The Ancient Persians - They Meet Their Nemeses... The Greeks

Ref: C3742910

Darius looks west to punish Athens where he was defeated at Marathon in 490. He starts preparing a larger expedition against Greece. His successor Xerxes decided to invade Greece and achieved an important victory at Thermopylae, and destroyed Athens but he was defeated by the Greek fleet at Salamis. But there arose a new power in the Greek world: the kingdom of Macedon under King Philip II. The new Persian king, Darius III, would clash with Philip's army led by his son and successor Alexander the Great. From that point on the Persian capitals fell to Alexander, Darius was killed by Persian nobles before he could make a last stand at Bactria.

Course aim

With his empire unified and strong, Darius was looking to expand further. His efforts were unsuccessful. He meets his nemesis - Alexander the Great.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Review the decline and fall of the Persian Empire
  • Identify the failures of the Persian kings
  • Identify how Philip ll of Macedon acted as a catalyst to the defeat of Persia
  • Identify the culture, art and architecture of the Persian Empire
  • Review why Alexander the Great was so successful.

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
  • Extensive handouts are given on a DVD

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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The Ancient Persians - They Meet Their Nemeses... The Greeks


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