Classics 190: Alexander and the Growth of Hellenism

Mid-Semester Examination


Part I (30 pts./30 minutes): Identify five out of the below ten terms from your lectures and reading. You will be graded upon your ability to supply a pertinent time frame, simple identification, and the significance for the purposes of this class of each term. Do not take excessive time in selecting the terms you will identify!

Indo-Europeans Olympia Aigai Cimon Jason of Pherae

Argeads Cunaxa Delium Perdiccas III Phocis

Part II (30 pts./30 minutes): You will be graded upon your ability to name the author, subject, and significance of two of the following three passages. Keep these parameters strongly in mind while composing your answer.

"When Alexander wrote requesting the Athenians to send him warships and the other orators opposed the idea, the Council invited Phocion to give his opinion. "My advice," he said, "is that you should either possess superior trength yourselves or be on good terms with those who do possess it."

". . . the suspicion was bound to arise that she was either privy to the murder or had instigated it. Her complicity cannot be at all confirmed, natural as it might seem in the case of so vindictive a character. But we must decidedly reject the idea that Alexander was implicated. That is a mere calumny of his enemies."

"Philip's army had won him control over Greece, but he could not afford to leave it idle. No sooner had he established peace there than he planned to invade Persia. The idead was not new. Ten years earlier the Athenian publicist Isocrates had addressed a speech to Philip urging this very course."

Part III (40 pts./30 minutes): In a coherent, organized essay, discuss the progress and nature of the Greek world's relationship to the Persian Empire up to 333 B.C.