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AHIS2210 – From Alexander the Great to Augustus: The Hellenistic Age

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Ian Worthington
Ray Laurence
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
40cp at 1000 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Alexander the Great's extraordinary conquests (towards the end of the fourth century BCE) opened up vast areas of the ancient Near-East to Greek influences. This unit deals with the political and cultural history of the eastern Mediterranean area, beginning with Alexander's invasion of the Persian Empire, dealing in some detail with his personality and policies. It follows the fortunes of his successors in the third and second centuries BCE, treating the Hellenisation of native peoples and reactions to cultural change, down to and including the early first century CE, under the Roman Empire. Consideration will also be given to the place of Alexander the Great as a historical figure in the modern world.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: illustrate a broad knowledge of historical developments in the Hellenistic Age and a broad understanding of the approach of historians to the study of the period.
  • ULO2: examine and critically evaluate historical evidence with initiative and judgement and illustrate competency through devising and sustaining arguments and solving problems with reference to the Hellenistic Age.
  • ULO3: appreciate the larger issues that engage historians of the Hellenistic Age and to understand connections between the ancient world and the modern, as well as the on-going significance of this period of the past within the modern world

General Assessment Information

1) Submit the written work via turnitin. The link to do so is on the iLearn site. Your essays must NOT exceed the maximum word limit of 1000 words; they should be typed, double-spaced, size 12 font, throughout. On a separate page at the end provide a bibliography listing all works consulted (the bibliography is NOT included in the word limit). The essay topics are given in the iLearn site where there are further details about them.

2) LATE PENALTY: Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.

3) IMPORTANT NOTE ON FINAL MARKS: Grading decisions for each assessment task will be moderated against the set criteria and standards before task results are released.

4) Do not plagiarise: plagiarism will not be tolerated; see 'MQ Academic Honesty': http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Essay 1: Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire 30% No Week 7
Essay 2: The Hellenistic Age 30% No Week 12
Take-home examination 40% No During Exam Period: final date to be determined

Essay 1: Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 14 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 30%

 

The essay of 1000 words (maximum) will focus on historical interpretation of an aspect of the reign of Alexander the Great and/or its historical consequences for the Hellenistic Age.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • illustrate a broad knowledge of historical developments in the Hellenistic Age and a broad understanding of the approach of historians to the study of the period.
  • examine and critically evaluate historical evidence with initiative and judgement and illustrate competency through devising and sustaining arguments and solving problems with reference to the Hellenistic Age.

Essay 2: The Hellenistic Age

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 13 hours
Due: Week 12
Weighting: 30%

 

This second essay will focus on an aspect of the Hellenistic Age

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • illustrate a broad knowledge of historical developments in the Hellenistic Age and a broad understanding of the approach of historians to the study of the period.
  • examine and critically evaluate historical evidence with initiative and judgement and illustrate competency through devising and sustaining arguments and solving problems with reference to the Hellenistic Age.
  • appreciate the larger issues that engage historians of the Hellenistic Age and to understand connections between the ancient world and the modern, as well as the on-going significance of this period of the past within the modern world

Take-home examination

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 27 hours
Due: During Exam Period: final date to be determined
Weighting: 40%

 

Students will demonstrate in the examination their broad knowledge of the Hellenistic Age and of the approaches to the History of this period by modern authors. A mandatory question will focus on source analysis. There will also be an opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding of the importance of this historical period for the modern world.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • illustrate a broad knowledge of historical developments in the Hellenistic Age and a broad understanding of the approach of historians to the study of the period.
  • examine and critically evaluate historical evidence with initiative and judgement and illustrate competency through devising and sustaining arguments and solving problems with reference to the Hellenistic Age.
  • appreciate the larger issues that engage historians of the Hellenistic Age and to understand connections between the ancient world and the modern, as well as the on-going significance of this period of the past within the modern world

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Schedule: All weekly lectures will be recorded. There will be face-to-face tutorials in most weeks for internal students and any external student able to attend them: see iLearn Syllabus for details. In addition, a 'definitive' tutorial will be recorded and posted after the tutorial in question.  

Method: AHIS2210 is delivered in blended mode as a Macquarie University unit of study.

Webpage: Online units can be accessed at: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au/

Technology used and skills required: PC and Internet access are required. Basic computer skills (e.g., internet browsing) and skills in word processing are also a requirement.

Please contact IT staff for any further, more specific, requirements, to do with technology.

Required and recommended resources

Required books:

Ian Worthington (ed.), Alexander the Great: A Reader2nd edition (Routledge: 2011): available at reduced cost if you order on this site:

https://www.routledge.com/Alexander-the-Great-A- Reader/Worthington/p/book/9780415667432

Prescribed text(s):

eReserve readings (see 'Unit Readings' in iLearn Syllabus for information)

Unit Schedule

eek 1: Macedonia and Greece before Philip II; Macedonian Society; Sources

Week 2: Philip II of Macedonia – A 'Great' King?

Week 3: Alexander’s Invasion of Persia (1)

Week 4: Alexander’s Invasion of Persia (2)

Week 5: Alexander, Central Asia, and Modern-era Warfare

Week 6: Alexander, India and Final Years: Leadership Skills and 'Greatness'

Week 7: The Wars of the Successors and the Hellenistic Kingdoms to 281

Week 8: Macedonia, Thrace, Galatia, Bithynia

Week 9: Pergamum, Rhodes

Week 10: Egypt. Cyprus, Cyrene

Week 11: The Seleucid Kingdom and its Successor States

Week 12: Rome's Macedonian Wars

Week 13: The Wash-up of the Hellenistic Age

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Changes from Previous Offering

This is a new unit formed by the marriage of two previous ones on Philip & Alexander the Great and on the Hellenistic Era.  The new unit covers the period from c. 360s-27 BCE.

All lectures are therefore new as are the assignments and many of the tutorials.

The weighting of the assignments has changed.

Changes since First Published

Date Description
20/05/2021 dept request change to wording of final marks note.