Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Great Battles Of The Ancient World (The Great Courses)” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
Great Battles Of The A...
 
by
Garrett G. Fagan
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Great Battles Of The Ancient World (The Great Courses)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  97 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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
Published by The Teaching Company
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Great Battles Of The Ancient World, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Great Battles Of The Ancient World

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Haengbok92
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, audio
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
Neale Aslett
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jim
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tgc
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
Chuck
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Christopher Preiman
Very well done. Engaging and entertaining throughout.
I learned quite a bit, more than I expected. Which in itself a surprise, as this is a subject I already knew quite a bit about. Though for all the wealth of information, we never get bogged down in the details. You get just what you need, and are invited to dig deeper if you'd like.
I'll probably be using this as a reference for some time to come.
Aaron Kimpton
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kirsti
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lively and interesting. Before I listened to these I didn't know anything about the Battle of the Teutonburg Forest.
Coyle
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent series of lectures from the Teaching Company. Highly interesting both from a military and historical perspective.
Katie O'bryan
You are going want the visuals/video. Good. Not my favorite topic, but interesting.
Troy
rated it really liked it
Jun 28, 2013
Michael Maldonado
rated it really liked it
Nov 09, 2013
Peter Mcloughlin
rated it it was amazing
May 06, 2017
Nikola Krunic
rated it really liked it
Nov 27, 2015
Sara
rated it liked it
Aug 13, 2016
Macky
rated it really liked it
Jun 02, 2016
Alan
rated it really liked it
Dec 01, 2011
Gerard Hovanessyan
rated it it was amazing
Jul 11, 2012
Chad
rated it it was ok
Jan 11, 2015
Richard
rated it really liked it
Sep 05, 2011
Doug
rated it liked it
May 13, 2015
Randy
rated it really liked it
Mar 15, 2014
William Trently
rated it really liked it
May 25, 2013
Jim
rated it liked it
Dec 07, 2013
Rebecca
rated it really liked it
Jan 23, 2014
Cecilia
rated it really liked it
Jan 24, 2012
Kenys
rated it it was ok
May 05, 2015
Matt
rated it it was amazing
Nov 06, 2016
Dmitriy Klimchuk
rated it really liked it
Sep 01, 2015
John Sorensen
rated it really liked it
Nov 02, 2014
Jim
rated it really liked it
Nov 04, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book