Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness

TUE, DEC 7, 2004 (1:10:12)

Guy MacLean Rogers, professor of classical studies at Wellesley College, discusses his book, Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness, which examines the life of the historical figure. Alexander the Great died more than 2,300 years ago, but his life remains a source of fascination and speculation. Rogers describes Alexander the Great as a legend and an enigma. Wounded repeatedly but always triumphant in battle, he conquered most of the known world, only to die mysteriously at age 32. Rogers sifts through thousands of years of history and myth to uncover the truth about this complex, ambiguous genius. He also uncovers a few lessons which today’s leaders might find find useful.

+ BIO: Guy MacLean Rogers

Guy MacLean Rogers holds a Ph.D. in classics from Princeton University. He has received numerous grants and fellowships, including ones from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and All Souls College Oxford. His first book, The Sacred Identity of Ephesos: Foundation Myths of a Roman City, won the Routledge Ancient History Prize. Chairman of the Department of History of Wellesley College from 1997-2001, he grew up and still lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

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