Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome : The Great Courses: Ancient History

  • by The Great Courses, John R. Hale
  • Narrated by Professor John R. Hale
  • Series: The Great Courses: Ancient History
  • 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Over the years, Classical archaeology has evolved from a pastime of collectors and antiquarians to a mature science. Today, the field is a multidisciplinary effort that involves not only traditional diggers, but also geologists, geographers, anthropologists, and linguists.These 36 lectures introduce you to this fascinating field of study. Professor Hale guides you through dozens of ancient sites with the skill of a born storyteller.
The riveting narrative unfolds like a series of detective stories and provides a new perspective from which to view the world of the Greeks and Romans, resurrecting them in all their glory and affording us a better grasp of cultures that have greatly influenced our own.
A series of exciting archaeological sites that provides you with a detailed idea of what Classical archaeology entails, as well as insights into the details of ancient Greek and Roman life. These case studies - involving both famous sites and discoveries unknown outside the field - include the city of Troy, the Athenian Agora, and the Cape Gelidonya Shipwreck.
Through an analysis of these and other riveting sites, you get a superb sampling of Classical archaeology and learn how it combines ancient history, anthropology, ethnography, comparative religion, art history, engineering, historical linguistics, paleobotany, and other pursuits with a dash of Indiana Jones-style adventure.
Mysteries abound in this course, and in the end, you'll view the world of the Greeks and Romans not as a sequence of historical events but as an immense living organism; a system in which society, culture, and the natural environment interact in dynamic, creative, and sometimes destructive ways.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Perfect!

Good speaker, well presented and in a light enough way that didn't get boring. Subject covered comprehensively. Made me even more determined to go for a degree in archaeology!
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- Meatslicer

A seemingly dry subject is made exciting

Would you listen to Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome again? Why?

Yes, I have listened to this more than once. It is a fascinating discussion of archaeology for a newcomer.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.


Any additional comments?

This lecture series is a fascinating survey of the history of archaeology for the newcomer. I did not think I would like it but it is difficult not to carry on to the next lecture all the time to listen to it in one sitting! Highly recommended!

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- GoneToTexas

Book Details

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