2. Alexander the Great and the Ancient Greek Language: From the Ionian Sea to the Indus Valley

Presenter: William Aylward
Featured Language: Greek
Department/Program: Department of Classics
Location: MU – Inn Wisconsin (2nd Floor East Wing) 
Time: 1:15pm-1:55pm
Session Status: OPEN

The legend of Alexander the Great lies at the heart of the perennial clash between East and West. In the wake of Alexander's conquests, Greek culture, and especially the ancient Greek language, was spread over 20,000 miles-territory now comprising 16 countries. Study of Ancient Greek offers an appreciation of these events and how they transformed what has now become the world around us. We will explore the meaning of Ancient Greek for our modern world within the framework of the Alexander legend.

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