Central Oregon–Mondays, February 27 and March 6, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Join Central Oregon member and history professor Bob Harrison for a fascinating two-part presentation about Alexander the Great, Macedonian king. Alexander III of Macedon (356- 323 B.C.) was born to parents King Philip II and Queen Olympia. Wikipedia provides the following details about him.
Legend saw him as a god: the son of Zeus and a descendent of Hercules. He is portrayed in the art of the time wearing a lion skin and carrying the club of Hercules. Macedonians believed in this, but the Greeks did not.
His Education: Alexander was tutored by Aristotle, the greatest teacher that money could buy.
His Father: Philip of Macedon had already conquered the Greek city states and was building an empire, but he divorced Alexander’s mother and had another child. Alexander is most likely implicated in murder of his father; he now becomes king.
His Empire: Alexander the Great conquers the vast Persian Empire in three battles and seeks to unite Greek west with the Persian east. He forced all of his generals to marry Persian wives. He himself married Persian Princess Roxanne, as well as two additional Persian wives.
His Death: A mysterious ailment (malaria?), heavy drinking, and a previous war wound resulted in his death on June 10, 323 BC, at the age of 32, in the city of Babylon.
His Legacy: It was produced by an array of historians including Ptolomey, who inherited part of his conquests (Egypt). His legacy far outdistances the culmination of the many historians who wrote about him. He is considered the greatest figure, hero, and god in the ancient world. Julius Caesar believed it—and that reputation remains today.
Bob Harrison taught history at Southern Oregon University, was a Fulbright Scholar, and taught previous OLLI courses on Islam, World War I, Britain in the Middle East, and Imperial Russia. He currently teaches history classes at COCC. Preregistration is required for these lectures. Watch your e-mail and eminders for announcements.