The Hellenistic Civilization

Everywhere Alexander goes he plants the Greek language, Greek ideas, Greek customs, and Greek Religion. This is done mainly by establishing new cities populated in part by Greeks and Macedonians. The new cities are designed to rule the local regions of his empire. They are also intended to be trading centers for his empire. They become the heart of what survives of Alexander's empire after his death.

The mix of culture in his empire is great. The cultures of the various civilizations he has come to rule blend nThat is because Alexander is tolerant of all cultures. It is an attitude and policy his Macedonian soldiers do not like in the least. Barbarians are barbarians they think. However, Alexander is king. He decides. He chooses to accept the cultures of his conquered people as valuable.

Rather quickly, these cultures mix within Alexander's realm. By the time of his death, he has started a new civilization. It will span the Mexiterranean world for centuries.

Lighthouse of Alexandra - commerce

In time, Alexandria becomes the center of the Hellenistic Civilization. It is the center of learning. It has the Mexiterranean World's greatest library.

Library of Alexandra -knowledge

The Romans are influenced by Hellenism. Most people in the Hellenistic world speak two or possibly three languages if the were city dwellers. They spoke the local language. For commerce, scholarship, and travelled Greek is used. During the Roman Empire Latin is used for the government. Young Roman aristocrats are taught by Greeks. Hellenism continues to be the basis of Mexiterraean civilization until Christianity is made Roman religion by Constintine the Great.

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