CL2EM-Early Macedon

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Aston


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module investigates the history and society of Macedon from the reign of Alexander I in the early fifth century BC to the death of Philip II in the fourth.

Alexander III of Macedon (‘The Great’) is arguably the single most famous conqueror of the ancient world. But where did he come from? What customs, traditions and inherited practices shaped him? In this module, students will look a fascinating and often-neglected northern Greek society, one which provides a very different social and political model from the city-states of the south, and in so doing create a fuller understanding of the ancient world in all its variety.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
•Identify and discuss the dominant features and customs of the Argead royal house in the Classical period.
•Demonstrate knowledge of key events and personalities of the time.
•Think critically about modern scholarly reactions to Macedonian culture.
•Examine the ancient evidence available and evaluate its limitations.
•Marshall relevant materials and articulate arguments effectively in writing.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the student's effectiveness in group situations. Students will also develop their IT skills by use of relevant web resources including bibliographies.

Outline content:
The focus of this module is on the royal dynasty of the Argeads who ruled Macedon throughout the Classical Period. There will be discussion of the most important rulers, especially Alexander I, Perdikkas II, Archelaos and Philip II. In addition, the following themes will be examined:

•The royal family and succession
•Material culture and art
•Ethnicity and identity
•Hunting and the symposium

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught in lectures and seminars; in addition, drop-in sessions will be run in the first half of term to advise students on designing their essay questions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 4
Guided independent study 86
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module is assessed as follows: • One commentary, of ca. 1,500 words, on a passage of ancient text, or on an ancient artefact, chosen by the student with guidance from the module convenor: this is due in at 12 noon on Friday in week 5 of term (30% of module mark). • One essay, of ca. 2,500 words, due in at 12 noon on the last Friday of the Spring term (70% of module mark).

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
• where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of coursework in August

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 21 September 2018


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