Alexander, the Greek Cosmos - System and Contemporary Global Society
The Conference has an historical core, however not historical scientific cause; its meaning and value resonate our contemporary world.
The main scope of the Conference is to re-consider the personality of this Oecumenical Greek par excellence, to re-examine the Greek perceptions about Oecumene, as well as the potentials of a contemporary application of it to our turbulent world, hurt by modernity, the re-writing of the History of nations, deconstruction theories, global economical government and the Directorates of globalization. The projection of Alexander’s visionary personality become even more impressing today, in a world of Lilliput political leaders, pherephones and fully dependent upon what Chomsky called domination of corporations. Europe itself, transformed from land of expectations and hopes for its citizens to barren country, would present a different perspective with the Greek Oecumenical Aspects as its emblem.
The investigation of Alexander’s personality gains special meaning today that the descendants of the ancient civilizations are called to retrace their identity and regain their moral Values.
Let it not escape out attention that the idea of Oecumenic is traced in early Greek Thought, it is established as a political, social and governmental point of reference by Alexander, it is transformed into a philosophical system, it informs the Orthodox Thought and comprises the basis, upon which Regas Ferraios suggests his own Commonwealth of Nations and Civilizations.
The Conference is organized according to three principal axes, already designated by its title.
1) ALEXANDER AS A SYMBOL OF NATIONS
In Greek thought Alexander was a daimon, that is divine, in the world of Islam he was established as canoun, which means lawgiver, other nations considered him a god, some called him The Just, and for everyone he was The Liberator. In the poetry of Ferdhuzi and Nizamee, he is considered a Persian who returns to reclaim his throne. It is a noticeable and unique phenomenon in the history of mankind, that even for peoples who knew him only by reputation, he was named a merciless avenger of evil in the world and conversing with Divinity and the elementary powers of nature.
In accordance to this axis Alexander is examined through Religions, especially in the Orthodox religion and Islam, as well as in esoteric religious thought. Furthermore, he is examined within popular and scholarly philology and literature, within myths and legends, traditions and folk songs of various nations.
Alexander is examined in Numismatics and Art, as well as a heraldic or corporal symbol.
2) ALEXANDER AND THE GREEK COSMOS-SYSTEM
The Greek essence of Oecumene is examined as a perception, as an idea, as a philosophical system and as a main component of the Greek cosmos-system. Especially they are examined: the meaning of Polis in the Greek cosmos; the emergence of Alexander through this Greek Cosmos-system; the contribution of Alexander in constituting the essence of Oecumenical a value-system; Alexandria, as the Oecumenical city par excellence; the findings of modern underwater and land researches in the Oecumenical city;
Alexandrias at the remotest parts of Oecumene; the contribution of Alexander to the transition of the Greek world towards the post state-central Oecumene; the differences of the political system with regards quality, the anthropocentric element and the Values of Greek Oecumenical Thought compared to other systems, especially latter ones; the concept of Oecumenical Citizen.
The development of Sciences in the time of Alexander in the spirit of Oecumene, where Knowledge is drawn from all fields and offered in common view and use by everyone – not only to Priesthoods, which ensured the continuity of the eastern empires within the theocratic constitutions. A remarkable fact regarding Alexander and later his descendants throughout the Hellenistic era is that not only they encourage, but they also fund scientific research.
Integrated in this axis should be a section with the timeless legacy bequeathed in Society and Art by the Hellenistic kingdoms in the far East – an issue theoretically known, nevertheless insufficiently researched. Furthermore, it is vital to highlight the archaeological excavations that certify the expansion of Greek Oecumene to the remotest locations of the world, before and Alexander and by him.
3) ALEXANDER AND THE WORLD
Use of the game theory: what would have been the evolution of the world, had Alexander not died at the age of 33? What would have happened, had he conquered the West, too? What would Europe be today, had the Values of Greek Oecumene been applied politically?
Modern Studies about Alexander. Modern works on the strategy and diplomacy of Alexander by international Institutes and Research Foundations. Modern studies of Alexander’s strategy, especially in the U.S. by great enterprise institutes.
The official languages of the Conference are Hellenic, French and English