Fantastic overview course of Ancient Greece
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 probable explanations of the early Greeks; for instance, he doesn’t discuss the idea that the Spartans were not Dorians and invaded Achaean Greece from Asia Minor, Asia he is only going to discuss facts. He admits that there are other prevailing theories but makes no mention of this, instead saying very assertively that they *eventually* were Dorians. Not helpful if someone is learning this for the first time. Most of the information on the Dark Ages of Greece isn’t a sure thing, so it is necessary to explain the hypotheses more broadly. Also hardly any mention of Tiryns or Heracles. This is important information that allows a better understanding of Bronze Age Greece and the Mycenaean period more broadly. Who were these people and where did they go? Who were the later Greeks? All of these deliberations are important to understanding how Greece progressed from its initial settlement to the classical period and the eventual Hellenistic world. He also doesn’t do an incredibly good job of explaining the rise of Macedonia. Due to his own scholarly pursuits, he clearly places an emphasis on the classical period and the Peloponnesian War and relates less specific historical information regarding Alexander and Philip. Instead he moralizes about their actions in a 20th century context when covering these topics, which is unhelpful for someone attempting to simply learn the history. Despite these specific shortcomings, the overall information he does present in this series is excellent, and he truly has a vast and enviable understanding of the ancient Greek world. We are lucky to have these lectures, as the institution of classical education is dying off. Independently inquisitive people will continue to return to the classics for inspiration and understanding about ourselves, which makes Kagan’s lectures that much more valuable and treasured.
JimmyTwoTomes via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/15/19
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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
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
Great information but the ummmms and constant throat clearing drives me crazy!
Everettt via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/18/11
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