Hellenism from Alexander the Great to Severus Alexander

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Doel vak

Students will gain a deeper knowledge of the Greek world in the period
from the late fourth century BC until the middle of the third century
AD. Moreover, they will get acquainted with discussions about the use of
concepts such as ‘period’, ‘culture’, and ‘acculturation’ and about the
relation between power and culture, thus enlarging their understanding
of the problems involved in studying (ancient) history. By following
this course students train their ability to pick up information from
English-language scholarly literature. By getting acquainted with often
conflicting views in scholarly literature and by discussing these views
in class, they will sharpen their ability to think critically as well as
to participate in historical debates. Moreover, reading samples of the
most important sources for the period will give them a fair impression
of the diversity of the evidence for Hellenistic history as well as of
the problems of interpretation it offers to the historian.

Inhoud vak

The concept ‘Hellenism’ was coined by the nineteenth-century German
historian Droysen as a characterization of Greek civilization after
Alexander the Great. In the actual practice of the study of history, it
has gained currency as the designation of the period until 30 BC when,
with the annexation of Ptolemaic Egypt, the Roman conquest of the Greek
world was completed. Politically this was an important break, but it may
be questioned whether culturally the coming of Rome had a similar
impact. Anyhow, it seems advisable not to confine the study of the era
starting with Alexander to the period before the battle of Actium. In
this course, we will use the end of reign of the last emperor of the
Severan dynasty (193-235 AD) as the upper limit of the period on which
we focus. Within this period we will study the development of Greek
culture in its interaction with the cultures of the Ancient Near East
and with the power of Rome.


Lectures, discussions in class


Written examination, for which at least a 6 (out of a scale of 10)
should be scored.

Vereiste voorkennis

Without a fair working knowledge of the history of the Near East and the
Greco-Roman world in Antiquity this course may prove to be a mission
impossible. Students are expected to have completed succesfully an
Introductory course in Ancient History of at least 6 ECTS.


Information will be given at the first session of the course as well as
on Canvas.


Third-year students of Ancient Cultures (Oudheidkunde I + Oudheidkunde
II, Oude Geschiedenis + Mediterrane Archeologie) and Archaeology
(Mediterrane Archeologie + Oude Geschiedenis).

Overige informatie

This course is obligatory in the third year (depending on your
programme, see under 'Doelgroep'). Attendance is compulsory. Information
given only during classes can be part of the written examination.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_GOBAGES203
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P4
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. J.J. Flinterman
Examinator dr. J.J. Flinterman
Docenten dr. J.J. Flinterman
prof. dr. R.B. ter Haar Romeny

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