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AN4428 Eight Scenes from the Life of Alexander

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Thu.

The narrative of Alexander's campaigns is a uniquely difficult one for historians to handle. The main accounts on which we depend (Arrian, Plutarch, Diodorus) are in most cases written hundreds of years after Alexander's lifetime, and are profoundly influenced by the different environment in which they were written. The earlier sources on which these accounts depend are similarly problematic: responding to earlier accounts of the Persian empire, and reflecting a complex debate on Alexander's strengths and weaknesses. This module attempts to address these historiographical difficulties through the close analysis of eight 'scenes' in Alexander's life, each chosen for the richness of the images that they contain.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all Ancient History Degrees, all Ancient History & Archaeology, Classical Studies, Classics, Greek and Latin (Single and Joint, but excluding Three subject) Degrees, History.

UG Pre-requisite(s):As stated in the School of Classics Undergraduate Handbook
UG Anti-requisite(s):AN4136

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 40%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 60%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


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