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The Flowering of Hellenistic Culture

February 5 and 6, 2010
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

Alexander conquered the vast Persian Empire and founded Alexandria before dying in his 33rd year in 323 BCE. In the aftermath, Greek literature, learning, and art intermingled with Egyptian, Persian, Babylonian, and Hebrew cultures. The interplay of cultures caused ethnic, artistic, and religious conflicts and convergence. Nowhere did this convergence of cultures emerge more dramatically than in Alexandria, which became the royal seat of Hellenistic Egypt. Its Great Library and Museum and its Lighthouse—one of the ancient wonders of the world–became magnets for travelers from all around the Mediterranean and beyond. Though Alexandria’s original Library was destroyed long ago, another has risen from its ashes, and the luster of Hellenistic Civilization that flourished for three centuries after Alexander still endures.  
Co-sponsored by the Center for Modern Greek Studies at San Francisco State University
Moderator: William S. Greenwalt (Professor of Classics, Director of University Honors, Director of Lead Scholars, and Director of Fellowships, Santa Clara University)


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