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Module Convenor: Dr Conor P. Trainor (

Contributing Lecturers: Dr Conor P. Trainor (CP); Dr Clare Rowan (CR); Mr David Swan (DS); Dr Mairi Gkikaki (MG); Dr David Fearn (DF); Dr Antonino Crisà (AC).

Autumn Term 2018

  • Week 1 Introduction, sources, and context/Storytelling (CT)
  • Week 2 Alexander (CT)
  • Week 3 After Alexander: Settlements and Kingdoms (CT)
  • Week 4 Ptolemaic Egypt (CT)
  • Week 5 Seleucid Asia (CT)
  • Week 6 Reading Week
  • Week 7 Seminar 1 – Digital Storytelling (CR – Room A0.02)
  • Week 8 Antigonid Greece (CT) (Object Study due NOON Nov 20)
  • Week 9 Seminar 2 – Digital Storytelling (CR – Room A0.02)
  • Week 10 Attalid Pergamon (CT) (Groupwork Digital Stories due at NOON on Dec 8)

Spring Term 2019

  • Week 1 The Romans and the Twilight of the Hellenistic World (CT)
  • Week 2 Hellenistic Rulers and Kingship (CT)
  • Week 3 Seminar 3 – Hellenistic Coinage (DS – Room R1.04)
  • Week 4 Hellenistic Athens (MG)
  • Week 5 Seminar 4 – Nationalism and the Tombs at Vergina
  • Week 6 Reading Week
  • Week 7 Hellenistic Religion (CT)
  • Week 8 Hellenistic Art and Architecture (CT) (Assessment 2 due NOON Feb 28)
  • Week 9 From Epic to Epigram (DF)
  • Week 10 Hellenistic Sicily (AC)

Summer Term 2019

  • Week 1 The Wonders of the Ancient World (CT) / “The Hellies”
  • Week 2 The Hellenistic World Review (CT)
  • Week 3 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.