CLAS213-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Alexander the Great

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


A survey of the career of Alexander the Great (336 to 323 BC) with special attention to problems of source interpretation.

The course looks at the career and policies of one of history’s most fascinating rulers, Alexander the Great, who in a sweeping military adventure of epic scope put together an empire extending from the Adriatic to the Indus River.  The course, however, tries to focus less on the “adventure story” and more on the cold reality with a particular focus on the surviving primary sources.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be familiar both with Alexander's achievements and with the primary sources on which our modern depictions of Alexander are based.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 15 points at 100 level from CLAS, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.



Recommended Preparation

CLAS111 or any 100-level course in CLAS.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 465
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Beatrice Tinsley 111
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 F3 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Victor Parker


Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Arrian; The Campaigns of Alexander ; Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1973 (Trans. de Sélincourt, Rev. Hamilton).

Bosworth, A. B; Conquest and empire : the reign of Alexander the Great ; Canto ed.; Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

All CLAS213 Occurrences

  • CLAS213-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024