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Tristan A Goldman
HSTAM 403
Seattle Campus

Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age

Rise of Macedonia, conquest of Near East by Alexander, and division into lesser kingdoms after Alexander's death. Special emphasis on fusion of cultures and change from city-state to world-state.

Class description

HSTAM 403 focuses on the history of the Mediterranean spanning from Rome to the Near East. It begins with the conclusion of the Classical period of Greek history, c. 400 BCE, tracing the decline of Greek city-states and the rise of Macedonia during the kingship of Philip II. The course then shifts its focus to Alexander the Great. After some discussion of the chaotic period resulting in the decades following Alexander's death, the course closes with Rome's ultimate domination of the eastern Mediterranean world, c. 31 BCE. These three centuries comprise the Hellenistic Period. This course seeks to investigate the changes that occurred in the Mediterranean world (primarily Greece and the Near East) as a variety of cultures come into close and lasting contact in order to understand what gives this period its distinctiveness.

Student learning goals

Students can expect to understand the chronological progression that saw the Greek world transformed from a collection of small city-states into the kingdoms of the Hellenistic Period and eventually a province of the Roman Empire.

The course will focus intently on the life of Alexander the Great for a significant period of time. Therefore students can expect to come away with a detailed knowledge of this important figure.

Students shall come away from the course with their ability to analyze data, make intelligent arguments based on that data, and their ability to commit their ideas to writing enhanced through practicing historical methodology.

General method of instruction

This course will be primarily lecture oriented.

Recommended preparation

Familiarity with Classical Greek history is of tremendous benefit to the prospective student.

Class assignments and grading

A number of essays will form the bulk of the assignments, along with the weekly reading assignments.

Grades will be assigned based on performance on in-class exams and assigned essay.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Tristan A Goldman
Date: 01/29/2008