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ANHS3638: Humans and Other Animals in Antiquity

2024 unit information

What makes us human What (if anything) separates us from other animals This unit explores how ancient thinkers, such as Homer, Herodotus, Plutarch, Aelian and Pliny, have drawn on the category of the animal to define human identities. A particular focus will be on storytelling as a means of thinking the human in new ways. The ancient evidence is read alongside modern interventions into a conversation that started in antiquity but that continues on to this day. It engages with the idea of the human as part of a radically separate order of being defined by reason (logos) and offers both an appreciation and critique of the tradition which uses the human as 'the measure of all things'.

Unit details and rules

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Classics and Ancient History

Code ANHS3638
Academic unit Classics and Ancient History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Ancient History
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate a confident and extensive knowledge of the society, culture, and politics of ancient Greece and Rome.
  • LO2. Read, evaluate, and interpret the diverse body of evidence available for the study of the ancient world, such a literature - poetry, epic, drama, oratory, philosophical, religious, and scientific texts - as well as inscriptions, coins, papyri, artworks, and architecture.
  • LO3. Evaluate these different types of evidence individually and in combination with each other, using a range of discipline-appropriate concepts and methodologies in the service of integrated historical and cultural analysis.
  • LO4. Demonstrate the ability to interpret ancient sources, both textual and material ,and an understanding of how they provide insight into the history and culture of the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds.
  • LO5. Examine and solve complex historical problems through research and critical analysis, with the confidence to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • LO6. Demonstrate an understandign of, and appreciation for, difference and diversity.
  • LO7. Apply the theories and methods of other disciplines to their own work, and utilise the skills and knowledge of ancient historians to address issues encountered in an interdisciplinary context.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Remote

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