HIST 4013 / Fall 2015
Instructor: Dr. Charles E. Muntz
Time: MWF 12:55-1:45 pm
Place: 309 Peabody Hall
Dr. Muntz's Office: 407 Old Main
Office Hours: Tu 10-11 am, W 2-3 pm
Phone: (479) 575-5891
The class will examine one of the most famous figures of the ancient world, Alexander the Great, and the new political and social order that he helped create. We begin with Alexander’s early life and the political situation that caused his father Philip II to plan an invasion of Persia. After Philip’s death we will follow Alexander as he fulfills his father’s goals, and then moves well beyond them as he takes his army as far as India. We will conclude our study of Alexander by looking at his legacy and influence both in the ancient world and the modern. In the second part of the course we will examine the Diadochoi, the successors of Alexander the Great. But we will look at not only the political and military history of this period, but also the intellectual and artistic achievements that helped to spread Hellenistic culture all over the Mediterranean and Near East. Finally we will look at the coming of Rome, and the role that Hellenistic culture and society played in the formation of the Roman Empire.
Quiz: There will be a short (5 minute) map quiz on September 9. The list of places to know is here, and a blank map for practice is here. A labeled map can be found following page xiv of the Errington textbook.
Exams: There will be an in-class midterm on October 5, and a final exam on Friday, December 18, 10:15-12:15. Both will consist of identification and essay questions. NB - Students are again responsible for providing their own blue books at exams.
Paper 1: The first paper (5 pages) will evaluate two accounts of the same event which both drew on the same original, due September 18.
Paper 2 (Undergraduates): The second paper (5 pages) will be comparing and contrasting biographies written by Nepos and Plutarch (follow links for the texts) of the Greek general Eumenes, due October 26.
Paper 3 (Undergraduates): The third paper (5 pages) will be composing a memo from the fictitious city of Poseidonia describing the preparations for the visit of a Hellenistic king, due December 4.
Paper 2 (Graduates): The second paper will be a 10 page research paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the professor, due December 4. Please come and see me before the end of October. You can find helpful links for research here.
Participation: Certain class periods are set aside for class discussions. Questions based on the primary sources to get things started can be found here, but feel free to raise other issues or questions on your own. Grading policies for discussions can be found here.
Attendance: Regular attendance is important. I will allow each student to miss up to three classes without penalty to cover things such as illness or religious observances. Please email me in advance if you are going to miss class. For each absence after the first three I will lower the final participation grade by 10 points, except in cases of a serious long-term issue. If you do have to miss a class, make sure you meet with another student to find out what you missed!
Map Quiz: 2%
Paper 1: 15%
Paper 2: 15% (30% for graduates)
Paper 3: 15% (n/a for graduates)
Errington, R. Malcolm. A History of the Hellenistic World 323-30 BC. Blackwell Publishing, 2008. ISBN 0631233881
Austin, Michel. The Hellenistic World from Alexander to the Roman Conquest. 2nd ed. Cambridge UP, 2006. ISBN 0521535611
Romm, James, ed. The Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander. ISBN 1400079675
Fowler, Barbara. Hellenistic Poetry: An Anthology. Wisconsin, 1990. ISBN 0299125343
Online translations of Alexander sources:
Plutarch: Life of Alexander
Diodorus Siculus Book 17: Chapters 1-16 Chapters 17-39 Chapters 40-63 Chapters 64-83 Chapters 84-103 Chapters 104-118
Justin’s Epitome of Pompeius Trogus: Book 11 Book 12
Academic Integrity: As a core part of its mission, the University of Arkansas provides students with the opportunity to further their educational goals through programs of study and research in an environment that promotes freedom of inquiry and academic responsibility. Accomplishing this mission is only possible when intellectual honesty and individual integrity prevail.
Each University of Arkansas student is required to be familiar with and abide by the University’s ‘Academic Integrity Policy’ which may be found at http://provost.uark.edu/245.php. Students with questions about how these policies apply to a particular course or assignment should immediately contact their instructor.
Equal Access: University of Arkansas Academic Policy Series 1520.10 requires that students with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact me privately at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments. Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through the Center for Educational Access (contact 479-575-3104 or visit http://cea.uark.edu for more information on registration procedures).
Inclement Weather: If the University stops running the Razorback Bus System because of snow or bad weather, there will be no class. Otherwise, class is on!
Miscellaneous: Please turn off and put away all cell phones and any other non-course related items and finish any food you might be eating before coming into class. Drinks are acceptable. Please remain seated during class - if you need to use the lavatory, do so before or after class.
Daily Topics and Reading Assignments
August 24 - Introduction
August 26 - Persia and the Greeks
August 28 - The Sources for Alexander
August 31 - Discussion: The Sources and the Youth of Alexander
Arrian, Book 1 preface
Plutarch, Alexander 1-14
September 2 - The Accession to the Throne
September 4 - Invasion of Persia
Arrian 1.12 (p. 23-28)
September 7 - Labor Day, No class
September 9 - The Battle of the Granicus / Map Quiz
September 11 - The Battle of the Issus
Arrian Book 2
September 14 - Alexander in Egypt
September 16 - Gaugamela
September 18 - The New King? / First Paper Due
Finish Arrian Book 3
September 23 - The Invasion of India
September 25 - To the End of the World…
September 28 - The Return Home
Arrian 6.20-6.30, start Book 7
October 2 - The Legacy of Alexander
October 5 - Midterm
October 7 - The Sources for the Hellenistic World
October 9 - Alexander’s Funeral Games
Austin #26-28, 30-31, 34-39
October 12 - The Wars of the Diadochoi
October 14 - Hellenistic Literature 1
Select works of Callimachus (Fowler p. 41-69)
Sections from Aratus (Fowler p. 251-258)
October 16 - Macedon and the Greek states 1
October 19 - Fall Break, no class
October 21 - Macedon and the Greek states 2
Austin #101-105, 107-113, 115, 117-118, 122-124, 129-130, 132, 135, 136-138, 142-143, 148, 150, 156
October 23 - Hellenistic Art 1
October 28 - Seleucids 1
Austin #158-164, 166-184
October 30 - Seleucids 2 and the Kingdom of Pergamum
Austin #185-194, 224-233
November 2 - Hellenistic Art 2
Apollonius: The Argonautica, Book 1 (in Fowler) & Summary of Book 2
November 4 - Hellenistic Philosophy
Apollonius: The Argonautica, Book 3
November 6 - Discussion: Hellenistic Literature 2
Apollonius: The Argonautica, Book 4 (in Fowler)
November 9 - Ptolemies 1
Austin #254, 256-260, 262-268, 271, 274-277, 283-284, 292-294
November 11 - Ptolemies 2
Austin #296-299, 301-308, 312-315, 317, 319, 326
November 16 - Hellenistic Religion
Austin #42-46, 258, 295
November 18 - Discussion: Hellenistic Literature 3
Select poems of Theocritus (Fowler p. 3-37)
Select mimes of Herodas (Fowler p. 235-248)
Moschus, Europa (Fowler p. 261-265)
November 20 - The Coming of Rome
November 23 - Rome and Hellenistic Culture
Plutarch, Life of Cato the Elder
November 25 - Thanksgiving Break, no class
November 27 - Thanksgiving Break, no class
November 30 - The Decline of the East
Austin #195-210, 218-223
December 4 - Hellenistic Art 3 / Final Paper Due
December 7 - End of the Hellenistic World
Austin #222-223, 286-291
December 9 - Epilogue