Lecture: Alexandria

Event Date: 
Friday, February 5, 2010 - 15:45

February 5th & 6th, 2010. Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Avenue, 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, Iranian, 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 wonders of the ancient 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. Moderator: William S. Greenwalt (Professor of Classics, Santa Clara U.)