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In a weird way I have the hysteria of contemporary woke ideology to thanks for becoming curious about the classics. If not for this factor so many of us would not now be learning about and enjoying this forbidden fruit of western heritage. And like all traditions the choice fruits lay next to...Read full review »
Old school leftie via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/03/22
The grunts, sniffs, farts and belches are too gross.
Freddie the Phoenician via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/11/21
Way too much reading to us.
candgu via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/21/21
This podcast is very engaging, informative, and funny.
Ou tis via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/20/21
Really really good. Don’t be fooled by the trolls or leftest comments that got offended at any mention of the Bible or Christianity. The only times it is mentioned are relevant, helpful for context and not forced. The lecturers are clear, concise and easy to follow. Very informative and enjoyable...Read full review »
GainorFam via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/30/21
Absolutely horrendous and bigoted
CletusClambake via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/26/21
Thank you Dr Kalgan for making Ancient Greek fascinating. Thank you Yale for making it possible. I bought his book on The war. Perhaps if Cimon was the leader, instead of Pericles there Thucydides would have written a different history.
Babsette via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/20/21
This guy is incredibly biased. He references the bible continuously, but writes Nietzsche off as a nihilistic hack, illustrating how little Nietzsche he had read: eg no mention of slave morality etc. He’s obviously a christian, conservative anti-leftist. Typical of an institution that panders...Read full review »
gnomy chomsky via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/19/21
Lozenges fix that
Prodaytrader via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/30/21
A septuagenarian Yale professor casually poo-poos, with no supporting evidence, the hypotheses that the Sea People’s invasion were actually an internal uprising against despotism. "I think this reflects hopeful Marxist wish-fulfillment rather than any reality. That’s not what poor people...Read full review »
heretofore1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/28/21
The audio should have been recorded louder. This podcast suffers the all too common lack of attention to technical details of what separates a well-produced radio show from an impromptu lecture recording. If Yale got professional recording engineers, I’d be happy to pay for their podcasts....Read full review »
Crowbar Man via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/27/20
Thought maybe he was sick at the start or something but I’m half way through and it hasn’t stopped. Really hard to listen to although I enjoy the content.
sc4app via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/07/20
Excellent podcast, but I wish the volume was louder
JBassist17 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/01/20
Great lectures. He captures so much of Greek culture and life in what appears, at first glance of the episode titles, a retelling of political and military history. He seeks not to give one names and dates; rather, he seeks to establish a cultural understand of the ancient Greeks for modern...Read full review »
Thebloodytampon via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/28/20
The professor is great. His material, knowledge and lecture organization is excellent. I really enjoyed the lectures and I learned a lot. Anybody can nitpick about a lecture. The throat clearing didn’t bother me. Likewise he has opinions just like anybody.
Lord Storm via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/25/20
Awesome lectures!
PatriceQ189 via Apple Podcasts · Bolivia · 10/17/20
It’s good but he clears his throat after every word.
Throatcydides via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/06/20
What I like best about the podcast is learning how reason works. Say I take a class called Cake Baking. It’s unreasonable to criticize the professor for teaching about sugar, which is bad for you. Also for not teaching about broccoli, which is good for you. If one does not wish to study sugar and...Read full review »
Stourleyk via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/29/20
I listened to these with a group of my students. We really enjoyed them! The information is clear, his speaking style is engaging, and the information is accessible to even a novice in Greek history. He also discusses ties between events/culture in this time and creates opportunities to more...Read full review »
jillybeankc6 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/30/20
Clearly his lectures are so biased and lacks knowledge of other civilization. His arguments of why one learns about Greek civilization does not hold good. He talks about freedom and then talks about slavery. Clearly we can see it was male dominant society. He also talks about other civilization...Read full review »
LogicisMagic via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/18/20
This is great information by someone who is obviously an outstanding scholar in his field. I think it is appropriate that he points out how modern thought is shaped by Greek history. That’s kind of the whole point of history! Also those that fault him for having a conservative bent would not have...Read full review »
GrkFan89 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/18/20
There’s no doubt this is a very interesting, highly academic series of lectures, but the lecturer has a constant cough / clearing of throat that really frustrates.
tilthorne via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/04/20
I’ve been interested in the ancient Greeks for decades, read a lot of books. But I never truly understood what being in a polis meant to a Greek, and what a unique construct a polis is. Dr Kagen’s Ancient Greek arete is on display as you will truly learn what it is to be a citizen in the most...Read full review »
pliny the modern via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/01/20
Compelling!!!
bucky172 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/05/20
Unbelievable that people are giving one of the foremost scholars on greek history a bad review. He obviously knows the material and can present it well.
