Subject: History
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
College: Arts and Science
Department: History


Alexander the Great was one of the most successful generals of all time. Throughout the Classical era, he was the prototype of a successful conqueror, with generals everywhere striving to imitate his success (and sometimes even his appearance). And his legend continued to grow through the centuries, with new actions and accomplishments being ascribed to him as his legend was reimagined in order to fit the cultures of the societies where it was being retold. In this course we’ll examine Alexander’s actions while he was alive and the way that his legend grew after his death. We’ll analyze his military conquests and his cultural impact (including the role that women played in facilitating his rise to power and his attempts to merge Macedonian and Persian culture), as well as how fictionalized versions of Alexander’s life shaped views about him across Europe and the Middle East for over a thousand years.

Note(s): 6 credit units of senior-level HIST of which 3 credit units must be 300-level, or permission of the department.

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