CLAS332-23S2 (A) Semester Two 2023 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)

The Hellenistic East and the Coming of Rome

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


The History of the Hellenistic World from 323 to 30 B.C.

This course looks at the break-up of the empire of Alexander the Great into three main kingdoms (the Seleucid Kingdom, Ptolemaic Egypt, and Antigonid Macedonia) and traces the fortunes of those kingdoms through their heyday and eventual succumbing to the Roman Empire.  The course ends with the death of the final Hellenistic monarch, Cleopatra VII of Egypt.  A special section of the course will focus on Hellentistic art and literature (note the Galatian warrior in the image above) and will attempt to assess the Hellenistic age's cultural achievements.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be familiar with the outline of Hellenistic history and Hellenistic culture.  Students will have looked at various sorts of historical evidence (historical works, literary texts, inscriptions) and will understand how to interpret this evidence so as to be able to advance a coherent and persuasive argument.

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.


Any 30 points at 200 level from CLAS, or
any 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


CLAS307 (but only if taken in 2012 or 2014)

Timetable Note

Classes are held at the City Campus, Arts Centre, 3 Hereford Street.

Course Coordinator

Victor Parker


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 1 15% 1,500 words
Essay 2 35% 3,000 words
Final examination 50%

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,641.00

International fee $7,500.00

* 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.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Humanities .

All CLAS332 Occurrences

  • CLAS332-23S2 (A) Semester Two 2023 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)