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The below syllabus is for 2022/23. The 2023/24 syllabus will have some changes, but will look quite similar.

Module Convenor: Dr Conor P. Trainor (

Contributing Lecturers: Dr C. Trainor; Dr C. Rowan; Prof. J. Davidson; C. Orchard; C. Lualdi; Prof. S. Frey-Kupper; M. Marai; Prof. Z. Newby; Prof. D. Fearn.

Lectures and Seminars

Autumn Term 2022

Week 1 Introduction: Sources/Context & Storytelling (CT/CR)

Week 2 Alexander (CT)

Week 3 After Alexander: Settlements and Kingdoms (CT)  

Week 4 Ptolemaic Egypt (CT)  

Week 5 Seminar 1 – Digital Storytelling (CR – R0.41)

Week 6 Reading Week

Week 7 Seminar 2 – Digital Storytelling (CR – R0.41)

Week 8 Seleucid Asia (CT)

Week 9 Antigonid Greece (CT)

Week 10 Attalid Pergamon (CT)


Spring Term 2023

Week 1 Hellenistic Sicily (SFK)

Week 2 Hellenistic Magic (JD)

Week 3 Lecture (1hr) and Seminar 3 – Hellenistic Coinage (CO – FAB 1.11)

Week 4 Hellenistic Religion (CT)

Week 5 Lecture (1hr) and Seminar 4 – Hellenistic Warfare and Fake Images (CL – FAB 1.11)

Week 6 Reading Week

Week 7 Hellenistic Art (ZN) 

Week 8 Hellenistic Science (MM)

Week 9 From Epic to Epigram (DF)

Week 10 Hellenistic Kingship (CT) 


Summer Term 2023

Week 1 The Hellenistic World Review (CT)

Week 2 Exam Preparation (CT)




  • To provide a survey of the history, the cultural context and key remains of the Hellenistic world.
  • To build a solid chronological, geographical, and conceptual framework for understanding the Hellenistic world.
  • To introduce students to the range of ancient source material and scholarly opinions on the Hellenistic world.
  • To foster critical thinking and analysis of a variety of types of source material.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of the module, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the chronology, geography and institutional structures of the Hellenistic world.
  • Demonstrate skills in the evaluation of primary source material and secondary literature.
  • Individually, and as a member of a team, research, analyse and contextualise relevant information and evidence from primary and secondary sources in the form of a structured argument.