Age of Empires: Ancient Anatolia

Subject ANCW40006 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 10 hours per week: total time commitment 120 hours
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in classics or classical studies and archaeology.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Assoc Prof Gocha Tsetskhladze


A/Prof Gocha Tsetskhladze

Subject Overview:

The subject is concerned with the variety of Anatolian cultures that occupied the highlands of modern-day Turkey and the territories beyond between 1200 and 400 BC. It will encompass, among others, the worlds of Troy, Asia Minor (Ionia), Anatolia (Urartu, Phrygia, Lydia), Iran (Media, Persia) and Transcaucasia (Colchis, Iberia, Armenia). Located north and east of lowland Mesopotamia, these cultures provide a refreshingly new perspective on cultural developments in the ancient Near East in those centuries before Alexander the Great. Special attention will be paid to the relationship between these areas and mainland Greece, and how such links shaped the whole of the Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds.


Students who successfully complete this subject should

  • demonstrate knowledge of the history and culture of ancient Anatolia.
  • appreciate the complexities of ancient societies.
  • gain an understanding of relationships between the cultures of the Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds.  

A seminar paper of 2000 words 40% (due during semester) and an essay of 3000 words 60% (due at the end of the semester).

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be skilled in research.

  • possess advanced skills of critical thinking and analysis.

  • possess an ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly, economically and effectively.

  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient World Studies
Ancient and Medieval Studies
Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology

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