Education and Science in the Hellenistic Greece Analytical Essay by hungry2347

Education and Science in the Hellenistic Greece
An analysis of the influence of government on education and science in the Hellenistic age of Ancient Greece.
# 147281 | 1,890 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Mar 09, 2011 in History (Greek and Roman)

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This paper examines the great impact that changing governments and politics of Hellenistic-age Greece had on the intellectual progress of that era. In particular, the paper asserts that, not only was education made more readily available to the masses at the expense and order of the kings and their kingdoms, but the educational system was also strengthened and homogenized across Greek cities. The paper further contends that the monarchies of Hellenistic Macedonian Greece exercised great control and influence over the great scholars of the time. Governments even went so far as to influence the topics of study among intellectuals in order to further their respective kingdoms. The paper concludes, therefore, that political power was a significant force that swayed intellectualism into favor.

From the Paper:

"During the Hellenistic age, Ancient Greece began to colonize Asia and Africa, conquering and building many cities spread across the surrounding area that became well known centers of Greek culture. One of the most important Greek cities during this time, in terms of both educational and cultural worth, was Alexandria. Along with the spread of the Hellenistic Greece went the Hellenistic style of civilization. Although the Macedonian kingdoms were largely in command of most of Ancient Greece at this time, the Greek culture continued to be preserved and championed among leaders and people alike. The Greek's belief in the importance of education was of great interest to the kings and their subjects. With the beginnings of great ideas on the cusp of scientific discovery being shared and the study of them encouraged, it is no wonder that knowledge of science, philosophy, and mathematics expanded rapidly during this time."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aristotle. The Politics of Aristotle. a treatise on government,. Trans. William Ellis. London: Dent, etc., 1912.
  • Chamoux, Francois. Hellenistic Civilization. Trans. Michel Roussel. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2003.
  • De Souza, Philip. "Greek Warfare and Fortification." The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World. Ed. John P. Oleson. New York: Oxford UP, 2008. 673-90.
  • Joyal, Mark, Iain McDougall, and John Yardley. Greek and Roman Education. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2009.
  • Lloyd, G. E. R. Greek Science After Aristotle. New York: Norton, 1973.

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