CL3AA-Anatolia and the Aegean in the Late Bronze Age. The Context for the Trojan War

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Ian Rutherford


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the civilisations of Crete, Greece and Anatolia in the Late Bronze Age (1500-1150BC), and the political and cultural interactions taking place in Western Turkey in this period that form the background to the “Trojan War”.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
•Understand the history and the political and religious structures of the culture Aegean and Anatolia in the Late Bronze Age
•Appraise critically the sources and interpretations of these cultures;
•Locate and assess the secondary literature relevant to these civilisations
•Assess the issue of the historicity of the later Greek traditions about the Late Bronze Age

Additional outcomes:
The module aims to encourage the development of skills in written communication and in oral communication to other members of a group

Outline content:
The sessions will cover the material culture by culture (Anatolia, Minoan, Mycenaean), culminating in the issues of the Trojan War, and the end of the Bronze Age.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will be taught by lecture and seminar.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Seminars 2
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Written assignment 1, a selection of commentaries, is due at 12 noon on the last day of the 7th week of term. Written assignment 2, an essay of about 2,500 words, is due in by 12 noon on the last day of term. ??

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Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission in August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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