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AN1001 Greek History to Alexander the Great

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 7
Planned timetable:11.00 am

This module provides a broad survey of ancient Greek History from the Archaic period (c. 800 BC) to the reign of Alexander the Great, and looks at the political development of Athens and Sparta, the impact of the Athenian Empire, and Greek culture in its heyday. Alexander's conquest of the east and his fascinating personality are studied in detail. All sources are read in translation. The module will give a solid background in Greek History, and will touch on wider issues of the nature of democracy and political power, Mediterranean anthropology, and the image of the Greeks that has been invented by modern scholars.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for all Ancient History Degrees.

Optional for all Classical Studies Degrees, History

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:33 lectures and 6 tutorials across the semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 39
  • Guided independent study: 161

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof T Harrison
Module teaching staff:Team taught