Alexander the Conqueror

AlexanderCelena Zhao, sister, 15 years old, at home

Do you know who Alexander the Great was? Yeah.

What do you know about him? He was a king in Ancient Greek and conquered a lot of land.

Where did you learn about him? Global History class in school.

Anthony Zhang, cousin, 16 years old, text message

Do you know who Alexander the Great was? Yeah, kind of.

What do you know about him? He conquered a lot of land in Europe.

Where did you learn about him? School.

Susan Cheng, ex-coworker, 23, text message

Do you know who Alexander the Great was? Yeah.

What do you know about him? He spread Hellenistic culture through his conquests. He was educated by Plato when he was younger and died in Macedonia.

Where did you learn about him? Personal interest and college.

Between the people I asked one of the main similarities I found was that they know him as a conqueror. People usually remember Alexander the Great as a conqueror from Ancient Greece. Most of them learned about him in school, usually in a Global History class in high school or even middle school. Even though they did learn about him all they remember him for is how he took over so many territories. What was similar about their answers and what I leaned in class is that Alexander the Great conquered up to Egypt and the Indus River. For example, in “The Alexander Romance” by Pseudo Callisthenes, it discusses this, “Invincible and indomitable child. Long may you live, my lady, for you are pregnant with a boy who shall be your avenger and become world conquering king’ of the whole civilized universe” (13). However in our class we went more in-depth about the topic instead rather than just discussing his great conquests.  One of the things we learned about was Alexander the Great’s horse Bucephalus which can be considered as one of the most famous horses. Another thing were the coins of Alexander the Great and his two horns.

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The Golden Apple

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I recently bought few apples from the supermarket and I decided to use them since apples are a symbol of Aphrodite. The quote I chose is from the Homeric Hymn translated by Gregory Nagy, “Muse, tell me the things done by golden Aphrodite, the one from Cyprus, who arouses sweet desire for gods and who subdues the races of mortal humans and birds as well, who fly in the sky, as well as beasts” (Gregory Nagy, lines 1-4). This is from the beginning of the Homeric Hymn that addresses Aphrodite as the topic of this poem.  This quote characterizes Aphrodite because Cyprus is the birthplace of Aphrodite and where people worship her. Also this is characterizing Aphrodite as the goddess of love and beauty because she is described as being “golden” and how she can bring forth sweet desires between all beings. The number 5 is a symbol of Aphrodite because it indicates love and the perfection of the five senses. The apple is a symbol of love, fertility and ecstasy which is the goddess Aphrodite.

The word “golden” in the quote can also be a reference to the myth, “The Golden Apple of Discord”. In the myth, the golden apple had the writing “for the fairest” thrown into a wedding feast, where all the gods and goddesses were attending, by the Goddess of Discord, Eris as revenge for not being invited. The golden apple caused the goddesses to fight for the apple, in the end only three remain, Athena, Aphrodite and Hera. Zeus decided to let Pairs of Troy, a judge of extraordinary contests, decides who should get the apple. Athena and Hera tried to bribe Paris with wisdom and power, respectively, but Aphrodite bribed him the love of the most beautiful mortal woman in the world, Helen of Sparta. Paris accepted the gift from Aphrodite and gave her the golden apple that belonged to the fairest of all.

 

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