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HIST1190 From Alexander to Augustus: leadership in the Ancient World

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The system of kingship under Alexander and his immediate successors
  • Modes of political leadership in the last century of the Roman Republic
  • The political changes brought about by Augustus as the first Roman emperor


Alexander, Sulla, Julius Caesar and Augustus are names which epitomise leadership and authority both in the ancient world and in more recent periods of history. In this module, you will look at the political systems under which they emerged as leaders, and how they transformed the worlds they lived in. Through these we will address the questions of what makes a successful leader, and how political systems might be manipulated.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The current intention is to deliver teaching for this module online. If circumstances allow, some form of blended delivery methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, or individual tutorials may be introduced if it is safe for all concerned to do so. However, delivery will remain entirely online if face to face teaching is not possible or advisable.

Independent Study276
Total study time300



MethodPercentage contribution
Timed Assignment 50%
Written assignment 50%
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