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Emperor, Explorer, and God: Alexander the Great in the Global Imagination

 This course will survey the changing image of Alexander the Great from the Hellenistic world to the contemporary. We shall study the appropriation of his life and legend in a variety of cultures both East and West and discuss his reception as both a divine and a secular figure by examining a variety of media including texts (primary and secondary) and images (statues, coins, mosaics, illuminated manuscripts, film, and TV) in the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Jewish, Islamic, Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern contexts. In concluding the quarter, students will evaluate contemporary representations in film and popular culture, such as Alexander directed by Oliver Stone and Pop Art in order to better appreciate his enduring legacy.

Subject Code: 
CLASSGEN
Units: 
3
Term: 
Win
Course Number: 
109
Day/Time: 
MW / 1:15-2:30
Room: 
460-429
Type: 
Seminar