The Hellenistic Period

Course Information
TitleΕλληνιστική Εποχή / The Hellenistic Period
CodeΙΑΕ 706
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015975

Programme of Study: Historical Research

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Archaías Ellīnikīs kai Rōmaïkīs IstoríasElective CoursesWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction)
Learning Outcomes
Students who attend the course are expected to • understand the theoretical questions concerning the character of the Hellenistic Age and the historical sources on which the study of the period in question is based. • learn the basic features of the Hellenistic Kingdoms as a particular form of state and the various ways of interaction between monarchies and poleis. • Comprehend the process and the impact of the interaction betwenn Hellenism and the Eastern civilizations and of the responses of the Hellenistic World to the coming of Rome. • to become sensitive to methodological and practical issues related to their field of study • practice their skills to present orally and in written their ideas and arguments.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The seminar concerns a special period of Ancient Greek History, the Hellenistic Age, during which Hellenism expanded to the East. After presenting the modern historical approaches of the period and the primary historical sources on which its studying is based, the course will proceed with the examination of the political developments from the death of Alexander until the incorporation of the Hellensitic East to the Roman State. The organization of the Hellenistic monarchies, the royal ideology and cult, the organization of the Hellenistic Leagues, the place of the polis within the Hellenistic kingdoms and the delevolepment of civic life, the various relations between the Hellenistic states and Rome will be the focal points of the seminar. Course Weekly Schedule Week 1: General Introduction. The Hellenistic Age and its main historical aspects. The primary historical sources for the period. Week 2: The Wars of Alexander's Successors and the birth of the Hellenistic Kingdoms in the East. General survey and discussion of sources Week 3: The foreign Policy of the Ptolemies and the Wars between the Hellenistic Kingdoms from the 1st Syrian War to the Battle of Raphia. Discussion of selected sources. Week 4: The character of Hellenistic Monarchy: personal charisma, military victory, ruler-cult. Discussion of selected sources. Week 5: Ptolemaic Egypt: Administration, Financial Organization, Ethnic groups. Discussion of selected sources. Week 6: The Seleucid State: Historical Survey, Administration and financial organization. Discussion of selected sources. Week 7: The relations between the Hellenistic Monarchies and the Greek cities. Discussion of selected sources. Week 8: The civic life of the Greek poleis in the Early Hellenistic Age. Discussion of selected sources. Week 9: The Hellenistic World and the Coming of Rome. The 1st and the 2nd Macedonian Wars. Discussion of selected sources. Week 10: The Hellenistic World and the Coming of Rome. The Roman War of Antiochos III, the Rise of the Attalids, the 3rd Macedonian War and the VIth Syrian War. Discussion of selected sources. Week 11: The Attalids of Pergamon: Foreign policy and Administration. Discussion of selected sources. Week 12: The civic life of the Greek poleis in the Late Hellenistic Age. Discussion of selected sources. Week 13: The Achaean War, the creation of the Roman provinces of Macedonia and Asia, the fall of the Seleukids and the Ptolemies. Discussion of selected sources.
Hellenistic Age, Hellenistic kingdoms, monarchic ideology, ruler cult, euergetism, leagues, hellenistic polis, Rome
Educational Material Types
  • Selected Bibliography
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment2006.7
Written assigments2117.0
Student Assessment
Students will have to study weekly specific book chapters, articles and primary sources, and present, orally or in written, brief reports of their critical reading. Students' evaluation will depend on their weekly presentations, their ability to argue and to answer complicated questions based on bibliography and the relevant sources, and on their final essay for the course.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Η. J. Gehrke, Ιστορία του Ελληνιστικού κόσμου (μετάφραση/βιβλιογραφική επιμέλεια Άγγελος Χανιώτης, εποπτεία Κώστας Μπουραζέλης), Αθήνα 2003. F. W. Walbank, Ο Ελληνιστικός Κόσμος (μετάφραση Τ. Δαρβέρης, επιμέλεια Π. Νίγδελης, Λ. Μανωλόπουλος), Θεσσαλονίκη² 1999. P. Lévêque, Ο Ελληνιστικός κόσμος (μετάφραση Μ. Παπαηλιάδη, επιμέλεια Κ. Ζουμπουλάκης), Αθήνα 2003. G. Shipley, Ο Ελληνικός κόσμος μετά τον Αλέξανδρο, 323-30 π.Χ. (μετάφραση Μ. Ζαχαριάδου), Αθήνα 2012 E.Will, Histoire politique du monde hellénistique, Nancy 1969. F. W. Walbank, A. E. Astin, M. W. Frederiksen, R. M. Ogilvie (eds.), The Cambridge Ancient History, Volume VII Part I: The Hellenistic World (second edition), Cambridge 1984. F. W. Walbank, A. E. Astin, M. W. Frederiksen, R. M. Ogilvie (eds.), The Cambridge Ancient History, Volume VIII: Rome and the Mediterranean to 133 B.C. (second edition), Cambridge 1989. R. E. Allen, The Attalid Kingdom: A Constitutional History, Oxford 1983. E. V. Hansen, The Attalids of Pergamon, Ithaca - London 1971. R. B. McShane, The Foreign Policy of the Attalids of Pergamum, Urbana 1964. J. G. Manning, The Last Pharaohs. Egypt under the Ptolemies, Princeton 2010. J. Ma, Antiochos III and the Cities of Western Asia Minor, Oxford 1999. J. D. Grainger, The Syrian Wars, Leiden – Boston 2010. J. Wolski, The Seleucids: the Decline and Fall of their Empire, Krakow 1999. J. J. Aperghis, The Seleukid Royal Economy: the Finances and Financial Administration of the Seleukid Empire, Cambridge 2004. S. M. Sherwin-White and A. Kuhrt, From Samarkhand to Sardis : a new approach to the Seleucid Empire, Berkeley 1993. J. D. Grainger, The Rise of the Seleucid Empire (323-223 BC) : Seleukos I to Seleukos II, Barnsley 2014. Laurent Capdetrey, Le pouvoir séleucide. Territoire, administration, finances d'un royaume hellénistique (312-129 avant J.C.). Collection "Histoire". Rennes: 2007.
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