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Unformatted text preview: - Hellenistic culture and philosophy: -Alexander the Great (356-323 BCE) and rise of Hellenistic world: Alexander the Great and the Great Man theory of history (idea that throughout history there have been zeitgeists that epitomize their eras; Alexander believes that all men are of one people; Great Man theory is argued against by many historians, who believe it gives too much credit to individuals); the conquest of the Persian Empire (enables Alexander to move into Asia; Alexander great strategist and morale builder, but displays hubris when he attempts to invade India and loses confidence of troops)-the Hellenistic Kingdoms (Ptolemaic, Seleucid, and Antigonid): traditions of Greek culture thus live on in Mediterranean (fusion of East and West ideals called hellenization, leads to focus on the individual; this synthesis fosters a very creative time in history); the Hellenistic Kingdoms overshadow Greek idea of city states, lead to alienated individuals and the end of civic identity; end of democracy and introduction...
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This note was uploaded on 05/13/2011 for the course HIST 151 taught by Professor Hunziker during the Fall '07 term at UNC.
- Fall '07