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Alexander the Great - Syllabus

Autumn term 2011

Week 1

  • Tuesday: no lecture
  • Thursday: introduction

Week 2

  • Tuesday: the Macedonian background
  • Thursday: the Macedonian background

Week 3

  • Tuesday: Philip II
  • Thursday: Philip II and Alexander

Week 4

  • Tuesday: Macedon and Greece
  • Thursday: literary sources

Week 5

  • Tuesday: literary sources
  • Thursday: seminar: documentary sources

Week 6: reading week

Week 7

  • Tuesday: Alexander's early years on the throne
  • Thursday: the expedition

Week 8

  • Tuesday: the expedition
  • Thursday: the expedition

Week 9

  • Tuesday: the expedition
  • Thursday: the expedition

Week 10

  • Tuesday: no lecture: return of essays
  • Thursday: seminar: Siwah

Seminars: In weeks 5 and 10 the session will consist of seminars: please sign up outside room 232.

Spring term 2012

Week 1

  • Tuesday: Alexander and the cities of Asia Minor
  • Thursday: the Persian Empire

Week 2

  • Tuesday: Alexander, Persians and Orientals
  • Thursday: Persianisation

Week 3

  • Tuesday: Alexander and his army
  • Thursday: Alexander and his army

Week 4

  • Tuesday: conspiracies, murders, and propaganda
  • Thursday: men and women

Week 5

  • Tuesday: Alexander's image
  • Thursday: seminar: the Philotas affair

Week 6: reading week

Week 7

  • Tuesday: return of essays
  • Thursday: Alexander's religion and divinity

Week 8

  • Tuesday: Alexander's religion and divinity
  • Thursday: Alexander's death and last plans

Week 9

  • Tuesday: the consequences of Alexander's death
  • Thursday: Alexander's succession

Week 10

  • Tuesday: Alexander's succession
  • Thursday: seminar: the successors of Alexander

Summer term 2012

Week 1: Alexander's reception

Week 2: Alexander's reception

Weeks 3 and 4: revision