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Course Description

(Cross-listed as CLS 0108) Examination of the life, myth, legend, and legacy of Alexander the Great. Focus on ancient, medieval, and modern accounts in an effort to understand perspectives on Alexander in his own time and how he becomes a heroic figure in variety of different religious traditions including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Discussion of his broader historical impact and the realities of the empire he created including forms of political organization, issues of security, and perceptions of identity. Investigation of how the historical Alexander relates to the Alexander of legend and myth.
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