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CLU44557 After Alexander: Hellenistic Athens from Macedon to Rome

This module examines how Athens responded to its decline in power in the early Hellenistic period, from its defeat by Macedon in 338 to its final liberation in 229 BC. Drawing on literary, epigraphic, numismatic, and archaeological sources, this module will examine the growth of factionalism and the tension between democracy and oligarchy, international relations, political philosophy, and literary and cultural productivity. Athens was no more a major military or political power, but it remained a leading cultural centre.
  • Module Organisers:
    • Dr Shane Wallace & Dr Davide Amendola
  • Duration:
    • Semester 2
  • Contact Hours:
    • 22 (one 2-hr seminar per week)
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 50% coursework (one written assignment), 50% written examination
  • Course Open To:
    • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology; TJH Classical Languages; TJH Ancient History and Archaeology and Classical Civilisation (subject to Departmental approval); Visiting

Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Observe and discuss the sources, literary and non-literary, for early Hellenistic Athens
  • Examine, engage with, and integrate different types of source material
  • Critically evaluate the strength and weaknesses of our sources and analyse them in their context
  • Understand the inter-cultural dynamics of the Hellenistic period
  • Develop the skills necessary for studying ancient history