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.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2008 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2008 The Great Courses
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By Andrew M on 27-01-15

history at its best: riveting and informative

What made the experience of listening to The Greek and Persian Wars the most enjoyable?

The brilliant reading style of the narrator makes you feel you are there at the battles, on the marches, with the politicians and intriguers- rather than a distant observer. I've enjoyed a lot of the Great Courses history series and this is one of my favourites. The narrator takes you along, in a fascinating and exciting journey. The story of the march of the 10,000 Greeks is mind boggling: the flow of events, intrigue, trials and determination of those involved, with links to Socrates and to Alexander the Great (if ever a story cries out for an epic film it's this!).

What did you like best about this story?

The reading style and material that transports you back in time.

What does Professor John R. Hale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Humour, excitement & enthusiasm; with paced reading that draws you in.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

One of the few books where I've found myself recounting some of the events to other people.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By john on 04-12-17

Greek history at it's best

Would you consider the audio edition of The Greek and Persian Wars to be better than the print version?

Thoroughly enjoyed these lectures,informative and entertaining,I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in Greek history.

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By Feedback on 21-01-14


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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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By M. Aldridge on 07-12-15

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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