Ptolemaic Egypt from Alexander the Great to Augustus

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

Throughout this Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University online unit, you will look at the history of the Ptolemaic kingdom in Egypt, which lasted from 323 to 31BC. Prior context will be given, but much of the focus will be on how Ptolemy helped Egypt recover from the conquest of Alexander the Great, establishing a state that lasted through several generations, all the way down to Queen Cleopatra.

In studying Ptolemaic Egypt from Alexander the Great to Augustus, you will look at the Ptolemaic Empire in Egypt and its role in the wider world. You will analyse its relationships with fellow ‘superpowers’, Rome and Greece, and how this resulted in a power struggle that eventually saw the collapse of the empire.

Assessments involve three essays, totalling to a combined 5,000 words, which comprise 50% of the final mark, as well as a non-invigilated exam (40%) and an online discussion (10%).

Eligibility

To be enrolled into this unit, applicants must be accepted into the following course:

  • Graduate Certificate of Ancient History

Areas of study

In this Ancient History unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Egypt and the Mediterranean world
  • New kingdoms in the post-Alexander generation
  • In Athens you can go half way; in Alexandria you can go all the way
  • City and country in Egypt
  • Egypt, the Holy Land and Syria
  • The princesses and courtesans of Egypt and Syria
  • Greek, Jews and Egyptians fight side by side for Egypt and King Ptolemy
  • The sacred canopy and the temple gateways
  • Threats to Ptolemaic power
  • Waste paper city
  • A view from below
  • Egypt: Rome's worst client state?

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Graduate Certificate of Ancient History, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Upon successful completion of this unit, you will find your historiographical credentials greatly boosted, providing you with a platform from which to embark on a future career in a relevant industry, such as archaeology, archiving, curation, Egyptology or teaching. The essay writing and evaluation skills you will develop in this unit will stand you in good stead for a number of additional jobs across various sectors.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Ptolemaic Egypt from Alexander the Great to Augustus from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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