ANCH110 Introduction to Ancient Greece

UNE has cancelled in-person, paper-based exams for Trimester 2. Instead, all exams will either be transferred to other modes of assessment, or offered online. There may be some discrepancies to published unit information while we work through the University processes to approve the changes and reflect them through publication. Information about online exams is available on UNE's Online Supervised Exams page.

Updated: 17 December 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ANCH100
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Clemens Koehn (
Unit Description

This unit is an introduction to the history and culture of ancient Greece. A wide variety of aspects of Greek society of the archaic (800-479 BC) and classical (478-323 BC) periods are considered. In addition, there is a detailed study of political events of the archaic period, up to and including the Persian Wars (480-79 BC), with special attention paid to political developments in Sparta and Athens in the sixth century BC. Emphasis is placed on literary as well as material sources of information. Students gain a sound understanding of ancient Greek culture and history, and of the ancient sources for these.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

A History of the Archaic Greek World, ca. 1200-479 BCE

ISBN: 9781118301272
Hall, J.M., Wiley-Blackwell 2nd ed. 2013

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Ancient Greece: Social and Historical Documents from Archaic Times to the Death of Alexander

ISBN: 9780415473309
Dillon, M.P.J. and Garland, L., Routledge 3rd ed. 2010

Note: An eBook version is available through the Dixson Library.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

The Histories

ISBN: 9780140449082
Herodotus, Penguin 2003

Note: Any edition is acceptable.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 25% 500
Assessment Notes

Online Comprehension Exercise

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-5

Compulsory Assessment 2 45% 1500
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 30%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the main political and social phenomenon of the period covered;
  2. interpret and understand human behaviour in a historically different context;
  3. apply critical analysis to ancient evidence;
  4. display the ability to communicate clearly in their written work;
  5. apply basic research skills; and
  6. develop cogent, logical arguments (including the ability to select and use evidence).