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Sacramento, CA
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  • Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672

Alexander the Great-one of the most renowned figures in antiquity-has inspired everything from medieval romances to blockbuster movies, and military leaders from Julius Caesar to Napoleon to the U.S. general Norman Schwarzkopf. But who was this great king of Macedon? And why is he so legendary? These 36 spellbinding lectures take you deep inside the world of Alexander to witness the astonishing feats of military genius that made his name renowned for millennia after his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alexander, the Man and the Legend

  • By SAMA on 11-27-13

Very enjoyable history about a fascinating time.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-16

Professor Harl is a great admirer of Alexander and it shows through in his passion for this subject. His knowledge is outstanding, as is his ability to make the story come alive again through his excellent voice and speaking ability. I have enjoyed all his courses so far and I think he is the perfect guy for this tale of epic conquest.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Peloponnesian War

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 452

The Peloponnesian War pitted Athens and its allies against a league of city-states headed by Sparta. The ancient Greek historian Thucydides captured this drama with matchless insight in his classic eyewitness account of what was arguably the greatest war in the history of the world up to that time. These 36 half-hour lectures draw on Thucydides' classic account as well as other ancient sources to give you a full picture of the Greek world in uneasy peace and then all-out war in the late 5th century B.C.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, not for Greek newbies...

  • By The World's Greatest on 04-26-16

Enjoyable, not for Greek newbies...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-26-16

If you already have a grasp of Ancient Greek history, this will be a good listen about the Peloponnesian war. If you know very little or nothing, it will be harder to follow as the Professor throws out names, places, events rather rapidly and assumes you know what he's talking about. Before listening to the Peloponnesian war, I listened to The long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World by Ian Worthington, so I had the necessary background knowledge to follow along. This series of lectures focuses more on the war as the title suggest and I learned a good deal more about the war and its players and events than I had known before. Even so I wish the lectures were longer and even more details could be provided about the many events as I feel some were glossed over too quickly but in the interest of keeping things moving along, I suppose it's better for most listeners.

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