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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Lifelong Learning (HCA)

Undergraduate Course: From Alexander to Cleopatra (LLLE07014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.

A survey of the Greek-speaking world between 356 BC (birth of Alexander the Great) and 30 BC (death of Cleopatra, the last of the Ptolemies). Specially focussed on the career and legacy of Alexander himself.
Course description Content of course
1. Introduction. The rise of Macedon in the 4th century BC. Graeco-Persian relations in the 5th and 4th centuries BC.
2. Alexander in Asia Minor.
3. Alexander in the Levant and Egypt.
4. Alexander in the Achaemenid heartland.
5. Alexander in the East. His posthumous reputation and significance.
6. The Seleucid dynasty.
7. Greece and Macedon after Alexander.
8. The Attalids of Pergamum.
9. The Ptolemies of Egypt.
10. Cleopatra.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
demonstrate a working knowledge of the period from the birth of Alexander to the death of Cleopatra in terms of individual figures and significant events;
evaluate and use various ancient source materials (in translation);
demonstrate an appreciation of how history is actually written from a particular viewpoint, and become more aware of the strengths and limitations of various sources.
Reading List
Essential
Bowman, A., 1986. Egypt after the Pharaohs. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Erskine, A. ed., 2005. A Companion to the Hellenistic World. Oxford: Blackwell.
Lane Fox, R., 1986. Alexander the Great. Hammondsworth: Penguin.
Green, P., 1990. Alexander to Actium. London: Thames and Hudson.
Shipley, G., 2000. The Greek World after Alexander (323-30 BC). London and New York: Routledge.
Worthington, I., 2003. Alexander the Great: A Reader. London and New York: Routledge.
Background reading
Green, P., 1991. Alexander of Macedon, 356 - 323 BC. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Walbank, F.W., 1981. The Hellenistic World. Glasgow: Fontana.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.
KeywordsZZoll
Contacts
Course organiserDr Sally Crumplin
Tel:
Email: Sally.Crumplin@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
Email: Sabine.Murdoch@ed.ac.uk
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