations. A complementary series of tutorials and take-home assignments provide students with the opportunity to examine some of these topics in depth. The unit emphasises the collection, analysis and criticism of the ancient source material, and how this material may be used to reconstruct the histories of Greece and Rome. CLAN1002 forms the basis for further study in ancient history as well as providing a useful background for studies in archaeology, history, political science, and philosophy.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) identify, interpret and describe key events from the Greek and Roman periods; (2) demonstrate familiarity with the geography and environment of the Classical world; (3) identify, interpret and describe the development of seminal social and political aspects of the ancient world and the impact of these on the modern world; (4) identify, interpret, describe and evaluate different types of evidence that contribute to our understanding of the ancient world; (5) read, comprehend, analyse and critique the primary and secondary written sources; (6) research skillfully using print and electronic resources; (7) develop reasoning and analytical skills; and (8) demonstrate an ability to communicate understandings using appropriate scholarly conventions in both written and oral media..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) major essay; (2) tutorial performance; and (3) an end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lara O'Sullivan
Unit rules
CLAH1103 Glory and Grandeur
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
tutorials: 1 hour per week (for 8 weeks)
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.