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Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the Macedonian Empire - AHIS204

This course deals with Greek history from 359 to 323 BC (reigns of Philip II and Alexander the Great), as well as Alexander’s exploits in Asia and Athenian domestic & foreign policy. Alexander (r. 336-323 BC) is one of the best known figures from antiquity, and continues to find his way into more recent history as well as pop culture. But why was he 'great' and does he deserve that epithet? What did he achieve, how did he achieve it, and what did he owe to his father Philip? We will also study various controversies associated with Alexander, such as his pretensions to personal divinity, the 'unity of mankind' theory, and the historical vs. legendary Alexander, as well as consider his failings as a king, commander, and man, and his legacy compared to that of Philip.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

S1 Online - Session 1, Online

Staff Contact(s): Professor Ian Worthington

12cp at 100 level or above  Prerequisite Information


Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Ancient History

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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