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To explore the historical facts and literary constructions concerning Philip II and Alexander the Great.
This module explores the extraordinary careers of the Macedonian kings Philip II and, to a greater extent, his son Alexander the Great. It examines their rise to power, and attempts to explain the reasons for their military successes, by which in a short space of time Philip had conquered the Greek world and, Alexander, subsequently, moved the boundaries of that Greek world eastwards to the borders of India. Though Alexander's life met a premature end, the consequences of his conquests were far-reaching both politically and culturally, as various local cultures blended with the Greek; analysis of the nature and significance of these changes is central to the investigation.