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This course will attempt a tough-minded assessment of the realities that lie behind the myth and romance of Alexander and his conquests. The approach will involve understanding the wider context of Alexander's achievement. We will explore the origins of Alexander's power in his Macedonian heritage and the situation in Greece in the fourth century BC. We will also try to understand why it is that there are so many modern, different accounts of Alexander and his achievement. So far as possible, we will base our conclusions on what the ancient Greeks and Romans wrote about Alexander.


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This course carries credit points under the nationally recognised Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). We offer a flexible, part-time route to academic qualification. For further details see the section ' Qualifications and awards'.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

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Madingley Hall
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

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Course details

Start date

13 March 2009 (19:15)

End date

15 March 2009 (13:00)

Course code



Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Accommodation fees

Single room: £81
Double/Twin room (per person, 2 people sharing): £81

Qualifications / Credits

5 credits at FHEQ4