Course Description for Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
Prerequisites: HIS 3051 or permission of instructor
Alexander III, king of Macedon (336-323 BCE), led an army of Macedonians and Greeks on a campaign to conquer the Persian Empire. By the time he died of disease and exhaustion, he had brought much of the known world under his control. This course will trace the life of Alexander, starting with the career of his father Philip, a powerful king and conqueror of the Greek city-states. We will study the impact of Alexander's conquests on the world and examine the ancient sources that preserve the record of his achievements. We will attempt to understand the man himself and to place him against the background of the social and political forces which transformed the ancient world.