ANCH328 Towns and Cities of the Ancient World

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Updated: 25 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites any 12cp in ANCH, ARPA, HINQ, HIST or RELS; or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ANCH528 or HIST512
Notes None
Combined Units ANCH528 - Towns and Cities of the Ancient World
Coordinator(s) Matthew Dillon (
Unit Description

This unit studies the urban history of key towns and cities of the ancient world. Students examine the social fabric, political structure, history, archaeology, economy, art, architecture, and other essential features of ancient towns and cities. Concepts of urbanisation, and the city as a social, economic, religious, cultural, architectural, and political institution, will be examined. Detailed consideration will be given to the role of the ancient town and city as the pivotal focus of ancient civilisations, and what these towns and cities have contributed to human culture. Literary, archaeological, and material evidence is emphasised.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. conduct independent research into the important features of the social, political, cultural, and architectural features of ancient towns and cities, and thereby demonstrating pedagogical autonomy, well-developed judgement, and responsibility as a learner;
  2. demonstrate a broad understanding, and conceptual knowledge, of the key themes concerning ancient towns and cities;
  3. present a properly documented argument addressing an historical problem or issue relating to an ancient town or city, demonstrating a sound knowledge of the ancient evidence;
  4. select and synthesise ideas and arguments from modern sources, showing an understanding of modern scholarship on ancient towns and cities; and
  5. demonstrate an ability to articulate and communicate in written form the main themes and intellectual problems involved in understanding ancient towns and cities by writing structured prose and framing arguments at an undergraduate level.