5: Alexander and the Aftermath

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Welcome to the Hellenistic World.  Again, we’ll do some myth-busting and start to think in earnest about the consequences of conquest and empire.  Most of our time will be spent in Alexandria, Egypt thinking about what it meant for the Ptolemies to establish a Greek dynasty amidst a thriving existing culture.

We’ll also talk some about the use and abuse of the history of this period to conceptualize and justify European world-views and policies.

 

Readings:

Pseudo-Callistenes, The Alexander Romance (prose)

Theocritus, Idylls 15 and 17 (EPUB, PDF)  (we return to a verse genre!)

 

Other key topics introduced in this class:

Pharaoh

cultural appropriation

papyrus

pan-Hellenism

Diadochi = Successors

spear-won territory

diadem

sycretism

vivisection

 

Blog Prompts for This Unit:

Egypt in NYC

Step 1: Find something that you believe is intended to look Egyptian in NYC and take a selfie with it. (2) Check the blog to make sure no-one has already used this exact thing! [This is a great time to comment thoughtfully on other posts.] (3) upload image to your blog post  (4) create a title that distinguishes your post from all the others (5)  include the exact location of where the photo was taken, link to location on Google Maps (6) write at least 250 words about: Who (do your think) decided this object should look Egyptian? Why might they have made that choice? What makes it seem Egyptian to you and other viewers?  Is this similar or different to Greek ideas about Egypt?  Use a quote from the readings to support your answer to the last question. (7) be sure to include the following tags as appropriate: EgyptinNYC, CLAS5

‘Common Knowledge’

Step (1): Find THREE friends or family or random strangers who are not in this class and who you are comfortable asking some questions (2) Ask them the following questions:  Do you know who Alexander the Great was?  What do you know about him?  Where did you learn about him? (3)  Write up the answers you received as a blog post, if they mention anything in their answers that could be illustrated with a picture, find a suitable illustration to include (4) Be sure to include who you talked to, their age, your relationship, their approximate age, and location of the conversation (e.g. Jazmin M., my daughter, aged 7, at our home OR Abdul, shop-owner, 20s maybe, corner of CIA and Avenue U)  (4) create a title that distinguishes your post from all the others (6) write at least 250 words about: What is similar about the answers you received?  How is this similar or different to what you learned in this class?  Use a quote from the readings to support your answer to the last question. (7) be sure to include the following tags as appropriate: Alexander, CLAS5, EveryoneKnows