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If you already have a grasp of Ancient Greek history, this will be a good listen about the Peloponnesian war. If you know very little or nothing, it will be harder to follow as the Professor throws out names, places, events rather rapidly and assumes you know what he's talking about. Before listening to the Peloponnesian war, I listened to The long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World by Ian Worthington, so I had the necessary background knowledge to follow along. This series of lectures focuses more on the war as the title suggest and I learned a good deal more about the war and its players and events than I had known before. Even so I wish the lectures were longer and even more details could be provided about the many events as I feel some were glossed over too quickly but in the interest of keeping things moving along, I suppose it's better for most listeners.
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If you could sum up The Peloponnesian War in three words, what would they be?
Harl is great
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Peloponnesian War?
All of it.
What does Professor Kenneth W. Harl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Harl relays the informative in a comprehendible and digestible manor that makes listening a joy. Nothing kills a lecture like a Prof who is clearly disinterested of bored with the subject but Harl is clearly electrified and excited by the topics at had which in turn only makes the lectures far more engaging.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Knowing little about the greek world, aside from myth and the Iliad, learning about the Greek political climate as well as actual warfare strategies was intensely interesting
Any additional comments?
If you're interested in Greek ancient history then this is a must.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Goes against the grain of the predominant historical analyses (and vilification) of Sparta's role in these wars, and manages to do it with some justification, These are very complex and intricately wound events, but Harl manages to extricate them well, displaying an impressive knowledge of the subject matter. He uses Thucydides as his primary inspiration and paragon, but then who else?
Would you consider the audio edition of The Peloponnesian War to be better than the print version?
The story was definitely improved by the exciting manner in which Professor Harl told it.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, definitely, I tend to listen to audiobooks on the train, but I would continue to listen after my journey was complete, even if I had things to do. Totally addictive listen
Any additional comments?
I've listened to a lot of the Great Courses, particularly history courses, and this is probably the best one. Very good listen.