Units of Study

ANHS6903 - A Tale of Three Cities

Semester 2, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Richard Miles


'Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts: the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.' (Ruskin) Empires spawn capital cities whose deeds, words and art reflect the ideograph of their imperialism. Compare three imperial cities: democratic Athens as a ruler of a Hellenic empire in the time of Pericles; the republican city state of Rome turning into an autocratic world state in the time of Caesar Augustus; the evolution of fourth century Constantinople as the centre of a Christian bureaucratic and Hellenistic empire.


2x2000 word seminar papers (65%), 1x2000 word take-home exam (35%)


1x2 hour seminar per week

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