I did not realize before that my family members and majority of people are so distant from the History knowledge, well just as I am. I asked my Dad(Mr.Knoweverything), cashier in Supermarket and my friend Tanya about Alexander the Great. I gave them all 3 simple questions:
- Who is Alexander the Great?
- What facts do you know about him?
- Where did you learn about Alexander?
Dad( age 51, at our home):
Alexander of Macedonia was a great conqueror and commander. He conquered land from Greece to India, if I am not mistaken. Oh, he invited a new style of battle with spears and shields, you know… He also built many large cities named in his honor – Alexandria.
Well, I actually studied about Macedonia when I was your age but also there were a lot of TV programs and documentaries about him.
Tanya(19, John Jay college):
Alexander the Great? Hmm…You know I skipped History classes in High School…I believe he was a King of something? I remember we definitely learned about him in 10th grade…
Hanna(22, at NetCost market)
Oh my God, I learned about him in school..He conquered half the world, died at age of 30. He founded the city of Alexandria, which was famous for its library. A good commander, but was severely beaten by the Scythians. Why you asking? Google it!
Their answers were really similar, they all learned about Alexander at the early stage of their life. By asking people about Alexander, I noticed that everyone talked about him in a positive tone, like he was a hero. Nobody said anything bad about a commander. This suggests that Alexander was really a prominent person that should be remembered.
In our class we discussed about Alexander’s achievements, role in history, growth of his empire and his life overall. While reading “The Romance of Alexander the Great by Pseudo-Callisthenes” I found a quote that proofs statement about Alexander’s success:
“He conquered many nations, twenty-two barbarian and twelve Greek. And he built twelve cities which still remain today, rich and complete and populated by countless people: Alexandria, which he built on the bullheaded horse…”(185,p 158)