Alexander the Great and the Opening of the World
ALEXANDER THE GREAT
Opening Up The World * Asia's Cultures in Transition
Presented by The Reiss-Engelhorn Museums of Mannheim
October 3, 2009 to February 21, 2010
The exhibit follows the path of the Macedon King all the way to Central Asia and brings to life the cultural, economic, and social changes that were radically triggered in his passing. It shows how Alexander's campaign gave impetus to the process of Hellenization and the spreading of Greek culture. The exhibit is a collaboration of renowned museums from Europe and Central Asia. Many items on display will be presented to the public for the very first time.
An interview with Dr.Tellenbach, the exhibition director:
See video podcasts from the exhibition (in German).
A summary of the comments by Professor Dr. Alfried Wieczorek, head of the museum, as quoted in an interview with the German Press Agency dpa:
Alexander the Great was predominantly Greek and definitely not an ancestor of contemporary Slavic Macedonians. The latest research confirms that the Macedonians in the days of Alexander were closely related to the contemporary Greeks and could interact with them because they spoke the same language.
German museum man says Alexander the Great was mainly Greek, posted on Oct 2, 2009, on Monsters and Critics news site.
War Alexander der Große ein Grieche?, posted on Oct 2, 2009, on the Financial Times Deutschland site.
Alexander the Great and the opening of the world at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, is an article posted on Oct 30, 2009, on the American Chronicle site. It talks about the influence of the Greek civilization on the Eastern world as a result of Alexander's campaign.
Letter to President Obama
- On May 18th, 2009,
200 Classical Scholars from around the world, sent a letter to the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.
- On June 22nd, 2009,
an update with 332 signatures was sent.
Since then, the list of cosigners has grown to 374, see Addenda.
- On May 18th, 2009,
Macedonian coin, stating in Greek: "ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ"
(in English: "ALEXANDER'S")