Start Date

28-4-2016 9:00 AM

End Date

28-4-2016 10:15 AM

Subjects

Alexander the Great (356 B.C.-323 B.C.) -- Political and social views, Macedonia -- Politics and government -- 4th century B.C., Macedonia -- Social conditions -- 4th century B.C., Macedonia -- Kings and rulers -- History

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At the age 20, Alexander of Macedonia began his campaign. After inheriting Macedonia from his father, he would expand his empire, stretching from Ancient Greece to Asia Minor. Besides conquering the land, Alexander changed the land by connecting cultures, adopting foreign customs and expanding trade. Historians like Plutarch and Arrian of the Second Sophistic Age would call him Alexander the Great. But was he truly great? His military campaign was riddled with atrocities and unjustified murders, but history books still describe Alexander as a great man. This paper explores the viewpoints of antiquities greatest historians like Plutarch and Arrian, while also examining contemporary perspectives of Alexander’s life, questioning the validity of his greatness.

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http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/17120

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Apr 28th, 9:00 AM Apr 28th, 10:15 AM

Alexander of Macedonia and His Transformation Into Despotism

At the age 20, Alexander of Macedonia began his campaign. After inheriting Macedonia from his father, he would expand his empire, stretching from Ancient Greece to Asia Minor. Besides conquering the land, Alexander changed the land by connecting cultures, adopting foreign customs and expanding trade. Historians like Plutarch and Arrian of the Second Sophistic Age would call him Alexander the Great. But was he truly great? His military campaign was riddled with atrocities and unjustified murders, but history books still describe Alexander as a great man. This paper explores the viewpoints of antiquities greatest historians like Plutarch and Arrian, while also examining contemporary perspectives of Alexander’s life, questioning the validity of his greatness.