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UNE unit code: ANCH307

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  • Yes
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  • No
Supervised exam
  • Yes
Credit points
  • 6

Unit information

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Alexander the Great is one of the most famous rulers in the history of mankind. Although his reign lasted only 13 years, his achievements had immense impact on the ancient world. Following his murdered father as king of Macedonia in 336 BC, he soon started a campaign during which he conquered the biggest empire of that time: the Persian realm spanning from western Anatolia to the borders of the Indian subcontinent. This unit explores the enigmatic person of Alexander, his Macedonian background, his Greek allies and enemies, the Persians and their empire and the famous battles Alexander fought against them. Attention will also be paid to the events after his sudden death in 323 BC culminating in the long struggles between his generals.
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Trimester 3Online

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Intensive schools

There are no intensive schools required for this unit.



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12cp of ANCH or any 24cp including 12cp at 300-level; or candidature in a postgraduate award

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ANCH407 or ANCH507


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Unit coordinator(s)

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Clemens KoehnSenior Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate broad and coherent understanding of the politics, society and culture of the Hellenistic World;
  2. independently research political and historical theories about the political, military and social policies of Alexander the Great, thereby demonstrating autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility as a learner;
  3. review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge about Alexander the Great and his world from both written and non-written primary and secondary sources;
  4. demonstrate a broad understanding of Alexander's Empire, and reflect critically on his significance and impact in world history;
  5. generate and critically evaluate ideas and concepts about political leadership, governance, society, culture, and history in the Hellenistic World, and especially about the political, social and legal institutions used to establish Alexander's regime; and
  6. construct and communicate a clear, coherent, evidence-based written argument dealing with theoretical propositions and conclusions about Alexander the Great and the Hellenstic World.

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