The East before and after Alexander the Great

The ancient Macedonian kingdom was not a political formation of merely local Greek importance. It was an outcome of the conquests of Alexander the Great and it gained universal prominence. The course syllabus aims to acquaint students with the Persian empire across its diversity. This parallel familiarization of the students with the economic, social and political structure of the Macedonian kingdom will enable them to distinguish the various origins of the elements that constitute the composite image of the Greek kingdoms of the East and especially when recognizing the original characteristics later adopted by the Roman Empire and through it by the modern European and other countries. From a cultural point of view they will be able to distinguish those elements that were reshaped and inherited in a great part of the world from Indochine to the American continent.