The Greek Alexander Romance. Ancient Greek Novels: The Fragments (with Jack Winkler, 1995); Seeing Double: Intercultural Poetics in Ptolemaic Alexandria(2003); Classics and National Cultures (With Phiroze Vasunia) will appear this year. Respect had to be shown to them or you suffered the consequences. Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum, a digital library of Latin literature. De Selincourt, Aubrey (transl). Cambridge, NY: Cambridge U. In the world of medicine, Herophilus and Erasistratus followed Aristotle's empirical methods while doing their work in comparative anatomy. "(9) This concept of cosmopolitan developed side-by-side with the Macedonian rulers. Why did Alexandria become a destination for so many people of all races, creeds, and professions? In Alexandria: City of the Western Mind, Theodore Vrettos wrote that Alexandria was special and different from other large ancient cities of the Mediterranean. by Kay Cicellis, 1974. 2, 1989. Out of their work came the canonization of books, the first bibliographies, and biographies. They contended that Greek philosophy had derived its concepts from Jewish sources and that there was no contradiction bet… Alexander’s Pictorial Legacy Ungaretti, Giuseppe. Among his publications are numerous articles about the history and archaeology of ancient Macedonia, and the history and historiography of Alexander the Great. Michael Grant calls "Theocritus his own unique person, who combined the greatest contradictions of the age: an urge to see things as they truly were and its counter-urge: to withdraw from this reality into the peace of mind that is invulnerable to its blows. Co-sponsored with the Commonwealth Club Member-led Forum on the Humanities. Among these was the establishment of their dynastic legitimacy among different domestic constituencies while simultaneously facing international challenges. —. 2:30 pm Hellenistic philosophy stressed the private individual's search for happiness, with the Cynics emphasizing animal satisfaction and the Stoics emphasizing reason. Callimachus of Cyrene, besides being the author of the Pinakes and the chief librarian, also divided literature into the categories we use today and wrote poetry. From 1984 to 1990 he was President of the Association of Ancient Historians. 2:30 pm Publications of the Association of Ancient Historians, No. Plutarch tells us that Alexander went to Egypt and liberated the Egyptians from Persian rule, which they had suffered under since the 6th century BC occupation. Different perceptions may account for many of the discrepancies. The Greek World After Alexander, 323-30 BC. The History Channel’s The True Story of Alexander the Great (2004; 2hrs 30min; available on Netflix) gives a reasonably balanced account drawing on both ancient and modern sources with high-quality production values. Periplus Publishing, 1998. Related Events Flaubert. Gustave. As Alexander’s Empire dissolved and the Ptolemies established their control over Egypt and a few outlying areas, they were faced with many daunting challenges. The Christians? Flaubert. Transl. —. Carol G. Thomas. This map shows the spread of Hellenistic culture after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE.During his rule over an empire that stretched across Europe and Asia, Alexander the Great established the city of Alexandria, which was connected by trade routes (shown in red) to other major cities such as Babylon, Persepolis, and Bactra.These, and other cities, became "Hellenized" as they … He also appointed Dinocrates of Rhodes to be his chief architect for the project. Keeley, Edmund. Co-sponsored with the Commonwealth Club Member-led Forum on the Humanities. The Egyptology Online website provides a capsule history of the city, while the significance of the ancient Library and its modern re-incarnation are discussed on the travel-oriented site, Sacred Destinations. This lecture examines its threefold image of the country: the Hellenized Delta; the Egyptian chora; and the wilds of Nubia. This list is for those who would like to do a little background research for the upcoming program about Alexander and Alexandria, but don’t have much time. One could apply for it by writing an ode to the king as Theocritus did for Ptolemy and then for his son, or a person could be sought after by the king. 5:30pm Reception, 6pm Lecture During its three earliest centuries, it was perhaps the leading cultural center of the world, home to people of different religions and different philosophies. Interesting Links: Wednesday January 13, 2010 Set amid the corrupt glamour and intrigues of 1930s Alexandria, Durrell’s novel gives a very vivid portrait of modern Alexandria. Pollitt, Jerome J. Alexander the Great. Textual and visual sources suggest that Alexander the Great was not just a brutal conqueror but that he also possessed and exhibited a certain human complexity. “Alexander hoped the genius of Hellenism would be perpetuated here, a metropolis of culture to benefit the entire world.”2 After the death of Alexander, his “Hellenistic empire” was fought over by his generals because Alexander left no obvious heir to his empire. Hellenistic monarchs such as the Ptolemies supported trade by projects like the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria. Dramatic and comedic playwrights were also encouraged to put aside political issues and were no longer able to poke fun at their powerful kings. Before Clarie, Thomas. They would not, however, give up their own religion, nor could they accept the prevailing Hellenistic culture with its … P.O. It was also a city in which Greek and Egyptian cultures must have mixed. Alexander the Great. His awards include Distinguished Teaching Award, UC Berkeley, and the James H. Breasted Prize (for The Hellenistic World and the Coming of Rome, 1984). Humanities West Book Discussion He