ATS3347 - Minoans, Mycenaeans and Egypt - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Centre for Ancient Cultures


Dr Jessie Birkett-Rees

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit entails a study of the two major cultures of the pre-classical Aegean based primarily upon the archaeological record. The major Aegean sites will be examined, and the evidence for religious beliefs, economy and society in general will be reviewed. The interaction of the two groups will be examined and their contribution to later Greek culture assessed. As no contemporary historical documents are known from either culture the accounts in later literary tradition such as Homer will be examined in an effort to determine the reliability of their portrayal of each. A range of complementary data from ancient Egypt will be explored to examine the extent of Minoan and Mycenaean interaction with the Eastern Mediterranean.


Students successfully completing this unit will have:

  1. Acquired knowledge of two Bronze Age Aegean societies that had no written records other than basic inventories
  2. Acquired an understanding of the methods of archaeological interpretation used to reconstruct the nature of these societies and the difficulties inherent in such an endeavour
  3. Developed the ability to appraise critically archaeological reports and interpretations
  4. Developed the ability to understand how interpretation can be affected by the conditioning of the excavator/historian
  5. Developed an understanding of the major features of Minoan and Mycenaean societies and their interaction with each other
  6. Appraised the validity of using myth to aid the reconstruction on Minoan and Mycenaean societies and to recognise the ways in which later literary tradition was influenced by perceptions of these cultures and the achievements attributed to them
  7. Displayed enhanced skills in the formulation and development of an independent research project that includes the application of diverse methodologies.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.