Immerse yourself in this comprehensive survey of ancient Greece from 750 to 323 B.C. - from the emergence of Greece at the end of the Dark Ages to the final disintegration of Greek autonomy through the Macedonian kings Philip II and Alexander the Great.
These 48 riveting lectures tell the story of ancient Greek institutions and the people who molded them during the Archaic and Classical periods.
Concentrating on the city-states of mainland Greece, with a special focus on Athens, Professor Worthington guides through some of history's most hard-fought struggles - from armed conflicts (such as the Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian War, and the campaigns of Alexander the Great) to political and social struggles (including the late 6th-century civil war in Athens that pitted nobles against the lower classes and eventually produced the first stirrings of democracy).
As you explore innovative Athenian approaches to democracy, law, and empire, you discover how these approaches served as the bedrock for ideas and practices that you live with every day. You also encounter a wealth of intriguing links to many of our own contemporary institutions and attitudes about democracy, law, and empire.
By the end of Professor Worthington's final captivating lecture, you discover that there was nothing inevitable about democracy, the Western concept of justice, or any of the other traditions and institutions that now play such central roles in the politics of the modern Western world. The story of how this tentative structure transformed into the firm foundation of our contemporary world is gripping, enlightening, and immensely rewarding.
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He is clearly excited and passionate about the subject, and this comes across both in his delivery and in his planning and preparation of the content.
Too many to list!
The other commenter should not be trusted, his review is completely inaccurate. I would say this is a matter of subject preference, but there is so little in it that corresponds to reality that I do not doubt he must have listened only to one or two lectures before giving up, likely having too little interest in the subject matter to begin with.
The instructor is great; clear, concise, entertaining and endearing. Two thumbs up.
The course itself provides a great deal of context - it tied together all the disparate facts about Greece in my head. The coverage is extensive, from essentially prehistoric Greece to the Hellenistic period after Alexander the Great.
I also enjoyed the point of view of the instructor: he was careful to state when he was offering a personal view vs. A consensus view.
I give the content 4/5 since there were several classes focused on the details of legal procedures which I found very dull.
Definitely would recommend this lecture series for anyone interested in ancient Greek history who is not already an expert.
Professor Worthington does an amazing job painting the total picture of Ancient Greece, with a clear chronology from the Archaic period to the Hellenistic. His viewpoints stem primarily from Athens and have a lot of interpretation of the Athenian Constitution. He is very clear to point out his own viewpoints and how they differ from current perspectives. My absolute favorite is how much Professor Worthington HATES Pericles, which whom I also find quite over rated.
As for the negative review of this lecture. I'm not sure what they are talking about. My guess is they did not give Professor Worthington much of a chance past the first lecture or so.
Worthington needs to read and respect the classical authors. He seems to be nothing more than an "expert" on viewpoints emanating from today's "experts". He has a very shallow understanding of ancient perspectives and knowledge. If diversity and today's misguided viewpoints are the most important thing to you, then this book is for you.
He does have a good understanding of the ancient Athenian legal system and other such mundane things but his knowledge regarding ancient military issues is sometimes nonexistent but usually just horribly wrong.
He is uninformed. He has, undoubtedly, read his current peers papers and books, but little else. These lectures are, at best, geared for a junior high school (unfortunately this means that these lectures are at level for many of our current universities).
There is little here that you won't find in a average modern history book. Any "insight" found in these lectures relates strictly to the mundane daily life of an Athenian. If that's what you are after, then here it is. But he his usually misinformed regarding battles or virtually any military matter.
His lectures on Alexander the Great are WORSE than Oliver Stone's terrible movie on Alexander, and that is hard to do. Amazing.
Worthington says that he was born in northern England, lived in Australia, and is now in Missouri. He has a real problem with his accent. It is not British, not Australian, nor mid-American. it is some awful derivative of the three. It is very irritating to listen to, especially when added to his distorted view of the major ancient Greek events.
I would have cut out anything relating to military events and changed the title to "Daily Life in the Ancient Athens".
Very disappointing. I wish I had my audio book pick back!
not what i expected. very good, large focus on law and democracy. goes through the battles, just more human focused.
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