READINGS FOR "ALEXANDER THE GREAT"
CHATROOM
January 25-27 Introduction: Syllabus, Standards and Expectations Greece and Macedon to 359 BC
Greece: Penguin Historical Atlas (pp. 1-103)
Macedon: Green pp. 1-25
February 1-3 "Gates of Fire," Homer and the Greek ethos (guest discussant Prof. John Anzalone)
S. Pressfield, Gates of Fire
Philip II of Macedon, 359-336 BC
D.S. 16.69.7-95
Plut. Demosthenes 1-22; Phocion 1-16; Alexander 10
Green pp. 26-54, 62-110
February 8-10 Research Methodology Sources for Alexander the Great
All Excerpted by W. Murray, Univ. South Florida
Arr. Preface (p. 41); 7.30.1-3 (pp. 397-398)
Plut. Alex. 1.1-3
D.S. 17.1.1-4; 17.118.4; 1.1.1-3.5
Curt. 10.5.26-37
February 15-17 Alexander: his youth, his parents, his teachers: 356-338 BC (the battle of Chaironeia)
Plut. Alex. 1-9
Green pp. 54-62
Methodology Assignment due
In-class panel discussions
Alexander: the young prince, the accession and the crossing to Asia: 338-334 BC
D.S. 17.1-16
Plut. Dem. 23-24; Phoc. 17-18; Alex. 11-15
Arr. 1.1-11 (pp. 41-65)
Curt. 1 (pp. 19-22)
Green pp. 111-165
In-class panel discussions
February 22-24
Map of Alexander's route
Alexander's "First Empire": 334-331 BC (from the crossing to Asia to the departure from Egypt) (part 1)
Sources for 2/22, 2/24, 2/29:
D.S. 17.17-52
Plut. Alex. 16-28
Arr. 1.11-3.6 (pp. 65-155)
Curt. 2.1.1-4.8.6 (pp. 22-69)
In-class panel discussion
For 2/22:
Green pp. 165-208 & Appendix, 489-512
Alexander's "First Empire": 334-331 BC (from the crossing to Asia to the departure from Egypt) (part 2)
 
For 2/24:
Green pp. 208-243
February 29 - March 2
Map of Alexander's route
Alexander's "First Empire": 334-331 BC (from the crossing to Asia to the departure from Egypt) (part 3)
In-class panel discussion
For 2/29:
Green pp. 243-279
The "King of Asia": 331-324 BC (from the departure from Egypt and the battle of Gaugamela to Susa) (part 1)
In-class panel discussion
Sources for 3/21, 3/23, 3/28:
D.S. 17.53-107
Plut. Alex. 29-69; Dem. 25-26
Arr. 3.6-7.4 (pp. 155-352)
Curt. 4.8.9-10.1.45 (pp. 69-241)
Green pp. 279-339
March 7-9
Map of Alexander's route
The "King of Asia": 331-324 BC (from the departure from Egypt and the battle of Gaugamela to Susa) (part 2)
In-class panel discussion
For 3/7:
Green pp. 340-402
The "King of Asia": 331-324 BC (from the departure from Egypt and the battle of Gaugamela to Susa) (part 3)
In-class panel discussion
Topic Statement due
For 3/9:
Green pp. 402-453
March 21-23
Map of Alexander's route
The "King of Asia": 331-324 BC (from the departure from Egypt and the battle of Gaugamela to Susa) (continuation of the 3/9 discussion)
Green pp. 402-453
 
Alexander in Babylon: last plans; death in 324/3 BC
In-class panel discussion
D.S. 17.107-118
Plut. Dem. 27-31; Alex. 70-77
Arr. 7.4-30 (pp. 352-398)
Curt. 10.2.1-10.10.20 (pp. 241-257)
Green pp. 453-488
Thesis and Bibliography due (including one copy in the CHATROOM)
March 28-30
Film screening 3/26
Davis Auditorium, 7pm
Questions about the film
Thesis/Bibliography review
Preparation for Thursday's class:
  • Select any one work in your bibliography that includes an assessment of Alexander's life and career, read that assessment and then prepare to discuss it on Thursday. Please note in the CHATROOM by today's class the work and pages you will discuss.
Modern assessments of Alexander
  • Syncretism
  • Colonization & Hellenism
  • Imperialism
  • Res Gestae: "Great deeds"
  • Decline of polis and rise of federations & monarchies
April 4-6
Film screening 4/2
Emerson Auditorium, 6.30-8.30pm
"The Man Who Would Be King" discussion with Prof. John Anzalone
Questions about the film
Modern assessments of Alexander (cont.)
April 11-13 2 Project Reports: Mark, Jerry 3 Project Reports: Jamie, Doug, Danielle
April 18-20 3 Project Reports: Jill, Meredith, Tristan 3 Project Reports: Keith, Dan, Graham
April 25-27 3 Project Reports: Dusty, Matt, Nika 2 Project Reports: Caroline, Jennifer
May 2-4 Class assessment of Alexander (last class)