About this unit
This unit, provided by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University, explores the role of animals in cultures of the ancient Mediterranean region. All taxonomic classes will be considered, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.
The topics to be covered range from the use of animals in agriculture, hunting, warfare and entertainment, to their significance in religion, philosophy, symbolism and art. Through an assessment of artefacts, images and texts, students will investigate the ways in which both wild and domesticated species influenced the minds and behaviour of ancient civilisations such as the Romans and Egyptians.
This unit lasts for a duration of 13 weeks and assessment is made by essay (35%), online discussion (20%), report (20%) and a review (25%).
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Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program:
- Have completed Level 1 and 2 studies in Ancient History before starting this unit
This unit is an approved elective requirement in the following course:
- Bachelor of Arts, 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.
In this Animals in the Ancient World unit, the topics you will study include:
- What is an animal?
- Representing animals in prehistory and the ancient Near East
- Representing animals in the Classical world
- Hunting practices
- Domestication of species
- Agriculture and animal husbandry
- Animal exploitation
- Animals in Egyptian religion
- Animals in Roman religion
- Animals in Greek religion
- Animals in philosophy and ethics
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