The Hellenistic World: History and Material Culture - CLAS7380

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Csaba La'da checkmark-circle


This module is concerned with the Hellenistic period, which saw an expansion of the Greek world into the Near East and, as a result, the profound political and cultural transformation of the whole of the Eastern Mediterranean. The Hellenistic world played a crucial role not just in the transmission of classical Greek civilisation but also in the shaping of the Roman Empire and its culture, particularly in the Eastern Mediterranean. For these reasons, it is a key period in the development of Greek, Roman and later European civilisations. The module intends to provide a general survey of the political, social, economic and cultural history of the Eastern Mediterranean in the period between 336 and 30 BC, following on from the classical Greek and in part dovetailing with and in part preparing the ground for the Roman historical modules. The module will be taught from a range of sources, historical, literary, papyrological, epigraphic and archaeological. Particular attention will be paid to the interaction between the incoming Graeco-Macedonian and indigenous local populations and the formation of new states and cultures.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Total Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
• Essay 1 (1,500 words) – 40%
• Essay 2 (1,500 words) – 40%
• Presentation (15 minutes) – 20%

Reassessment methods:
• 100% Coursework (3,000 words)

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Articulate detailed and nuanced responses to key questions about the nature and value of the historical evidence for Hellenistic history;
2 Demonstrate detailed understanding of the importance and implications of Hellenistic political, social, economic and cultural history;
3 Demonstrate thorough understanding of the nature and extent of interaction between the incoming Graeco-Macedonians and the indigenous Near Eastern populations (e.g. in politics, society, the economy, religion and in cultural life);
4 Devise sustained, critical and evaluative arguments related to the interpretation of these issues;
5 Engage reflectively with current research related to primary and secondary sources relating to the Hellenistic period.

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate comprehensive skills in critical analysis and argument both through their reading and through listening to others;
2 Demonstrate their ability to make complex ideas understandable in their writing, and focussed on precision and clarity;
3 Demonstrate confidence in working autonomously and taking responsibility for their learning.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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