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Garrett G. Fagan
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Great Battles Of The Ancient World (The Great Courses)

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Hollywood has gone to elaborate lengths to recreate the violence and mayhem of ancient warfare in movies such as Gladiator and Troy. But what were ancient battles really like? What weapons, tactics, armor, training, and logistics were used? And what were the crucial factors that could turn the tide of battle, giving one side victory and consigning the other to slaughter, ...more
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While the first few lectures were a bit slower (interesting, but not as narratively compelling), the middle lectures, including Marathon, Thermopylae, the March of the 10,000 (my favorite) and Alexander the Great's arc were amazing. I really look at this audioseries as a resource, well worth revisiting when thinking about the nuts and bolts of ancient battle tactics and strategy. Lots of wonderful information. Also, the lecturer had a lovely, dry sense of humor and offered and analyzed multiple ...more
Has the social and political fabric of the western world been significantly influenced by the outcome of singular occurrences in the ancient/classical world? Could we today be experiencing similar world-changing episodes that will forever shape the course of (western) human history...and could we recognize it? These are but two of the questions that occurred to me on completing this 24-lecture series (30 minute audio lectures), presented by Prof Garrett Fagan. The singular occurrences in these l ...more
Neale Aslett
Prof. Fagan is an engaging and witty lecturer, who keeps the reader transfixed by the skein of history. I was first introduced to him by his history of Ancient Rome, and his Great Battles is equally as enjoyable.
Great Battles of the Ancient World by Garrett G. Fagan is a series of 24 lectures on battles that occurred before the 5th Century AD/CE. It is part of The Teaching Company series.

I found Dr Fagan's series interesting and quite enlightening. He also has a wonderful talent for making history into an interesting story. He is open regarding what modern historians know and when they are guessing. He also discusses the disputes that occur between historians over the material, and his position on them
Lively and interesting. Before I listened to these I didn't know anything about the Battle of the Teutonburg Forest.
Aaron Kimpton
I enjoy being able to understand the basic differences in historical battles, troops, gear, and formations. The lecturer has done a great job distilling this information down. He does a good if not somewhat comical job of displaying other views of historical battles. It is a good listen so far.
Nicely cuts through the mythos of many of the large scale battles and a nice run through the history of western civilization.
An excellent series of lectures from the Teaching Company. Highly interesting both from a military and historical perspective.
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