Honors Capstone Project
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Arts and Science
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Won Capstone Funding
This paper examines the means by which the Successors to Alexander the Great, known as the Diadochi, fostered and encouraged the growth of Hellenism within their empires. Using this foundation, it goes on to argue that the Diadochi consciously encouraged this growth to help consolidate their unstable regimes and expand their power. The basis for this analysis is largely in academic texts regarding the Hellenistic world and Ancient sources such as Herodotus, Josephus, and Polybius. The investigation itself looks at four elements of the Hellenistic world that best exemplify the Successors’ relationship with Hellenism: Religion, Politics, War, and Cities. Each element is discussed individually, first by relating their importance to the Diadochi and then by analyzing how Hellenism was integrated into them by the Successors. In the end, each element analyzed showed a strong connection between the Successors’ use of Hellenism and a strengthening of their influence, either within their empires or abroad.
Kennedy, Andrew, "The Uses and Abuses of Hellenism by the Diadochi and Their Successors" (2017). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 1046.
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