Was Alexander Great? The Life, Leadership, and Legacies of History’s Greatest Warrior

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Was Alexander Great? The Life, Leadership, and Legacies of History’s Greatest Warrior

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Alexander the Great conquered most of the world known to the ancient Greeks, fused the eastern and western peoples of his empire, and became a god – before his 33rd birthday. This course explores the life, leadership, and legacies of history’s warrior, and one of its most controversial leaders, an ambiguous genius whose story helps us to understand not only the history of warfare, but also different ideas about human sexuality, the history of relations between east and west, and the religious beliefs both of ancient polytheists and modern monotheists.

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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 9 months ago
This is both entertaining and educational, a delight to partake in, well presented and worth the time to complete. You will learn something and be the better for it.
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7 years, 3 months ago
The course was very interesting and entertaining.  I was motivated to read Roger's book, watch documentaries and movies, and follow along with each lecture.  For those intending to take this course I highly recommend that you pay attention to the discussions.  During the early parts of the course I was motivated to watch, read, and contribute early, but as the course progressed I became more and more appreciative of reading other's comments and chose to work through the material later in the week to gain the advantage of these contribution.  My one and only gripe with the course was the quizzes which had a strong focus on "minor" characters rather than major themes.  But as I'm one of those who has a bad memory for names, you can understand my bias here.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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7 years, 2 months ago
Well presented and produced course.  Sufficiently challenging quizzes to keep the interest up.  As mentioned elsewhere, Guy MacLean Rogers enthusiasm and knowledge for Alexander the Great carries the course along.
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 3 months ago
I never enjoyed a course so much as I did with this one. Professor MacLean has made it worth too. I will take part of it again, once it is offered as I wanted a "recognission" of it but due to work load couldn't this time.
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7 years, 3 months ago
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7 years, 3 months ago
This course was truly enjoyable and it covered much more than I expected in the beginning .  The only regret I have is that I wasn't able to participate more in the discussions forums . I also take this opportunity to give my thanks to professor Guy MacLean Rogers for this amazing course and to edx for making this course available.
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 3 months ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the course.  It made me think again about what I knew or thought I knew about Alexander and the world in which he lived.  It put a lot of it into an international context in way I had never thought about before and also made me rethink about history and its progression since the time of Alexander. This is a course I would be happy to recommend to anyone interested in the subject
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7 years, 3 months ago
This is my favorite EdX course. I learned so much and enjoyed the way the course was taught more than any other course I've taken so far. Professor MacLean Rogers made Alexander come alive for me. I miss his lectures and hope he will teach more EdX courses in the future.
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 5 months ago
As a retired senior Navy officer with an affection for history, the course exceeded my expectations and Professor Roger's enthusiasm for the subject was infectious. It was my second MOOC and I plan on taking more.
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9/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 5 months ago
What an absolute delight this course has proven to be. I have never been a fan of Alexander and consequently all of my prejudices had to be confronted and either proven or be overcome. Resultantly, Professor Rogers has placed me in the humble position of having to accept that if you know what your talking about then you can say you have an opinion. This course is wonderful both within its scale and also as a reflection of its depth of material. At all times I have been entertained, captivated and educated by the substance, delivery and sincerity of style of Professor Rogers whose lectures I have looked forward to as rewarding deliveries of what has been a totally satisfying experience. For anyone with an inkling of curiosity for Ancient History I have to unhesitatingly recommend the experience of this course and therefore hope it is repeated for the benefit of others. On a final note I cannot forget all of the support staff who have ... What an absolute delight this course has proven to be. I have never been a fan of Alexander and consequently all of my prejudices had to be confronted and either proven or be overcome. Resultantly, Professor Rogers has placed me in the humble position of having to accept that if you know what your talking about then you can say you have an opinion. This course is wonderful both within its scale and also as a reflection of its depth of material. At all times I have been entertained, captivated and educated by the substance, delivery and sincerity of style of Professor Rogers whose lectures I have looked forward to as rewarding deliveries of what has been a totally satisfying experience. For anyone with an inkling of curiosity for Ancient History I have to unhesitatingly recommend the experience of this course and therefore hope it is repeated for the benefit of others. On a final note I cannot forget all of the support staff who have been absolutely meticulous and diligent to each and every enquiry and with particular acknowledgements to David O’Steen. Thank you all and I hope I am able to join you in future events. In the meantime my sincere thanks and best of regards to everyone involved.
