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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Alexander the Great
    Subject Classical Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    (18 CLAS, GREK or LATN points) or 54 points
    CLAS 334
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Suitable for all people interested in history, historiography and ancient personalities.

    Teaching staff

    Lecturer: to be confirmed

    Paper Structure


    Teaching Arrangements
    This paper consists of two lectures per week and one tutorial per fortnight.

    A selection of primary source and secondary source readings will be made available through Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork, critical thinking.
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    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


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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