6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2017 (Day)
- Second semester 2017 (Flexible)
Kleopatra the Great was the last ruler of the most significant of the Hellenistic kingdoms: Egypt; she tried valiantly to save Egypt from Roman annexation. Following her suicide Egypt became a province of Rome. The unit focuses on the world created by Alexander into which Kleopatra was born. Themes include: the nature of Ptolemaic rule; the multicultural nature of the population under the Ptolemies; problems faced by Kleopatra and her forebears with the growing threat of Roman annexation; the heterogeneous culture that developed as a result of Roman occupation, and the way the indigenous culture flourished in spite of the profound changes it experienced. It draws upon and analyses a wide range of sources.
On successful completion of this unit students will have:
- A detailed knowledge of the nature of Ptolemaic and early Roman rule in Egypt.
- An understanding of the political situation in the Eastern Mediterranean region from the late fourth century BCE to the first centuries CE.
- Detailed understanding of the problems facing Kleopatra VII in her fight to save her kingdom from Roman annexation.
- An understanding of the complexity and changing nature of Egyptian culture as a result of the introduction of Hellenism and then the Roman occupation upon the traditional culture.
- The ability to appraise critically ancient and secondary source material, and combine a variety of types of evidence in the analysis of ancient culture.
- Independent research skills and the ability to undertake individual research projects, which are presented in a clearly expressed and cogent manner.
Within semester assessment: 100%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.