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Department
Classical Civilization
Course
CLCV 1002
Professor
Roger Blockley
Semester
Winter

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April 4 , 2014 Exam: • True/false 20 questions 20% • 4 essays – 2 pages each The overthrow of the Persian Empire ushered in the Hellenistic Age. The initial response  to Alexander’s death did not look promising – generals starting fighting each other for  control over parts of the kingdom. Major powers emerged – the kingdom of Macedon  (controlled Macedon and Greece), the kingdom of Syria (controlled the coastland of the  eastern Mediterranean, Southern part of Ancient Minor after the fall of the Parthian  Empire), and the Egypt Ptolemy.  These major empires controlled significant empires, but  they were constantly at the state of conflict and the borders continued changing.   Characteristics of the Hellenistic Age/Kingdom • Alexander founded many cities that he saw of islands of Macedonia. The purpose of  the cities was to obtain land and provide administrative centers for the provinces of  Alexander’s kingdom, and to spread Greeks as the ruling class. The only area where  this pattern was not followed was in Egypt.  • The Greeks remained the elites in conquered lands. They considered themselves as  superior according to natural law. In Syria, there was an emergence of an oriental  elite, but was previously a fully Greek culture.  • The Greek city remained essentially a classical Greek city. One thing that disappeared  was its independence. You were a citizen of your Greek city and Rome. The polis had  disappeared – they were now the hubs of the administrative structure. The c
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