Undergraduate Course: Ancient Persia - The Achaemenid Dynasty (ANHI10016)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is a history of Iran during the Achaemenid period (559-330 BCE). It explores the political, social and cultural history of the Persian empire by investigating a wide range of sources drawn from Iran and the wider Empire.
Iran is one of the world's oldest societies, with a rich cultural heritage, but very few universities offer courses in ancient Persian history, so this is a unique opportunity to study the history of Iran during the Achaemenid period. The course will focus on Persian history of the period 559-330 BCE, a time when Iran ruled the biggest and empire the world had ever seen, occupying an area that stretched from Ethiopia to Afghanistan. The course will concentrate on the reigns of the Achaemenid monarchs (including Cyrus the Great, Darius the Great and Xerxes), examining their political, socio-cultural and military achievements and on life at court. Students will be required to evaluate Iranian, Near Eastern, Egyptian and Greek sources as evidence for the period. Other themes will include the language of the Persians, life in the provinces, women in Persian society, art and architecture, religion, and the use made of the Achaemenid period in more recent Iranian history. The course will of necessity engage with textual and visual materials. Students will be asked to engage with theoretical approaches to Near Eastern history such as Orientalism.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter(at least 2 of which should be in Ancient History) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||3,000 word essay (60%)
Creative Coursework (40%)
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|Allen, L. |
2005. The Persian Empire. London.
2002. From Cyrus to Alexander. A History of the Persian Empire. Winona Lake.
1996. Women in Ancient Persia (559-331 BC). Oxford.
1983. The Persian Empire. London.
2010. Writing Ancient Persia. London.
2007. The Persian Empire. A Corpus of Sources from the Achaemenid Period. London.
2009. ¿The First Persian Empire¿ in. T. Harrison, ed., Ancient Empires. London. 65-95.
2013. King and Court in Ancient Persia 559-331 BCE. Edinburgh.
1979. The King and Kingship in Achaemenid Art: Essays on the Creation of an Iconography of Empire. Leiden.
1996. Ancient Persia from 550 BC to 650 AD. London & New York.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled, contact must be made with a Classics Secretary on 50 3580 for approval to be obtained.
|Keywords||Ancient Persia / Achaemenid
|Course organiser||Dr Roel Konijnendijk
Tel: (0131 6)50 4620
|Course secretary||Miss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501