The Hellenistic period is part of Greek History which starts with the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and ends with Cleopatra and Marc Anthony’s defeat at the battle of Actium in 31 BC, when the Romans conquered the last of the areas once controlled by the Macedonian king.
The word Hellenistic orginated from the German hellenistisch which was created by the German historian J. G. Droysen in the 19th century. This to refer to the period in which Greek culture spread through the non-Greek world after Alexander’s conquests. While the term is easy to use, it is important to point out that this is a modern concept and for the ancient Greeks there was no such thing like the Hellenistic period. Even more, the use of the term Hellenistic implies that Greek culture was successfully spread throughout Alexander’s empire, which definitely was not the case.
In 2017 I started an Instagram account dedicated to Hellenistic History. I wanted to share some of my own research on the period through pictures I had taken during my many museum visits and trips to Greece. Fast forward three years and I have completed my PhD and the account has evolved into an educational website which also deals with Greek and Roman history.
On the website you will find quizzes, comics, educational drawings and templates you can use to teach children about the period and history. For those of you wanting to know more about the period, blog posts are frequently written about the a variety of topics of the ancient world, a bibliographical section provides more information about useful books and pictures on an interactive map. A final project is Harrius Potter: A Latin Lego Adventure in which the story of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Latin illustrated with scenes in Lego.
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