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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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  • 2014-01-21

Outstanding

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-24

Encompassing historical approach

A good way of interpreting Greek History through its centuries long rivalry with the Persians.

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  • M. Aldridge
  • 2015-12-07

Excellent<br />

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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  • 2015-05-13

excellent!

this is the second course I have purchased with John Hale. His abilty to tell a compelling story is second to none. I thoroughly enjoyed this historical adventure.

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  • EmilyK
  • 2019-07-06

Excellent chronicle of fascinating period

Hale is one of the best Great Courses lecturers, and this one is no exception. He creates fascinating and well-organized lectures that stand on their own, and the overall course is incredibly informative. His voice is easy to listen to, and there's a bit of humor to the presentations. Of course, it doesn't hurt that this is one of the most interesting and important-to-know eras of Western history.

This lecture series doesn't seem to presuppose or require any knowledge of the period. If i were using this for homeschooling, or otherwise a newbie to the area, i would start with the lectures on Ancient Greek Civilization by Jeremy McInerney.

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  • Amanda Kuttler
  • 2018-04-07

very enjoyable and educational

a bit boring but that's more just the subject. He seems knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the topic and it was a very enjoyable listen.

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  • smbizguy
  • 2016-11-19

Excellent content well told.

This authored dived into some of the most important history of the world. Having studied Thucydidies and Alexander of Mastodon in the past I was impressed by how many gaps he filled in my knowledge of these giants who's shoulders we stand on today.

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  • Steve
  • 2016-06-17

Great story telling and overall very solid lectures

Dr. Hale did a great job in making the lectures very entertaining. Overall pretty factual and objective statements giving a fairy complete historical overview when he makes statements on some controversial topics. Not always but you won't notice those bits unless you're decently well versed in this area of history.

Would recommend, great lectures

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  • Eric Green
  • 2021-01-02

just what the title says

This series moved along at a good pace, but still has time for interesting details.

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  • Miles
  • 2020-05-20

If you like ancient Persian and Greece, read it.

Loved it, finished it with ease. If you like history of this period, I think you'll really enjoy this.