Course Information
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280007447

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
General Prerequisites
Successful examination in HAN 101 is not required but strongly recommended.
Learning Outcomes
Critical understanding of the political, administrative and social organization of the Greek World in the Hellenistic and Early Roman Imperial Era. Use and historical interpretation of primary sources.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Object of the course: to familiarize the students with the main concepts and problems of the Hellenistic period and the early Imperial times, also with the main characteristics and the historical profile of the Hellenistic times - finally with the analytical and synthetic approach of primary sources related to the Hellenistic and Roman Imperial Era. Week #1 The Hellenistic and the Roman periods of Ancient Greek History: the literary and epigraphic sources Week #2 The Successors of Alexander the Great: The political developments leading to the consolidation of the major Hellenistic Kingdoms (323-272 BC). Week #3 The basic features of Hellenistic monarchy: the personal character of the monarchy, the legitimating of royal power, the relations between the suzerain and the cities. Week #4 The Ptolemies: the administrative and fiscal organization of Egypt. The exploitation of the land. The relations between the Greeks and the Egyptians. Week #5 The Seleucids: the administrative and fiscal organization of the kingdom. The exploitation of the land. Seleucid Iran and Seleucid Asia Minor. The relations with the Greek cities under Seleucid rule. Week #6 The Antigonids: the administrative organization of Macedonia. The relations with the cities of Macedonia and Southern Greece. Week# 7 The Greek cities and the koina: civic life and euergetism. The political organization of the Achaean and the Aitolian Leagues. Week #8 An age of unstable balance (272-220 BC): The Syrian Wars, the Chremonidean War, the War of Kleomenes. Week#9 The Coming of Rome I: Political developments from the Social War to the War of Antiochos Week#10 The Coming of Rome II: Political developments from the Third Macedonian War to the War of Aristonikos. The creation of the roman provinces of Macedonia and Asia. Week#11 Greek cities and Hellenistic states under Roman hegemony and rule (129-30 BC): civic institutions and Roman taxation. The Mithridatic Wars. The impact of the Roman Civil Wars on the Greek World Week#12 The Greek World in the Imperial Period: civic institutions, euergetism, the provincial koina and the imperial cult. Week#13 The Greek World in the Imperial Period: Cities and Emperors-cities and Provincial governors. The integration of Greek cities and local elites into the structures of the imperial state. The award of Roman citizenship to Greeks.
Monarchy and monarchic ideology, Hellenistic kingdoms, hellenistic ruler-cult, hellenistic cities and the Kings, Leagues of cities, Roman expansion, cities vs. Roman Power.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Lectures-Study of primary historical sources - Power-point presentation.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment168.55.6
Student Assessment
Written or Oral examination: 100%. The questions posed to the students aim at evaluating the critical understanding of the subjects analyzed during the courses. The students are called to comment on maps and primary historical sources. Attending the courses is necessary, although not obligatory.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
G.Shipley, Ο Ελληνικός Κόσμος μετά τον Αλέξανδρο, Α'Τόμος, ΜΙΕΤ. ή F. W. Walbank, Ο Ελληνιστικός Κόσμος (μετάφραση Τ. Δαρβέρης, επιμέλεια Π. Νίγδελης, Λ. Μανωλόπουλος), Θεσσαλονίκη² 1999.
Additional bibliography for study
H.Bengtson, Ιστορία της Αρχαίας Ελλάδας, (μετάφραση Α.Γαβρίλης), Αθήνα 1979. P.Leveque, Ο Ελληνιστικός κόσμος (μετάφραση Μ.Παπαηλιάδη, επιμέλεια Κ.Ζουμπουλάκης), Αθήνα 2003. Ιστορία του Ελληνικού Έθνους (Εκδοτική Αθηνών) τόμος ΣΤ΄. E.Will, Histoire politique du monde hellénistique, Nancy 1969. P.Green, Alexander to Actium. The Ηistorical Evolution of the Hellenistic Age, Berkeley 1990. Μ.Sartre, L’ Orient Romain, Paris 1991. E.S.Gruen, The Hellenistic World and the Coming of Rome, Berkeley 1984. A.Erskine (εκδ.), Α Companion to the Hellenistic World, Oxford 2003.
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