Hellenistic Culture and Society - History (CLAM102)
|Staff||Dr Emma Nicholson - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
The module aims to provide a framework for critical discussion of major historical and cultural themes in the post-Classical period, extending from Alexander the Great to a Hellenistic World under Roman dominance.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Understand and appreciate the qualities of our written and material evidence for the Hellenistic and Romano-Greek worlds.
- 2. Analyse literary and documentary evidence, and to use them in effective combination as a tool of historical analysis and reconstruction.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Collate and analyse widely different types of evidence, much of which is incomplete and ambiguous in its significance
- 4. Draw independent inferences about the relationship of myth to its cultural and historical context;
- 5. Reflect critically on the origins, development and significance of traditional stories in one's own and another culture.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Apply key bibliographical skills, the latest forms of information retrieval, as well as word-processing skills.
- 7. Think autonomously and analytically on the basis of written and visual sources and secondary literature; to construct and defend a sustained argument (both in written form and orally)
- 8. Work with instructor and peers in an independent, constructive and responsive way
The course’s aim is to delve into detailed case-studies and thus to explore this vibrant and changing period in as many of its different facets as possible. Some topics might include life in and between Hellenistic cities, the interaction between rulers and communities, local experiences in regions with strong indigenous cultures and recent transformations due to the political changes, as well the impact of the coming of Rome.
These thematic weeks will be interwoven with weeks which focus on specific reading skills, ranging from an introduction to and study of epigraphic and numismatic evidence, literary sources and material culture.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning & teaching activities||15||Intensive seminar and reading group teaching|
|Guided independent study||135||Students working independently & in groups in preparation for seminars and essays|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||80||4000 words||1-8||mark; written and oral comment|
|Oral Presentation||20||15-20 mins||1-5, 7-8||mark; written and oral comment|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Presentation||Essay||1-5, 7-8||Refer/defer period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
M. M. Austin, The Hellenistic World from Alexander to the Roman Conquest [sources in translation], second ed, 2006 [The first 1981 edition is excellent, however, since the numbering for the enlarged second edition was changed you really should work with the 2006 texts; there is also a useful concordance at the back of the volume]
G. R. Bugh, the Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World, 2006.
A. Erskine (ed.) Blackwell Companion to the Hellenistic World, 2003.
E.S. Gruen, The Hellenistic Kingdoms and the Coming of Rome (Berkeley, 1984).
J. Ma, Antiochos III and the cities of Western Asia Minor, 1999 [there is an addendum in the 2002 paperback edition]
M.I. Rostovtzeff, Social and Economic History of the Hellenistic world (Oxford, 1941).
G. Shipley, The Greek World after Alexander 323-30 BC, 2000.
R.J. A. Talbert, the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman world (Princeton, 2000).
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Hellenistic, Rulers, Communities