HIST 5005 Section 001, Spring 2006 Selected Topics in History: Alexander the Great with The David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professor of Classics and History, Peter Green TTh 11-12:15, Brewster B204 Office: Brewster A-342; Office hours: TTh 2-3 and by appt.
This course will examine the life, career, character, military achievements and personal beliefs of King Alexander III of Macedon. It will also investigate his ancestry and Macedonian background, and follow the extraordinary, and persistent, myth that developed in his lifetime and flourished undiminished-with interesting changes of emphasis-down to our own day. Reading will concentrate chiefly on the main surviving texts in translation, though some recent modern scholarship will also be studied. Instruction will be by lectures and discussion; students will also have regular one-on-one conferences with the instructor (who will have several Alexander DVD's, including the director's cut of the Stone movie, for students to look at). There are no formal prerequisites except enthusiasm and an open mind.
Required Texts: The following will be needed by all students throughout the course:-
The plan of this course is to take students, step by step and chronologically, through Alexander's short life and meteoric career, rather than to follow the currently popular (but highly confusing) approach of coming at him in a series of theme-park essays. To do this the basic narrative is supplied by two excellent, up-to-date, and contrasting accounts (Adam and Stoneman). At the same time students will also study and compare the actual main sources of ancient evidence on which those narratives depend (like modern scholars, they often contradict each other), and have a chance to make up their own minds on the evidence, in both class discussions and exam essays.
The Optional Readings are designed to help those interested in exploring the subject in greater depth. Items so listed will be found in the Bibliography at the end of this Syllabus. Those on reserve are marked with a star (*). Those marked with a dagger (†) are my personal copies, that will be loaned out on the same terms as the texts on reserve. A useful general resource is the Oxford Classical Dictionary, 3rd ed. 1996.
Grading is on the scale of A-D: out of 100 possible points, 97-100 = A+, 93-96 = A, 90-92 = A-, and so on for each letter (e.g., 87-89= B+, 83=86 = B, 80-82 = B-). Of the various components of this course, the Practice Tests will count for 5% each (10%); the Pre-Midterm, Midterm, and Pre-Final Exams for 15% each (45%); Class Discussion for 15%, and the Final Examination for 30%. Provided all prior tests and exams have been satisfactorily completed, no course grade will be lower than the Final grade (though it may be higher).
Any graduate student who takes the course will be further required to write a term paper, topic to be determined not later than the date of the Mi dterm Exam, and paper to be submitted by the first day of Final Exams (Thurs. 27 April). This paper will get a letter grade, and its numerical percentage value will be combined with the student's other grades in the course to determine his or her final grade.
Students with a knowledge of Greek or Latin may take translation tests from Arrian and/or Q. Curtius Rufus for extra credit. Other students may propose a term-paper topic, on the same basis as graduate students (see above). However: no candidate will be allowed to take work for extra credit until after the Midterm Exam, and only then if maintaining at least a B+ average. This option is for exceptional students, not for those who hope to improve a poor grade, and are better occupied mastering the prescribed material.
Every class-day will bring important new material: absences thus impose their own penalty, and formal sanctions are not needed. students with genuine problems necessitating absence from one or more class sessions should come and see me in advance to arrange make-up details, not hopefully let things slide till crisis-time comes round.
(*) = on reserve, (†) = text available from the instructor. Call-numbers: Joyner Library.
Elizabeth Baynham, Alexander the Great: The unique history of Quintus Curtius. DF 234. B356. 1998. E. N. Borza, In the Shadow of Olympus.* DF 261. M2 B67. 1990. A. B. Bosworth, Commentary on Arrian's History of Alexander. 2 vols. DF 234. A773 B67. 1980, 1995. A. B. Bosworth, Conquest and Empire: The Reign of Alexander the Great.* DF 234. B66. 1988. A. B. Bosworth, Alexander and the East. DF 234.6 B67. 1996. A. B. Bosworth, The Legacy of Alexander. DE 86. B67. 2002. Cambridge Ancient History, 2nd ed. Vol. VI [CAH]. REF. D 57. C252 1982. E. D. Carney, Women and Monarchy in Macedonia. DF 233.2 C37. 2000. Paul Cartledge, Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past. DF 234. C285. 2004. G. Cawkwell, Philip of Macedon. DF 233. C38. 1978. S. K. Eddy, The King is Dead. Studies in the Near Eastern Resistance to Hellenism, 334-31 B.C. DS 62. E3 1961. D. Engels, Alexander the Great and the Logistics of the Macedonian Army.* DF 234.2 E53x. 1978. R. M. Errington, A History of Macedonia. DF 261. M2 E7713. 1990. P. M. Fraser, Cities of Alexander the Great. DF 234.2 F73. 1996. P. M. Green, Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C. DF 234. G38. 1991. N. G. L. Hammond, Alexander the Great: King, Commander and Statesman.* DF 234.H323. 1981. N. G. L. Hammond, The Macedonian State. DF 261. M2 H35. 1989. N. G. L. Hammond, Philip of Macedon. DF 233.8 P59 H35. 1994. N..G.L. Hammond & G. T. Griffith, A History of Macedonia. Vol. II. DR 701. M2 H35 1979. Waldemar Heckel, The Marshals of Alexander's Empire (1992). † Waldemar Heckel, The Wars of Alexander the Great.* DF 234. H43 2003. Waldemar Heckel & John Yardley, Alexander the Great: Historical Sources in Translation (2004). † Frank Holt, Alexander the Great and Bactria (1988) †. Frank Holt, Into the Land of Bones. DF 234.57 H65. 2005. C. Mossé, Alexander: Destiny and Myth (2004). † J. M. O'Brien, Alexander the Great: The Invisible Enemy. DF 234. O27. 1992. Lionel Pearson, The Lost Histories of Alexander (1960). † On library order. J. Roisman (ed.), Brill's Companion to Alexander the Great.† (2003). On library order. C. A. Robinson Jr. The History of Alexander the Great. Vol. I (1953).† Andrew Stewart, Faces of Power: Alexander's Image and Hellenistic Politics. DF 234.2 S74 1993 and online. Michael Wood, In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great.* DS 10. W62. 1997. Ian Worthington, Alexander the Great: A Reader (2003). † Ian Worthington, Alexander the Great: Man and God.* DF 234. A4894. 2004.