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Clearly, the Greeks are a source of much that we esteem in our own culture: democracy, philosophy, tragedy, epic and lyric poetry, history-writing, our aesthetic sensibilities, ideals of athletic competition, and more. But what is it about Hellenic culture that has made generations of influential scholars and writers view it as the essential starting point for understanding the art and reflection that define the West? This series of 24 lectures by an accomplished Greek scholar and teacher traces the complex web of links between the present and its Mediterranean origins, taking you from the Late Bronze Age up to the time of Philip II of Macedon and his son Alexander the Great. It's an intellectual journey that lets you see ancient Greek civilization in the light shed by the newest and best research and criticism, expanding your understanding of history, literature, art, philosophy, religion, and more.

With a special focus on the two crucial centuries from 600-400 B.C.-the era of the Persian and Peloponnesian wars and of classical Athens as described in the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides and the philosophic dialogues of Plato-you'll come to understand how the uniquely "Greek" identity was forged, and how it gave root to so much of what we consider vital about our own present day. Just as important, you'll learn how the differences between our own modern values and beliefs and those of the Hellenic world-including slavery and the exclusion of women from public life-do not imply a lack of relevance to our own times but can instead teach us as just much as our affinities.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Interpretive History, Not a Comprehensive Overview

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The professor who does this series is brilliant and those who have some familiarity with ancient Greek civilization will enjoy the insights and interpretations he offers. I highlighted the fact that the author does A LOT of interpreting in this series. Because of this, while he does cover all of ancient Greek civilization from its origins in Minoan and Mycenean civilizations to its radical change in Alexander the Great, he is not as comprehensive as I would have liked and leaves some gaps and much material untouched. Those of you who are looking for a good, first, general overview of ancient Greek civilization should look elsewhere. However, if you've already had your overview and would like to hear the perspective of a well established scholar on the ancient Greeks, then this book will be right for you.

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I recently listened to the History of Ancient Rome by Garett Fagan and was blown away. He did a fantastic job of telling the story from start to finish, level setting for those who are new to the topics and left you filled feeling quite knowledgable. Therefore, I was expecting something similar from Ancient Greek Civilization but that was not the case.

This speaker seemed to assume you had more background to begin with, bounced around a lot more and was more interested in discussing interpretations than walking you through the basic story. I think I would've enjoyed this more if I had first took a course on Ancient Greek history and listened to this afterwards. It felt more like a conversation you would have after taking such a course.

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Excellent Overview

I'm obsessed with Greek culture and, no matter how much you know about it, this lecture series will interest you.

Some of the negative reviews say that there is too much interpretation going on but I don't think that's exactly fair. For instance, so little is known about Minoan Greece that it is necessary to form interpretations.

Although, my favorite lecturer on Greek culture is Elizabeth Vandiver. Try her lectures after this one - they are even better.

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Excellent look at Greek history

We all know a little about Greek mythology, but most of us don't really know the chronology of Greek history. This course helps set that straight in very interesting, easy to digest lectures.

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enjoyable and informative overview of Greek Civ

I liked everything about this course -- the pacing was good, I learned a great deal, the lecturer was enjoyable to listen to. I found myself looking forward to each time I could find time to listen.

To respond to some of the other reviewers, I thought it was pitched at a good level. Although he assumes some knowledge, it seemed reasonable (like knowing the Theseus story or who Schliemann was). For me, it was a similar experience to Fagan's Ancient Rome. Because it is an overview, it didn't go into as much depth as some of the courses I see that are available. He did leave time for interpretation but often it was needed, like discussing the different schools of thought about Crete and Mycenae.

To me, this was one of the history courses that I could see a highschooler using for homeschooling or someone with little history knowledge being able to enjoy a great deal. But I also enjoyed it as someone who listens to a lot of history.

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Lots of information and lots of fluff

I'll make this quick. The course covers Greek civilization from roughly 1100 or so BC until the conquering of Greece and Persian by Alexander the Great. The only downside to this course is the professor adds a great amount of fluff and repetition. I liked certain parts, but wish I would have downloaded the other great courses lectures on Greek Civilization.

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Truly engaging

Professor McInerney truly captivates his audience with this very structured and delivered lecture series. I learned much more than I thought I would and I am tempted to listen to the entire series again. I also enjoyed his inclusion of many original Greek words used for certain concepts as I am also a student of Koine Greek.

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Great lectures but a little outdated

This lecture, by Jeremy McInerney, is clear and concise. He is a well organized lecturer and the subject matter was interesting. The only quibble I have, and here I am nitpicking, is that the lecture is old. Bill Clinton is referenced in the present tense.

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great audible

worth the money. so rich in detail that youll be able to listen for numerous times.

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Informative

Lots of information that illuminates the origins of classical Greek culture and the timeline of events leading up to the Arrival of Alexander the Great.

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  • 12-07-18

Colloquial history from a great teacher

Non fiction subjects can be brought to life by an engaging teacher and Dr McInerney has a great style. he gives us the facts, the understanding and a few of his own theories with a healthy slice of context. He tempers the romance of the Greeks with real evidence but doesn't allow them to lose their mystery. This is a good addition to these great value lecture series'.

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  • 06-07-18

super listen.

Great listen. couple of sound problems. but ok . Great starting point on Greek history

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Interesting Asides

Whilst this course is organised chronologically its thrust is not really to provide a comprehensive history of Archaic and Classical Greece; those expecting the same should look elsewhere.

Instead, there numerous reasonably detailed forays into topics of interest to the lecturer from which, whilst I am reasonably well read on Ancient Greece, I learnt genuinely new things.

It is briskly presented with lots of content; no need for the usual 1.25x or 1.5x speed that I listen to The Great Course at.

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