The Age of Alexander

Ref: C2340969

This course will look at the last years of Alexander, and consider the character of his final campaigns. We will look at the possible motives ands plans that he may have had in those final years, before going on to look in greater detail at the precise circumstances of his death, as well the various "conspiracy" theories surrounding it. We will go on to examine the circumstances that prevailed in the immediate wake of his death, and provide some analysis of how the key figures of the time came into conflict with one another. In particular, we will consider how these figures then utilised their influence and resources to bring about the conflicts that persisted in years after his death, and how ultimately the victors in that contest came rule over the particular regions that they did.

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:

  • Give some account of the final years of Alexander the Great
  • Evaluate some of the theories regarding the circumstances of the death of Alexander
  • Provide some assessment of the key figures in the struggle for power in the wake of the death of Alexander
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the significant features of the decades following the death of Alexander

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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