The Greek and Persian Wars : The Great Courses: Ancient History

  • by The Great Courses, John R. Hale
  • Narrated by Professor John R. Hale
  • Series: The Great Courses: Ancient History
  • 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Spanning more than two centuries, the Greek and Persian wars forged a new world order, sparking developments in battle strategy, naval technology, world exploration, and art and culture that impact the world even today.
These 24 lectures are your opportunity to survey this globe-spanning conflict and see the human experience behind some of the most remarkable episodes in ancient history.
Look beyond the infamous story of King Leonidas and his famed "300" and uncover the people and the world of the ancient Greeks and Persians. The clash of these two great cultures helped spark some of the most important cultural events in the history of the world: the chronicles of Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon; the dramas of Aeschylus; and Greece's remarkable invention of democracy.
An expert on methods of ancient warfare, Professor Hale offers rare insights into how each skirmish was lost and won. You'll meet the great Greek and Persian leaders, and compare the war technologies they pioneered.
But Professor Hale offers more than just textbook descriptions. An accomplished archaeologist, he provides rare and valuable insights gleaned from years of fieldwork, including an analysis of the landscape of the battlefield of Marathon and modern archaeological surveys of the ground where Xerxes and his engineers dug an 80-foot-wide canal across an Aegean cape.
It's a perspective on history you'll find virtually nowhere else. Bringing together both sides of the story - Greek and Persian - Professor Hale creates a complex and informative account of this world-changing era.


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If you could sum up The Greek and Persian Wars in three words, what would they be?

Brilliant, enthusiastic lecture.

What did you like best about this story?

The extraordinary drama surrounding birth of the Western World.

Have you listened to any of Professor John R. Hale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Brilliant, enthusiastic lecture.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Professor Hale has a gift for beginning and ending on a high point.

Any additional comments?

If only I had history professors like Hale when I was in college…. But at least I can enjoy it now.

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I have listened to several Great Courses, and have to commend this speaker. He was well spoken, concise, and kept me interested in the topic. Wonderful lectures!
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- M. Aldridge

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses