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The Eternal Alexander: Reality, Myth, Legacy

Alexander III of Macedonia (356BC - 323BC), also known as Alexander the Great, is one of history’s greatest military leaders and the founder of the greatest empire the ancient world had ever seen. Charismatic, diplomatic, occasionally ruthless, visionary, he inspired his men to follow him anywhere. In about a decade, he created an empire that stretched across three continents: from Greece to the Punjab in India, and from the Danube to Egypt.

Join us on this fascinating short course, The Eternal Alexander: Reality, Myth, Legacy, where we explore how this vast empire came into being and how Alexander’s life and reign, the subject of fabulous myths, signalled the beginning of a new historical epoch, the Hellenistic Period, with a rich legacy celebrated in art and literature in cultures of the East and the West.

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Mon 11-Jan-21 6pm-8pm

Class code SSHC519H4AAA