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Ancient Greek History - Audio

By Donald Kagan

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Description

(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

Great, Relevant

I listened to these with a group of my students. We really enjoyed them! The information is clear, his speaking style is engaging, and the information is accessible to even a novice in Greek history. He also discusses ties between events/culture in this time and creates opportunities to more critically consider our own society. Excellent lectures!

History is for today. Learning is up to you.

This is great information by someone who is obviously an outstanding scholar in his field. I think it is appropriate that he points out how modern thought is shaped by Greek history. That’s kind of the whole point of history! Also those that fault him for having a conservative bent would not have a problem listening to someone with a progressive or liberal bent. You have to learn to think for yourself with the information you are receiving. That’s the whole point of education! Haters gonna hate, but this is absolutely great information by an excellent teacher.
I do want to give him a lozenge though...

Biased and lacks knowledge!

Clearly his lectures are so biased and lacks knowledge of other civilization. His arguments of why one learns about Greek civilization does not hold good. He talks about freedom and then talks about slavery. Clearly we can see it was male dominant society. He also talks about other civilization having Kings and religions but he talks about Greek religion, Kings and tyranny. Again he talks about cities are first established in Greek but he lacks knowledge about cities and settlements of other civilization.

Greek civilization is surely interesting and artistically rich but it is similar to other cradles of civilization. One should read about Egyptian, Indian and Mesopotamian civilization along with this.