has held distinguished visiting professorships at the University of Washington, Trinity University, and Carleton College, and has been a visiting professor and special research fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. It blended Greek with Egyptian, Persian, and Indian influences. Life of Man, introduction by Allen Mandelbaum, 1958. Clarendon Press, 1966. The Greek-speaking Jews of Alexandria were familiar with the works of the ancient Greek poets and philosophers and acknowledged their universal appeal. He has lectured widely on the history and archaeology of ancient Macedonia, and has chaired the Lecture Program Committee of the Archaeological Institute of America, for which he has been an annual lecturer since 1975. The Hellenistic Age. Its harbours were also an important part of why he chose that area of Egypt to become the capital of his empire. Cambridge: Cambridge U. Hellenistic art is richly diverse in subject matter and in stylistic development. Currently, she is the Associate Editor of the Arts and Humanities of theJournal of Modern Greek Studies, a refereed interdisciplinary journal published by Johns Hopkins Press. (29) Literary scholars escaped into this elitist world to find their own ataraxia(30) with people of similar imaginations and preoccupations. But we do know that men like Aristophanes of Byzantium worked there and spent his life reading and re-reading every book in the library. As an important trading post between Europe and Asia, it profited from the easy overland connection between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. There were two institutions in Alexandria devoted to the preservation and study of Greek culture, which helped to exclude non-Greeks. Publications include editions of literary and documentary papyri belonging to the Oxyrhynchus (P.Oxy. A wonderful and witty legend has it that Ptolemy II, the Hellenistic ruler of Egypt, summoned the most learned Jewish scholars from Jerusalem to his court to render the Hebrew Bible into Greek. William S. Greenwalt received his BA, MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. Ada Cohen is an Associate Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College, where she teaches courses primarily on ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Near Eastern Art, as well as theory and method. Hassan, Fekri (ed.). What was koine? Sunday January 24, 2010 Hellenistic Alexandria was best known in those times for the Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos) one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Menander used this work in writing his entertaining plays. 5:30 pm Reception, 6:00 pm lecture London, NY: Routledge, 2004. (51) Some believed that this kind of wealth promoted the creation of forgeries. The Egyptology Online website provides a capsule history of the city, while the significance of the ancient Library and its modern re-incarnation are discussed on the travel-oriented site, Sacred Destinations. I have two exhibits which I want to draw to your attention - one from the East Coast The American Research Center in Egypt ARCE) Northern California Chapter has a page with summaries of lectures delivered at its membership meetings, as well as links to selected Egypt websites. Press, (forthcoming).   The Cultural Policies of the early Ptolemies: Alexandria and Beyond Alexandria, major city and urban governorate in Egypt. Art in the Era of Alexander the Great: Paradigms of Manhood and Their Cultural Traditions. The Library of Alexandria: Centre of Learning in the Ancient World. Romm, James (ed.). With traditional political religions no longer adequate, people turned to magic and mystery religions, with salvation or soteria, the object of their religious practises. The monarchs wanted poets in their courts and libraries, and scholarly people working on scientific research for them. The struggles of the Diodochi discouraged the writing of any poetry that was not purely fictional. The books on its shelves were the medium by which scientists, philosophers, poets, historians, and musicians of antiquity enriched human experience with their research and creativity. Clarie, Thomas. Reservations: 415-393-0100 or email the Mechanics’ Institute. The scientific contributions of the Museum were far-reaching: history, applied science, mathematics, optics, psychology, applied medicine, botany, hydraulics, engineering, and mechanics. He served for many years as consultant to the American Publishing Industry for charitable book projects in Africa and Asia, and he was advisor to the National Libraries of Nigeria and China. Miramar, translated by Fatima Moussa Mahmoud, 1993. (40) But the greatest stars of Hellenistic Alexandria were the poets, whose work became very scholarly. His publications have focused on the early development of ancient Macedonia, in which area he continues to be active. Allen Lane, 1973; Penguin, 1994, 2004. Berkeley, Los Angeles: U. of California Press, 1998. The sheer amounts of knowledge collected and uncovered on Alexander's journeys opened up a whole world of facts. Oxford U. Alexandria in Literature "(36) Books were mostly purchased at huge book markets in places like Athens and Rhodes. — and Pseudo-Callisthenes. Regina Press, 1995. 