JohnFNewman via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/29/19
I started watching this podcast having little to no expectations for the quality of this show however after watching the episode explaining why onions make you cry I AM SOLD!! You both have really clear and beautiful voices for podcasts, and the Malissa teaching style is endearing. Thank you for...Read full review »
Jiggyjimmmy via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/11/19
I absolutely adore this series of lectures. It is by far the one I have gained the most out of from using iTunes U. I started listening to this series in 2015 and still have never finished it all, but I dip in once or twice every year and start from lecture 1. “Why.. are you here?” Donald asks...Read full review »
Neil126 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/25/19
I first came across this series when I knew very little about ancient history. Having listened to this along side my A level studies I found that it gave me a clear understanding of the Greek world and helped me significantly. I enjoyed this his lectures to the extent that it inspired me to take...Read full review »
Dar dar 2001 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/26/19
What a fantastic insight into an ancient world! Mr. Kagen really paints a picture of the ancient world as an extremely sophisticated place. It is a great to see our ancestors as multi-dimensional and complex, instead of simpletons, as is often implied by the modern “Hollywood” culture.
Sanel Bećič via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/26/19
This is a really interesting set of lectures presented in a clear and engaging way. Good scholarship without being pedantic. Very enjoyable.
Dc piano student via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/21/19
This is a podcast which will remain relevant forever, due to its subject matter and the authority of its presenter, Donald Kagan, who is probably one of the most authoritative authors on the Peloponnesian War since Thucydides. I take minor issue to his lack of willingness to discuss more...Read full review »
JimmyTwoTomes via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/15/19
Grandiose talentueux magnifique
euskal peio via Apple Podcasts · France · 11/11/18
Donald Kagan has spent a lifetime researching and writing on Ancient Greece. There’s simply no better source for Greek history and analysis of the (sparse and nuanced) available evidence. I’m surprised to see so many reviewers claiming that Kagan’s neoconservative political views seep into...Read full review »
Southleft via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/26/18
My husband and I have really enjoyed the first two lectures, but now the Apple podcast app says all remaining episodes are unavailable. We are so disappointed!
Hamblinca via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/20/18
Amazing lectures by an amazing specialist.
WesleyQuirino via Apple Podcasts · Brazil · 09/23/17
A great introduction to the ancient Greek polis and how it developed and lived through the Dark Ages, Persian and Peloponnesian wars towards the eventual Macedonian conquest. Donald Kagan has excellent voice and is a pleasure to listen to. The last five minutes of the last episode were really...Read full review »
valpas via Apple Podcasts · Finland · 07/08/16
Kagan is without peer in Greek studies, but his constant need to bring up Western Christian exceptionalism is distracting and unnecessary. I want to hear about ancient Greece, but Kagan constantly needs to assert modern political thought which really brings down the course.
Ivan T.W. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/05/16
Former student of Dr. Robert Kebric here who long missed hearing the old tales. I listened to the introduction of this course and was immediately drawn back into my favorite time period in history. I'm currently on lecture 10 with zero regrets. I personally emailed Dr. Kagan and thanked him...Read full review »
RyRoHI via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/29/15
Excellent lectures, but in most episodes the podcast restarts from the beginning after a few minutes.
big booboo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/16/15
This unique series of lectures are more than an academic history course, they are like a journey in which the talent and knowledge of Prof. Kagan takes you to explore the depth of human nature. The lectures are accessible to anyone as the language and format remains simple and direct. The bulk of...Read full review »
mesone63 via Apple Podcasts · France · 06/04/15
While the lecturer is articulate and knowledgable his constant biblical references and tangents are annoying, at best. Other than that, decent military and political history.
Bestirbest via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/27/14
I'm halfway through and loving it. Professor Kagan brings the ancient Greeks back to life in my mind. I love his humour, too. Any other courses of his available??Read full review »
Saji26 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 08/07/14
Donald Kagan is not only a leading authority on Ancient Greece but also is fun to listen to. The lectures feel more like stories, and the comparisons to NATO and more modern geo-politics makes for interesting food for thought.
autocorrrelation via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/26/14
1. He has a bad audio manner -- lots of coughing and throat-clearing, which might not be distracting in a live lecture but get in the way in audio-only. 2. I really wanted a course in ancient Greek history, not a primer in modern American Conservative thought. Really, do I need to hear about the...Read full review »
GenjiandProust via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/29/13
Donald Kagan literally "wrote the book" on the Peloponnesian War. You are listening to a man who will be continuously cited for generations. I’m a rather newbie on ancient Greece, I haven’t anything to compare this against, and therefore, can’t critique whether he should have emphasized...Read full review »
Posterizer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/02/13
I'll echo previous comments. This guy has so much mucus buildup that he can't get two words out without clearing his throat or coughing up a glob. It's gross.Read full review »
DCPonder via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/04/13
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