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AAH1020 - Ancient Civilisations 2

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Gillian Bowen


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


An overview of the cultures of the Mediterranean from the end of the Bronze Age to the triumph of Christianity. The major focus is upon the classical cultures: Greece and Macedon, Hellenism and Rome; also surveyed are Egypt, Iraq and Persia. Themes and source material as AAH1010.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. Acquired a basic knowledge of the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean which are studied and their contribution to western civilization.
  2. Developed an awareness of the different political, social, economic and religious systems which each of these cultures developed.
  3. An awareness of the cultural exchange which operated in the Mediterranean region.
  4. An awareness of the range of material - monuments, artefacts, texts - available for use in the reconstruction of ancient societies.
  5. An understanding of the basic methods of archaeology.
  6. Acquired basic training in the development of a critical appraisal of source material of all kinds.


Map assignment (15 minutes) : 10%
Two tutorial essays (1000 and 1500 words respectively) : 50%
Examination (2 hours) : 40%

Contact hours

3 hours (2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week