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7 years, 3 months ago
Excellent - on reflection I think this course worked for me because it was superbly structured and sympathetically framed. There were opportunities to discuss topics at the end of each weekly chapter with like minded peoples around the world. For individuals, of a mind, the quizzes and tests helped, I think, by consolidating the learnings. Many of the historical readings are free - there is no requirement to purchase Guy Rogers' book - I did though and it did help me in further integrating the videos, comments, and discussion. This is the future of learning and I am so pleased I had the opportunity to experience this course - it sets an exciting expectation in life long learning ... and we always remember our first time :)
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 3 months ago
I hope Professor McLean considers teaching a MOOC on Alcibiades.
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3/10 starsDropped
7 years, 3 months ago
Dr. Rogers is obviously a top professor, knows the subject cold, etc. But, this being my first MOOC experience, I wouldn't recommend it--not for the course material or the professor, but for the fact that this isn't real teaching, which requires a real, two-way engagement,  not the professor talking to a camera, and student writing some blog post or answering general questions. If you want to gain access to Professor Rogers' knowledge of Alexander, buy his book (I did, and it's superb).
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 3 months ago
Outstanding!!!!It is the perfect course for knowing Alexander the Great better. It was very detailed and gave many information that I didn't knew.
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 5 months ago
When I found the course on edX, I was not sure if I was so interested in Alexander and I clicked simply audit the course but after almost 8 weeks, I decided to check the topics and I had three days to complete the term exams of 8 weeks. I could only do two exams in two days and at that point, when it was 20:00 o’clock the last night, I had to decide if I really wanted and if I could do the rest of term exams in one night. Alexander inspired me that night; I fought against my weariness and my weakness. Falling asleep I sent my answerers and when it was 8 o’clock in the morning here next day, the time was over and my work too. I learned something more about courage and resistance, something about the human part that every person has and it shows us how far we can go in this life if we want and Alexander was not as different as I thought. I learned about Alexander’s values, his culture and his problems. Now when the course is over I can... When I found the course on edX, I was not sure if I was so interested in Alexander and I clicked simply audit the course but after almost 8 weeks, I decided to check the topics and I had three days to complete the term exams of 8 weeks. I could only do two exams in two days and at that point, when it was 20:00 o’clock the last night, I had to decide if I really wanted and if I could do the rest of term exams in one night. Alexander inspired me that night; I fought against my weariness and my weakness. Falling asleep I sent my answerers and when it was 8 o’clock in the morning here next day, the time was over and my work too. I learned something more about courage and resistance, something about the human part that every person has and it shows us how far we can go in this life if we want and Alexander was not as different as I thought. I learned about Alexander’s values, his culture and his problems. Now when the course is over I can say Prof. Rogers is great and the course too. I am happy I took that decision that night and I did my best because it was worth. I will miss this course’s lectures. Thank for your time Prof. Rogers!
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6 years ago
Of the 10 MOOC's I have completed this has been one of my favorites. Prof Rogers is an excellent lecturer and the course organization is first class. As a another reviewer said so well Prof Rogers truly brings Alexander to life with his vivid descriptions. I looked forward every week to the next lecture release to hear the next chapter in Alexander's story. I described the course as medium difficulty only because there is a lot of material we go through but Prof Rogers makes it easy with his riveting talks. The exams are fact based so they are relatively easy if you view all the lectures and do the work. If you have any interest in history this course is a must. Kudos also to the course team who managed the technical side so perfectly and thank you to WellesleyX for putting on such a fabulous course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 5 months ago
I am finishing this class. I loved it! Professor Rogers does an excellent job of presenting different aspects of Alexander and posing thought provoking questions which allows you to come to your own conclusions about this ancient Macedonian hero who accomplished what many believed to be impossible. Professor Rogers is an excellent instructor and I would take any classes he instructs.
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 5 months ago
Alexander has always been one of my favorite people to study and Prof Rogers brings him to life with such vivid details and descriptions that I feel like I was in battle fighting along side him at times. This course is a must for any history buff or anyone who wants to know more about this larger than life warrior.
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