Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title SYRIA: FROM ALEXANDER THE GREAT TO CONSTANTINE AND HIS SUCCESSORS
Code CLAH358
Coordinator Dr AM Hirt
Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
A.M.Hirt@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:

 

Additional Programme Information

 

Aims

This module aims to provide the student with knowledge on the history, society, and religion of Syria not only by looking at textual evidence but monuments and iconography as well.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Knowledge of history, society, and religion in Hellenistic and Roman Syria

(LO2) Understanding complexity of cultural interactions

(LO3) Understanding role of power in shaping adaption / adoption of (distinct / foreign) culture

(LO4) Capacity to analyse texts and iconographic material

(S1) Communication (oral, written, visual)

(S2) Research skills - all information skills

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

(S4) Time and project management — Personal organisation


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture:
The lectures will introduce the student to the main historical outline and the key sources and debates.

Seminar:
In seminars the student will be analysing and discussing primary sources, iconographic evidence, and/or scholarly studies and debates.


Syllabus

 

The lectures will provide an outline of historical events from the conquest of the Levant by Alexander the Great, the Syrian Wars between the Ptolemies and the Seleucids, down to the provincialisation by Rome, and the Roman wars against the Parthians and Sassanids.
More importantly, the lectures and seminars will also look at a number of themes: the ‘confrontation’ with Greek and Roman culture, religion, language; the adaption (or rejection) thereof by elites and commoners, the administrative and economic trajectory of Syria from the late Achaemenid to the Late Roman period.
At the heart of the seminars are written texts in Greek, Latin, Hebrew-Aramaic, Syriac, Arabic, Phoenician, cuneiform, etc. which shine a light on Syria under Seleucid and Roman rule.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 15

7

        22
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 128
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -3000 words    50       
Coursework There is a resit opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  -3000 words    50       

Recommended Texts

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