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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Hellenistic Court and Society (PGHC11182)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers an introduction to the key themes and approaches in the study of the Hellenistic world. The emphasis is on the evidence and the problems of interpretation.
Course description Alexander III of Macedon's conquest of the Persian empire initiated major changes in the eastern Mediterranean, bring the whole area under the control of Macedonian rulers. But it was not simply a change of ruler. Greeks arrived in their thousands to inhabit these newly-acquired territories, living in the new Greek cities founded by Alexander and his successors, centres of Greek culture in an alien land. These seminars explore key themes (such as monarchy, the polis, democracy, the court, ethnic identity, intellectual culture) through different types of evidence (epigraphy, papyrology, numismatics, historiography, literature).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. a detailed and critical command of the body of knowledge concerning the Hellenistic world
  2. an ability to analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship concerning the development and character of the Greek East after Alexander and relevant primary source materials (inscriptions, papyri, literature, archaeology)
  3. the ability to develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in oral and written form by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course
  4. originality and independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers; and a considerable degree of autonomy
Reading List
Austin, M. 2006. The Hellenistic World from Alexander to the Roman Conquest. 2nd ed. Cambridge

Bugh, G. (ed.) 2006. Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World. Cambridge

Erskine, A. 2003 (ed.) A Companion to the Hellenistic World. Oxford

Erskine, A. and Llewellyn-Jones. L. (eds) 2011. Creating a Hellenistic World, Swansea

Bulloch, A. W. etc. (ed.) 1993. Images and Ideologies: Self-definition in the Hellenistic World, 265-86

Ma, J. 2013. Statues and Cities. Honorific Portraits and Civic Identity in the Hellenistic World. Oxford

Martzavou, P. and Papazarkadas, N. 2013. The Epigraphy of the Post-Classical Polis. Oxford

McLean, B. H. 2002. Introduction to Greek epigraphy of the Hellenistic and Roman periods from Alexander the Great down to the reign of Constantine (323 B.C.-A.D. 337), Ann Arbor

Mørkholm, O. 1991. Early Hellenistic Coinage from the Accession of Alexander to the Peace of Apamaea (336-188 BC), Cambridge

Ogden, D. 2002. The Hellenistic World: New Perspectives. Swansea

Shipley, G. 2000. The Greek World After Alexander 323-30 BC. London

Walbank, F. and Astin, A. (eds), 1984. Cambridge Ancient History, 2nd ed., vol. 7.1: The Hellenistic World. Cambridge
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Andrew Erskine
Tel: (0131 6)50 3591
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)50 3782
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