Course Lecture Titles1. Greece and the Western World 2. Minoan Crete 3. Schliemann and Mycenae 4. The Long Twilight 5. The Age of Heroes 6. From Sicily to SyriaThe Growth of Trade and Colonization 7. Delphi and Olympia 8. The Spartans 9. Revolution 10. Tyranny 11. The Origins of Democracy 12. Beyond GreeceThe Persian Empire 13. The Persian Wars 14. The Athenian Empire 15.Course Lecture Titles1. Greece and the Western World 2. Minoan Crete 3. Schliemann and Mycenae 4. The Long Twilight 5. The Age of Heroes 6. From Sicily to SyriaThe Growth of Trade and Colonization 7. Delphi and Olympia 8. The Spartans 9. Revolution 10. Tyranny 11. The Origins of Democracy 12. Beyond GreeceThe Persian Empire 13. The Persian Wars 14. The Athenian Empire 15. The Art of Democracy 16. Sacrifice and Greek Religion 17. Theater and the Competition of Art 18. Sex and Gender 19. The Peloponnesian War, Part I 20. The Peloponnesian War, Part II 21. Socrates on Trial 22. Slavery and Freedom 23. Athens in Decline? 24. Philip, Alexander, and Greece in Transition...
|Title||:||Ancient Greek Civilization|
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|Number of Pages||:||408 Pages|
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Ancient Greek Civilization Reviews
An excellent introduction to ancient Greek civilization, though best heard in succession with Rufus J. Fears FAMOUS GREEKS lectures. Fears teaches the micro, famous Greek people, and McInerney teaches the macro with the people covered by Fears as a part of the overall period in Greek history. Hearing both brings a wonderful balance to the subject.
I think I would have liked this course better had I literally done zero research on Ancient Greece prior to actually listening to it. This course did have a lot of good information, but it was very general and will be a great intro to the subject. I have listened to other Great Courses that deal with some of the topics that are discussed in this lecture, such as the Peloponnesian War, Greek Tragedy, Alexander and the Hellenistic Age, and Great Ancient Civilization of Asia Minor. Plus I've listened to a good number of lectures through iTunes U on the subject.If a potential listener has a passing interest in learning more about Ancient Greek Civilization and has not listened to the Great Courses that I've listed above, I would highly recommend this course as a starting point. The lecturer, Jeremy McInerney, was very interested in the subject and very knowledgeable. Great intro to the subject if you haven't read or listened to other Great Courses, not so great if you have done some research prior to listening.
Meh. I'm not sure if I just turned out to be less interested than I had suspected or if the material really just wanted very gripping, but I made it through the first third pretty quickly and during the second third it started to get longer and longer before I was motivated to listen to the next lecture. I just happened upon my "currently-reading" list at goodreads and realized that I had forgotten that I still hadn't completed the lecture series. It is time to let go. I doubt that I'll pick this up again from general interest, though it might be a good place to start if I ever decide that I have a specific reason to learn Greek history.
The times of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle represent the end of the period covered by these lectures. The social and historical context for their contributions to Western Philosophy developed over a period in Greek history at least four times longer than the distance in time between ourselves and the American Revolution. The scale and richness of the cultures in Crete, Mycenae, and Ionia that preceded Athens lessens the sense that the Athenians' ethical, political, and scientific impulses were otherworldly in their time.
A series of lectures on ancient Greek "civilization" rather than ancient Greek history is so much more interesting. The professor is free to jump around the whole culture. He talks about everything from philosophy to economics to war to the different roles of men and women in Greek society. It never gets boring because the topic varies so widely.
Very good course, informative and insightful, refreshed my memories of the stuff I read a decade ago and in the same time brought to me a bunch of new perspectives about the Ancient Greek life. It's a very good starting point for anyone who's interested in the subject.
Greek history is my favorite era of history, so I already felt like I knew a good amount about Greek history. This lecture series still had plenty of things new to me and added nuance to stuff I already knew. It was engaging and was just the right speed.
Not light, nor for the casual person, but McInerney knows his topic and communicates clearly and effectively...