Alexander The Great was an egomaniac that was trying to live his life and make accomplishments that further would exalt his vain self to a god like status not just for the era he lived in but for generations and generations to come. This selfish “Periclesious” behavior was what drove him to try and conquer the entire known world at that time and inevitably is why he is remembered though out the rest of time to date. He did not rebuild or do anything that would stabilize his conquered lands and instead many were in war for years after his death leaving one to wonder WHY did he do what he did. His goal was not money, riches, or power but rather immortality not in body but by name. Why would a man be such a megalomaniac and want to accomplish nothing other than to be able to state, “Yeah, I did that.” The answer is simple; he was just living in his own version of a Greek tale just like the Iliad. And his end was just the same as any self-righteous epic hero; he fell due to his hubris---so speculated at least. But surely he did obtain the title he so wanted, he was Alexander The Great, and there is none other with that title but himself. In the lecture there was the question to whom I think is a megalomaniac in today’s age. I think it is a bit forthcoming to say President Barrack Hussein Obama II is one due to the fact that I believe that in his warped ideals he DOES think he is doing the “right” thing even if his actions are absurd. (All in my opinion, of course.) I think the closest megalomaniac we have today though is the falsely elected Hitler president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He denies the holocaust, rigged the 2009 elections in Iran and has many a time stated he wants to obliterate the nation of Jewish Israel. Columbia University spat on our American flag for letting this anti-Semitic filthy desert rat in our country. Those who thought of him coming and allowed him to come are vile sophomoric pseudo-intellectuals that are blind and foolish as is any President or political leader in America that does not support Israel’s RIGHT to take action and protect there selves. Blind leading the blind, no. (Again, this is all in my opinion, of course.) Another question asked in the lecture was why did the lower classes, such as farmers ect. in Hellenistic times not know how to speak the Koine Greek? I think the upper class used the language as a buffer zone to keep the poorer people in poverty and to ensue their status as the elite. And so, the upper class did not wish to help the lower class in educating them in Koine Greek and thus leaving the disparity as it was. Just a guess.