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Ancient Greek History - Video

By Donald Kagan

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(CLCV 205) This is an introductory course in Greek history tracing the development of Greek civilization as manifested in political, intellectual, and creative achievements from the Bronze Age to the end of the classical period. Students read original sources in translation as well as the works of modern scholars. This course was recorded in Fall 2007.

Customer Reviews

Excellent History

I've been listening to this course on and off again repeatedly for the last three years or so and I never tire of it. I have yet to watch the video, but I love to listen to the course while driving or sitting at the beach. Kagan is exceptional at introducing topics in an approachable way, that can then be explored in more depth later if desired. He gives varying perspectives, acknowledges his own biases, but also speaks with what is obviously an amazingly comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter. If you're even remotely interested in the early history of the Meditteranean then this course is a must.

Suicide lecture

Fell asleep 3x during the intro. Is there someone who can speak without clearing phlegm every 15 seconds , and can present his thoughts without reading at level of a grade 2 student?

secularity & republic is his one-track mind

It only takes a couple of minutes into Kagan's Introduction when I was shocked and incredulous at false statements with which he shovels into freshman minds: "the Greeks had no priests" he says - false: if the citizen went to the temple of athena, dionysis or other GODS, they were met by various priests and priestesses, many of whom you were to have intercourse with. Which belies his second false statement, that the Greeks had no religion. He continues (something I'm not going to do, for Yale shouldn't allow such blatantly false "scholarship" to pass muster. "The Greeks had no royalty" - FALSE AGAIN. What would King Agamemnon and the King of Sparta have thought of this? He's really referring to a limited portion of Athenian history when he says the Greeks were republican. I really think Yale better revive these lectures: they are one big, false JOKE!