The Hellenistic Age: Crisis to Control

Through Crisis to Control: Political Lives, Power Strategies, and Succession in the Hellenistic Age

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

The death of Alexander the Great heralded a succession crisis unlike any other, which spanned generations and gave rise to the Hellenistic age, an era marked by warfare and innovation, calamity, and creation. From the wreckage of Alexander's empire emerged great ambition, and eventually the establishment of new definitions of power and legitimacy.

This project is interested in mechanisms of power in the Hellenistic age, through close examination of the lives of those ancient men and women who claimed power during this time. How do we understand this power? Who wields it, and how do these individuals persuade the public of their inherent right to lead? This project will focus on the lives of the Successors of Alexander the Great, or else fall within the broader Hellenistic Age, considering successful and unsuccessful strategies that were employed to gain influence and remain in positions of control. It may also explore how messages of power were conveyed to broader audiences, and how crises may have propelled innovation in this sphere.

Theses within this project might examine topics including: the development and creation of dynasties; the lives of individual rulers, the relationship between ruler and military forces; the creation of royal institutions, ruler-cult and exceptionalism; political imagery, propaganda and use of spectacle; succession strategies for transitions of power; and the role of women in power in dynastic presentation.

Primary Supervisor

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Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Other funding opportunities and fees

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Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus
  • First Class Honours in Classics, or equivalent, in relevant discipline

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Applications are open to applications from a Classics discipline background only (or equivalent)
  • English language score must be above minimum entry requirements for this project

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience in Ancient Greek and/or Latin language an advantage

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Charlotte Dunn to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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