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