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Ch 10: Alexander & the Spread of Hellenistic Culture

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Watch video lessons to learn about Alexander the Great and his role in spreading Hellenistic Culture. Take self-assessment quizzes after each lesson to verify your comprehension of the chapter material.

Alexander & the Spread of Hellenistic Culture - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Over the years, a number of books and movies have been produced that explore the life of Alexander the Great. His story is one marked by tremendous success as a warrior, politician and empire builder. Through his own efforts and his empire's power, Alexander was instrumental in spreading Greek culture, a process known as Hellenization, throughout the known world. In this chapter, you'll delve deeper into Alexander's accomplishments as a leader. The lessons cover topics such as:

  • How Alexander the Great came to power
  • How Alexander was able to successfully spread Greek culture
  • What the advantages of Hellenization were
  • Who significant Hellenistic philosophers were
  • What elements of Greek culture and mythology appear in The Argonautica

VideoObjective
Alexander the Great and the Birth of HellenismDiscover Alexander's life and the factors that helped him be successful in his conquests.
The Library of Alexandria & The Benefits of HellenizationFind out how Alexandria became a center of learning and scholarship during the Hellenistic period.
Euclid, Archimedes & Ptolemy: Alexandrian Hellenistic PhilosophersExplore the multi-field accomplishments of major Hellenistic philosophers.
Schools of Philosophy in Antiquity: Cynics, Epicureans & StoicsGet details on the different ancient schools of philosophy and their impacts.
The Argonautica Plot Synopsis: The Myth of Jason and the ArgonautsExamine the plot, characters and themes in The Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes.

5 Lessons in Chapter 10: Alexander & the Spread of Hellenistic Culture
Alexander the Great and the Birth of Hellenism

1. Alexander the Great and the Birth of Hellenism

This lesson describes Alexander the Great's mighty empire. Beginning with a brief account of his father Philip, the lecture then turns to an enumeration of Alexander's conquests. Next, Alexander's methods are explored. Finally, we will discuss Alexander's legacy of Hellenization.

The Library of Alexandria & The Benefits of Hellenization

2. The Library of Alexandria & The Benefits of Hellenization

This lecture begins by examining the spread of the Greek language and alphabet during the Hellenistic period and noting the implications of a universal language. Next we look at four factors that combined to make Alexandria the heart of Hellenistic scholarship: common language, a convenient alphabet, papyrus and climate.

Euclid, Archimedes & Ptolemy: Alexandrian Hellenistic Philosophers

3. Euclid, Archimedes & Ptolemy: Alexandrian Hellenistic Philosophers

This lecture recounts the achievements of the many great minds that called Alexandria home. We will look at Euclid, Ptolemy, Archimedes, Aristarchus, Herophilos, Erasistratus and Eratosthenes.

Schools of Philosophy in Antiquity: Cynics, Epicureans & Stoics

4. Schools of Philosophy in Antiquity: Cynics, Epicureans & Stoics

In this lesson, we will study three schools of philosophy in antiquity: the Cynics, the Epicureans, and the Stoics. We will discuss the founder of each school, as well as its major characteristics.

The Argonautica Plot Synopsis: The Myth of Jason and the Argonauts

5. The Argonautica Plot Synopsis: The Myth of Jason and the Argonauts

This lesson offers a complete plot synopsis of 'The Argonautica' by Apollonius of Rhodes. Discover the main characters of this romantic twist of a classic Greek myth and learn the similarities between this and 'The Odyssey.'

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