CLAS406-23S2 (A) Semester Two 2023 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)

Historical Topic

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


In 2023, CLAS406 will run as the 400 level version of CLAS332 "The Hellenistic East and the Coming of Rome". The course investigates what happens to Alexander’s empire after his death, the struggles between the so called "successors", and the arrival of Rome in the East.

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.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.


Timetable Note

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

Course Coordinator

Victor Parker


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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,990.00

* 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 CLAS406 Occurrences

  • CLAS406-23S2 (A) Semester Two 2023 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)