2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Oct 16, 2021  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

HIST 218H - Golden Age Greece and Rome

Credits: Four (4)
Prerequisite: Membership in Bascom Honors Program
I would rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent than in the extent of my powers and dominion. -Alexander the Great  Alexander III of Macedon: king, general, philosopher, or tyrant? The purpose of this honors seminar is to delve into the man known to us today as Alexander the Great and to examine his times, his personality, and his accomplishments. Through extensive reading and critical writing assignments, we will consider not only the immediate effect of Alexander’s exploits but the more enduring cultural impact of the resulting Hellenistic civilization. Even today, we live in the shadow of Alexander-a fact that we will explore by considering the portrayal of Alexander in modern-day books and movies, as well as the re-invention of Alexander to serve the agendas of nationalistic politics.