The Age of Alexander

Ref: C2340814

This course will look in detail at the chief conquests of Alexander, from his takeover of Anatolia and the battle of Issus to his invasion of India. We will look closely at the nature of the evidence available, and make some assessment of the value of those sources. We will go on to consider the character of his efforts to defeat the Persian opposition in the Middle East, and the nature of his conquest of Egypt. We will make some assessment of his personality and the nature of his rule as king during that period, in particular focussing upon the apparent conspiracies against him as well as considering his closer relations with colleagues and partners. We will conclude with some assessment of the overall impact of his defeat of the Persian Empire, as well considering the key motives, objectives and achievements of his campaign into northern India.

Course aim

This course will examine the main features and characters of the career of Alexander the Great; his conquests, challenges and ultimate achievements. We will also consider the character of his personal relationships and the nature of his personality.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate some awareness of how the overthrow of the Persian Empire was achieved
  • Account for the development and success of the Macedonian army
  • Evaluate key aspects of the impact of the Macedonian conquest upon Middle Eastern society
  • Provide an assessment of some of the aspects of Alexander's character and personality during his conquests

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Alexander the Great Robin Lane Fox 2004 (Penguin) The Nature of Alexander Mary Renault 2002 (Random House)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Age of Alexander


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