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The Alexander Empire from the Perspective of Early Stoic "Cosmopolitanism"

YUE Yu-xuan;School of Social Development, Nanjing Normal University;  
From 334 to 324 BC, the Alexander the Great marched eastward and ushered in a new era of Hellenization.The new empire across Europe, Asia and Africa broke the original geopolitical barrier between the East and the West, and made the ancient Greeks' cognition of the country change significantly. In the aftermath of the rapid expansion of the Empire,the rising pan Greek trend of thought prompted the popular philosophy of seclusion to give way to the cosmological rationality of Stoic school, thus deriving a new idea of World Governance "cosmopolitanism" from classical philosophy. Based on the breakthrough of the cognition of the ancient Greek traditional city states, cosmopolitanism is characterized by distinct cosmopolitanism and pluralism. With the deepening of Hellenization, the world state theory of the early Stoic school(4th-2nd century BC) became the most important behavior philosophy in the Hellenization era after integrating the oriental traditional philosophy. The early Stoic school's "cosmopolitanism" played an indispensable role in the reconstruction of narrow-sense city-state concept and the shaping of national integrity.
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