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Unit Overview


This unit covers in depth the major political, social and military issues of the reign of Alexander the Great and its aftermath. It assesses the justification for and conduct of his campaign against Persia, explores his interaction with the conquered peoples of the Persian Empire, and traces the forging of a new Greco-Macedonian empire (for which the experience of Athens is used as a test case). It engages further with the major cultural issues raised by Alexander's reign, notably the emergence of ruler-worship. Sources are studied in translation, and historiographical issues are tackled in depth. Such study of Alexander, a monarch whose militarism brought Greece and Persia into an unprecedented level of contact and whose empire would bring about the Hellenic enculturation of the Near East, offers an ancient perspective on some very modern dynamics of ethnic tensions and cultural imperialism.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) describe and evaluate the major events and trends in the reign of Alexander the Great; (2) demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of the historical sources for the period; and (3) demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of the modern scholarship on the period, and an ability to apply the conventions of the discipline within their own writing.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) source analysis; (2) essay; and (3) tutorial contribution. 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
any Level 2 CLAN unit
CLAH2212 Age of Alexander the Great
Contact hours
lectures: 10 x 2 hours
tutorials: 8 x 1 hour
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