Males konw more about Alexander the Great than female

I interviewed most of my friends and family members, and results came out as all the males that I interviewed knows somewhat about  Alexander, as well as most of the females were just heard about this name, but knowing nothing about this famous guy in history.

Steven Zhu, 19, one of my friend, interviews through facetime. Do you know who Alexander the Great was? Of course.  What do you know about him? He’s the Greek King who conquered lots of places, such as Macedonia, Egypt, Persia, and Asia. His empire was one of the largest empires in history, but then he stops to extend his empire because his army was tired and complained about it. He also speared the idea of Hellenism.Where did you learn about him? I don’t remember, maybe it’s from one of the books that I read before.


Yulin Lin, 18, cousin, at home. Do you know who Alexander the Great was? Yes. What do you know about him?He was born in the Macedonia (the capital city of Pala) and tutored by a famous scholar of Ancient Greece (he forgot the name, but this guy is Aristotle). when Alexander was 18, his expedition with his father. and when was 20 years old, he inherited the throne from his father. He is the greatest military genius in European history, he builts Macedonian Empire….(he said a lot) Where did you learn about him? from an anime call “Fate/zero” (he showed me a picture of Alexader the great in this anime)4023709f6ae24961e864ca56512f5a347cd1568d_hq

my cousin described a little about this anime, which is basically a war of Holy Grail between people, and these people have a special skill which they can summon the soul from the ancient world to help them win the war, Alexander was one of the soul that’s been summoned.

Lilly Chen, 19, one of my friend, at her house. Do you know who Alexander the Great was? I don’t know, but I heard this name before.What do you know about him? …He was a famous guy (obviously!). Where did you learn about him? I don’t know, I heard it from somewhere, maybe from my boyfriend.

From what all guys know and what learned from class, the information mostly matches, such as the Macedonian Empire, and the large armies. all the information were agreed with that Alexander was a genius in military strategists.



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The sculptures of Grace Church


I took this picture of the sculptures of the Grace Church in Manhatten because these sculptures are looks somewhat similar to the sculptures in Ancient Greek, specifically, the sculptures from Hellenistic Period. Why do I mention the time period? Because there was a huge difference between the sculptures from Classical Period and the Hellenistic Period. in the reading from Khan Academy “Ancient Greece, an introduction” it points out that the features of the Greek sculptures: free-standing, excellent smile, and contrapposto post. In the article “Art of the Hellenistic Age and the Hellenistic Tradition”,  The Hellenistic Period began after the death of Alexander, when Roman absorbed the Greek world into the vast empire, the ideas, arts, and the cultures have greatly impacted the Roman. “Hellenistic art is richly diverse in subject matter and in stylistic development,” wrote by the author from the reading. The sculptures in Hellenistic period started to have somewhat motion, which they were no longer standing in a contrapposto post. The arts have been influenced by cultures which it shows the diversity and composition. The sculpture was given life by the artics, which it told the story and expressed the feelings. The sculptures on the picture were telling the stories about this religion (I don’t know exactly what happened, but since it’s on the wall of the church…). look at the 3rd person from the right, the mouth is opening, the back is bending, he/she is looking forward, seems like want to get out of the wall or run away from something behind her/him. Even though these sculptures are not free-standing, they are more like the mural in the temple, but I believe arts must be related to each other.


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reading source, Ancient Greece, an introduction:

reading source, Hemingway, Colette, and Seán Hemingway. “Art of the Hellenistic Age and the Hellenistic Tradition.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. (April 2007)

The “best” society

Plato, in his idea of the Republic, he proposed five types of government: aristocracy (mainly “the best”, specializing in expert governance), timocracy (the government of honor), oligarchy (rule by wealthy minority), democracy (rule by the people as a whole—which a “mob” Plato saw), and tyranny (ruled by a desperate, who’s unselfish). The classification of Plato’s idea is a good starting point for us to think about the nature of our own government, and although we are not suitable for any of these types, it seems to express one of our political systems Elements. which is the political system in America now–DEMOCRACY.

In the article “ARE WE A DEMOCRACY”, the author talked about the society we are living in right now, which pointed out we are not”really “represented” by the people we elect, and, recently, the suspicion has grown that we, in fact, live in a plutocracy — a nation governed by the wealthy”.  Our democracy is different from Plato’s sense of democracy, which all major decisions are made by majority vote of all citizens. In fact, we are not actually a democracy, but a pluralistic politics – a complex intertwined many forms of government which combines all five types of Plato’s idea of the republic. And our challenge is to ensure our leaders have the power to protect their fundamental freedoms and to keep the balance between these elements. in other words, government still have the power to control our life, and this power is from people who don’t belives the freedom can be work out perfectly without a leader who leads the direction. For example, at present, the “less government” in fact means  the power to be elected and serve their bureaucracy will be smaller and the “oligarch” of the millionaire will have more power, and this will cause the leaders directly responsible for those who vote, and those who are based on wealth is not responsible. which is not what we want to see.



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the source from

Gary, Gutting. “Are We a Democracy?” New York Times, NOVEMBER 9, 2011 8:35 PM.


The other side of the ‘Wall’

As a huge, indestructible structure wall been declared to defend the territory and their inhabitants away from the invaders. The historical inspiration England’s Hadrian’s Great Wall makes the northern boundary of the Roman Empire, which was designed to separate the Romans from the barbarians. As the British writer and academic Richard Lockhurs side in the article, ‘THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL ‘ about the building walls: “[walls] are often gestural markers that serve more social, psychological, and symbolic purposes. They help a culture to define itself by keeping what it’s not at bay.” the wall is not only for protecting people from the barbarians but also prevent the spread of king’s power. on the inside of the wall, the people are controlled by the federal system, where had an unequal social status, as well as on the outside of the wall people believed in the democratic system. This wall has separated the ideas of how life should be, and the one who built the wall disagreed with the idea that came from the ‘outside world’. The wars between inside and outside the wall were not only defending their land from human invaders but good and evil, the traditional concept between people, the wall should be regarded as more metaphor than any other thing – no longer split our things, we are the same. this ‘wall’ has still appeared in society now, the wall that’s called the race, gender, social classes, and etc. languages and the looks were no longer the ways we use to judge people, and the ideas were no longer be control by the ‘King’.  the way we are being treated and the way we treat others are both showing the invisible walls that built in between people. we believe in ‘all men are created equal’, but are we really following what we are believing?

In the reading, Herodotus quoted “For Asia, with all the various tribes of barbarians that inhabit it is regarded by the Persians as their own; but Europe and the Greek race they look on as distinct and separate” which shows how Greeks thought that the people with different looks and speak languages other than Greece does not belong to their society, they are the outsider. the Greeks refused to accept those not understandable people and decided to be the enemy with these Barbarians.


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The other side of the wall:

all men are created equal:

quote from the reading Herodotus on the Persians, Book 1 Chapter 4