Thursday, December 31, 2009

Introduction to Ancient Greek History

I just finished listening to the recordings of Donald Kagan's 2007 Yale course on ancient Greek history, which I obtained through iTunes and listened to mostly during walks and lengthy intercampus shuttle rides. Aside from one class in which he enlists (so to speak) some of his students to help demonstrate how a hoplite phalanx fights, Kagan spends almost all of his time lecturing from a podium, so you can safely skip most of the video. Kagan is an engaging speaker; I daresay, with admitted optimism, that he is engaging enough to win you over even if listening to lectures about ancient Greek history sounds to you (fool that you are) about as entertaining as having a root canal.

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