Why do the ancient Greeks occupy such a prominent place in conceptions of Western culture and identity? What about them made generations of influential scholars and writers view Hellenic culture as the uniquely essential starting point for understanding the art and reflection that define the West? Does this view tell the whole story?
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 and ideals of athletic competition, and more. Blazoned above the portal of Apollo's temple at Delphi were the words, "Know thyself." For us, this injunction to self-awareness also commands knowledge of the Greeks.
With Professor Jeremy McInerney as your teacher, you'll come away with fresh knowledge on one of humanity's most golden ages. A native Australian, Professor McInerney is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves on the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He has excavated Greek sites in Israel, at Corinth, and on Crete.
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Jeremy McInerney, University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley Course Lecture Titles
1. Greece and the Western World
2. Minoan Crete
3. Schliemann and Mycenae
4. The Long Twilight
5. The Age of Heroes
6. From Sicily to Syria—The Growth of Trade and Colonization
7. Delphi and Olympia
8. The Spartans
11. The Origins of Democracy
12. Beyond Greece—The Persian Empire
13. The Persian Wars
14. The Athenian Empire
15. The Art of Democracy
16. Sacrifice and Greek Religion
17. Theater and the Competition of Art
18. Sex and Gender
19. The Peloponnesian War, Part I
20. The Peloponnesian War, Part II
21. Socrates on Trial
22. Slavery and Freedom
23. Athens in Decline?
24. Philip, Alexander, and Greece in Transitionmp3 | 24 lectures | 30 minutes every lectures | 64 kbps | 303 Mb