Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Assoc.Prof Colin A. Hope


Previously coded AAH1010


Overview of ancient cultures of the Mediterranean world: Crete, Egypt, Greece, Iraq, and Turkey. Examines political, social, economic and religious systems, art, architecture, and material culture. Source material includes monuments, artefacts and texts on which reconstruction of the past is based. Introduces archaeological methodology, textual analysis and critical appraisal of evidence.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Have acquired a basic knowledge of the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean that are studied and their contribution to western civilisation.
  2. Have developed an awareness of the different political, social, economic and religious systems of each of these cultures.
  3. Be aware of the cultural and documentary exchange that operated in the Mediterranean region.
  4. Be aware of the range of material - monuments, artefacts, texts - available for use in the reconstruction of ancient societies.
  5. Understand the basic methods of archaeological and historical interpretation.
  6. Demonstrate basic training in the critical appraisal of source material of all kinds.


Written work: 60% (3000 words)
2 hour exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Assoc.Prof Colin A. Hope

Contact hours

2 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Archaeology and ancient history