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VCE Ancient History Workshop


This is a seminal workshop for students of ancient Greek history, Ancient Histories and History more broadly. The workshop is a thoughtful introduction to the discipline and spatio-temporal field of history itself. The session will encourage students to reflect on and analyse what history is and how they can use critical thinking processes to interpret and interrogate historical narratives, discourse, events, primary and secondary sources, and develop their sense of historical imagination and a balanced understanding. 

This workshop will encourage students to interrogate the nature of the archaeological record and travel through millennia of history on display at the Hellenic Museum including; Prehistoric, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, Byzantine, Neo-Hellenic and contemporary Greece and Greek art. Students will use museum exhibitions as a tool to encounter and access primary source evidence (artefacts) that tell the multidimensional story of ancient Greek civilisations, the crises they faced, innovations they produced and intercultural encounters they evolved through. Through Object-Based Learning approaches, students will engage with artefacts through their senses of touch and sight to gain deeper understanding about the past and how it can be interpreted.

The workshop will explore:

  • What history is, the nature of history and what kinds of questions historians pursue across time, 

  • The Greek historian Herodotus and the beginning of history in the Western world, 

  • Where history came from and how historical thinking has developed, 

  • Historical methodology and approaches to interpretation (especially related to Ancient Historical Studies), 

  • How history is presented in discourse and in museums.

Ideal for: Year 12 students (Unit 3-4 Ancient Histories Area of study 1 Greece: The political, social and economic elements of living in an ancient society)
Duration: 1 hour 45 mins 
Delivery: On-site at the Hellenic Museum

Classroom capacity: 30 students

Cost: $16 per student