Faculty of Arts

Monash University

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitArchaeology and Ancient History
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Gillian Bowen


Previously coded AAH4100


This unit examines a variety of methodological approaches to studying the ancient classical world: Greece, the Hellenistic kingdoms and Rome. Categories of data studied include: historiography, numismatic, epigraphic, papyrological, and material remains. The unit is organised around a series of case studies; these include aspects of Athens under Peisistratos, Alexander the Great's death and burial, and Christians in Rome under Nero.


On completion of this unit students will be expected to:

  1. Have an understanding of the variety of data available for accessing the ancient classical world
  2. Have developed a sound approach to a using a wide range of methodologies in researching the ancient past
  3. Have an understanding of the different historiographic approaches of the authors of the three cultures studied
  4. Have well-developed textual analysis skills for each of the cultures studied
  5. Demonstrate an ability to use coins, inscriptions, papyri and objects to reconstruct aspects of, or events in, the past
  6. Have developed good presentation skills
  7. Demonstrate an ability to use a variety of source material to produce a sustained piece of written work.


Written work: 70%
Oral and written presentation: 20%
Seminar/workshop participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One one-hour lecture and one one-hour seminar/workshop per week for 12 weeks.


A major sequence in Archaeology and Ancient History