A study of the conquest of Persia by Alexander the Great, exploring in particular the military, political and social issues of his reign and campaigns.
Alexander the Great was one of the most influential generals in Western history, conquering vast portions of the Mediterranean world and beyond. Yet even now he remains an elusive figure: he was both a founder and a sacker of cities; he spread Greek culture but also adopted Persian customs and married a foreign princess; he was worshipped as a god but was also a victim of human vices; he was a remarkable general, yet led his men into a desert where they died by the thousands. This paper explores the achievements and paradoxes of this fascinating historical figure.
|Paper title||Alexander the Great|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
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- 18 CLAS, GREK or LATN points or 54 points
- CLAS 334
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Teaching staff
- Lecturer: Dr Pat Wheatley
- Arrian, Alexander the Great trans. M. Hammond (Oxford World's Classics 2013)Plutarch,
The Age of Alexander trans. I. Scott-Kilvert (Harmondsworth, Penguin 2011)
A.B. Bosworth, Conquest and Empire: The Reign of Alexander the Great (Cambridge University Press, 1988, paperback; repr. Canto 1993)
- Teaching Arrangements
- This paper consists of 2 lectures per week and one tutorial per fortnight
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, information literacy, critical thinking, self-motivation, teamwork, critical thinking, global perspective. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- To investigate the nature of ancient history and the methods and sub-disciplines used to analyse it
- To analyse and understand how Greek and Eastern cultures interacted when brought into confrontation by Alexander's expedition
- Suitable for all people interested in history, historiography, and ancient personalities.
- More information link
- This paper focuses on the study of the Ancient Texts which record Alexander's life and conquests, and examines the nature of the evidence we have, and how we can interpret it. View the Department of Classics website
- Teaching method
- This paper is taught On Campus
- Learning management system
|Weeks: 9-14,16-22||Wed : 15:00-15:50|
|Weeks: 9-14,16-17,19-22||Mon : 15:00-15:50|
|Weeks: 11,13,16,18,20,22||Thurs : 11:00-11:50
or Thurs : 14:00-14:50
or Thurs : 16:00-16:50