Quantifying the Wealth Accumulated by Alexander the Great

The detail of the Alexander Mosaic showing Alexander the Great / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Frank L. Holt / 04.16.2018 Professor of History University of Houston Socrates believed that the unexamined life is not worth living. Modern technology has morphed that philosophy into a data-driven movement called the Quantified Self. Fitbits and iPhones record our REM sleep, skin[…]

Alexandria, Egypt: The Legacy of Its Great Founder

By Dr. Joshua J. Mark / 03.07.2018 Professor of Philosophy Marist College Alexandria is a port city located on the Mediterranean Sea in northern Egypt founded in 331 BCE by Alexander the Great. It is most famous in antiquity as the site of the Pharos, the great lighthouse, considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, for the Temple of Serapis, the Serapion,[…]

A Hero’s Journey and the Dance of Dragons

Initial P: Alexander the Great Carried Aloft by Griffins, about 1300, unknown artist, in the Historia Scholastica. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XIII 1, fol. 222v; Alexander the Great in the Air (detail), about 1400–10, unknown artist, in the World Chronicle. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 33, fol. 221 In the Middle Ages, stories of Greek[…]

Archaeologists Excavate Center for Iron Production under Alexander the Great

An aerial view of the Ancient Thracian mound which has turned out to hide the ruins of the residence of a provincial governor and an iron-making center from the empire of Alexander the Great and Lysimachus. Photo: TV grab from BNT By Ivan Dikov / 10.23.2017 Archaeology in Bulgaria Archaeologists have unearthed a 2,300-year-old facility for[…]