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Engineering An Empire

Season 1 Episode 4

Greece: Age of Alexander

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 23, 2006 on The History Channel
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Greece: Age of Alexander
See the engineering feats of Greece under Alexander the Great.

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  • A mighty force on the battlefield and in the cultural world as well, Alexander the Great remains a legend centuries after his death.

    Born the son of King Philip of Macedonia, Alexander started life at the apex of society and was not about to move down. Yet even Philip, who expounded Hellenic culture and military might all over the Mediterranean world, would have been thunderstruck by the sweeping victories of his son's reign.

    Macedonia is north of Greece, and even in our own day has been the subject of dispute between that country and Yugoslavia. In ancient times, however, it was its own kingdom, with Greek language and culture. Neighboring countries sometimes referred to it as a backwater. Alexander and the people of his time were not about to take this insult. When Alexander ascended to the throne, he set about on military campaigns that subjugated land from Egypt to the Far East. His settlers and tradesmen brought Hellenic art, construction and language to societies far and wide.

    Yet like any other mortal, even Alexander's time had to come to an end. He was felled not by the sword or the spear, but by a common illness. His achievements are still the source of wonder today, as this revealing documentary shows. One of the best episodes of a thoroughly enjoyable series.moreless

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    • Narrator: They were the outcasts of the Greek world until one man would rise and take his people to the heights of empire. Alexander the Great employed the latest technology to conquer civilizations, transforming the land from Egypt to India into a new Greek world. But there are no kingdoms without a king, and with Alexander's swift and stunning demise, his empire would crumble almost a quickly as it was built.

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    • Commentators:

      Richard Billows
      Columbia University

      Barry Strauss
      Cornell University

      George Zarkadakis
      Focus Magazine

      Christopher Ratte
      New York University

      Clairy Polyvou
      Aristotle University of Thessaloniki