This course presents a unique look at ancient history by focusing on key battles. The context of the battle is established and its conduct and outcome discussed in detail.
While this is a series of episodes, Professor Fagan makes it a whole story. The battles are presented in a narrative of the emerging civilizations and empires of the ancient world. This ties them together so you can see how they affected the course of history.
The detail on strategy, tactics, and armaments is excellent. The descriptions are complete. There is never a dry moment.
With a wonderful speaking style, Professor Fagan pulls you into the story and makes you see the scenes he describes.
The structure of the course is excellent. You know where you will be going so the content is easy to follow. The narration is outstanding.
You travel from the emerging city state to the empire with a clear narrative of what happened and a complement of thematic content on why it happened. There is an excellent balance of political, military, and social history.
This was my first ancient history course from the Great Courses. I listened to the course while taking my daughter to college, a four-day round trip drive, half of it solo. I will always associate eastern Oregon with Ancient Rome.
Garrett Fagan's lectures are captivating. His style keeps one engaged and is never dry.
This survey of ancient Greek history is a comprehensive but compact review of this key civilization. With the typical back and forth between narrative and topical content, I was brought back to my undergraduate courses in this topic. This course compares most favorably with the lectures I recall from years ago.
If you want to know the key events of Ancient Greece -- this is the course for you. From Marathon to the Peloponnesian war, from Pericles to Socrates, to the strange case of the Spartans, this has it all.
The professor did an excellent job presenting both a historical narrative and thematic content. He takes you through the history in a way that give a great feeling on how it evolved, and returns to provide ways to understand why things happened as they did (and he is not afraid to say when we don't know).
His style is engaging. The pace of presentation is excellent. There is just enough fun put into the descriptions that it is never dry.
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