57 Post Street, San Francisco. Faces of Power: Alexander’s Image and Hellenistic Politics. (1993); Hellenistic Constructs: Essays in Culture, History, and Historiography (co-ed.) Flaubert in Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour. He offers a number of courses from an introduction to classical culture to seminars in Greek and Roman History. Alexandria had a large population. Cohen, Ada. Erich Gruen (History, UC Berkeley). After the Battle of Ipsus, it became evident that the great Hellenistic monarchs were destined to share in Alexander's conquests. The Alexander Mosaic: Stories of Victory and Defeat. This lecture addresses various layers of complexity embedded within works of art depicting Alexander or other “model” men of his cultural environment, which often highlight aggression. The Ancient Library at Alexandria: Facts and Fictions 5:30 pm Reception, 6:00 pm Salon Cambridge: Harvard, 2004. What was the scribal culture like that enabled the collection and maintenance of so many books? The Hellenistic Age. Seattle: U. of Washington Press, 1998. NY: Brazilier, 1973. Hellenistic Greece. Cavafi, C. P. C. P. Cavafi: Collected Poems. Alexander’s life has also been the subject of many TV and video documentaries, of variable quality. Free and open to the public Berkeley, Los Angeles: U. of California Press, 1998. Room 20, Barrows Hall, University of California Berkeley The Hellenistic World (from the Greek word Hellas for Greece) is the known world after the conquests of Alexander the Great and corresponds roughly with the Hellenistic Period of ancient Greece, from 323 BCE (Alexander’s death) to the annexation of Greece by Rome in 146 BCE. (Paperback, 2002; 158 pp.) William Greenwalt, Moderator. Ibn-Battuta. Humanities West Board Fellow Dimitrios Latsis has archived selected program materials, including audio of lectures and performances if available, at the non-profit Internet Archive here. Eugene N. Borza is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History at The Pennsylvania State University, where he served on the faculty from 1964 until his retirement in 1995. He is also Destination Lecturer for the Seaborn and SilverSea Cruise Lines and has returned to school to pursue a degree in theology. (Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea). The originals would be kept by him and the copies given to the owners. NY: Henry N. Abrams, 2002. The History Channel’s The True Story of Alexander the Great (2004; 2hrs 30min; available on Netflix) gives a reasonably balanced account drawing on both ancient and modern sources with high-quality production values. Martha Klironomos, Professor of English and Modern Greek Studies, is the Director of the Center for Modern Greek Studies, the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair, at San Francisco State University where she has been teaching courses in Modern Greek language and literature as well as Comparative and English literature courses since 1996. The Hellenistic Age was the period of Greek Culture between the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC, when the Roman Empire absorbed Greece and other parts of the Greek world around 31 BC or 27 BC. Oxford: Oxford U. (43) During his life he had lived both in the country and in cities, and tried to bring both realities together to present a realistic picture of how people really lived and what they were confronted with on a daily basis. Ada Cohen is an Associate Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College, where she teaches courses primarily on ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Near Eastern Art, as well as theory and method. In Hellenistic Alexandria, she became identified with Arsinoe II, wife of Ptolemy II, and with later Ptolemic queens. What was their legacy? The Library Of Alexandria And Its Revival Thursday, February 11, 2010 She was Osiris' mother and consort, the glory of women. Susan Stephens is Professor of Classics, Stanford University (PhD Stanford). The emphasis is on resources that are concise, easily accessible in a variety of formats, and aimed at a general (rather than scholarly) audience. —. He is also Destination Lecturer for the Seaborn and SilverSea Cruise Lines and has returned to school to pursue a degree in theology. 1923, 1983. Two things are certain about Alexander the Great. Art in the Hellenistic Age. Ungaretti, Giuseppe. The gold was beaten into shape or cast in molds. Press, 1995. (50), Forgeries were an ongoing problem in Alexandria as in other Hellenistic capitals because the kings were afraid their libraries would lose out on important manuscripts. What happened to the library? Centers of cultural activities in the Hellenistic era no longer centered around Athens, but instead, could be found in the capital cities of the great Hellenistic kings. Among these was the establishment of their dynastic legitimacy among different domestic constituencies while simultaneously facing international challenges. Commonwealth Club of San Francisco (16) Exports were the foundation of wealth for the Ptolemaic or Lagid dynasty - Egyptian exports, as well as raw materials discovered in other parts of Africa. The Modern Library, 2007. His awards include Distinguished Teaching Award, UC Berkeley, and the James H. Breasted Prize (for The Hellenistic World and the Coming of Rome, 1984). NY: Penguin Group, 2006. Hellenistic Culture is the blending of Greek, Persian, Indian, and Egyptian elements. The other Hellenistic states -Macedonia, Pergamon and Syria in Greece and Asia Minor and Syria-Mesopotamia progressively came under control of Rome and … Press, 2008. Stevens, Susan. Choose from 500 different sets of chapter 5 hellenistic culture history flashcards on Quizlet. Professor Andrew G. Jameson Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood's Reading of Sophocles' Antigone. Cambridge: Harvard, 2004. He has held distinguished visiting professorships at the University of Washington, Trinity University, and Carleton College, and has been a visiting professor and special research fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. This city was located near the mouth of the Nile River on the Mediterranean Sea. The Muslims? —. The Septuagint also made Judaism accessible to people of other faiths, who were curious about the basis for the Jewish religion. 45) and the Yale (P. Yale II) collections. Seattle: U. of Washington Press, 1998. 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