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Professor Garrett G. Fagan, Ph.D.

Professor Garrett G. Fagan
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • McMaster University
To learn about the people of antiquity is to examine the foundations of how we live today. They are at once alien and familiar, an image of ourselves glimpsed in a distant mirror.
Dr. Garrett G. Fagan is Professor of Ancient History at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught since 1996. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, and educated at Trinity College. He earned his Ph.D. from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and has held teaching positions at McMaster University, York University (Canada), and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Davidson College. In all of these institutions, students have given very high ratings to his courses on the classical world. He has also given many public lectures to audiences of all ages. Professor Fagan has an extensive research record in Roman history and has held a prestigious Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship at the University of Cologne, Germany. He has published numerous articles in international journals, and his first monograph, Bathing in Public in the Roman World, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 1999. He has also edited a volume from Routledge on the phenomenon of pseudoarchaeology (2005). His current research project is on spectatorship at the Roman arena, and he is also working on a book on ancient warfare.
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"The enthusiasm Professor Fagan has for his "Ancient Roman History" is carried over to his lectures making them both absorbing and instructive."

 

"Professor Fagan is outstanding.  I've now listened to all 3 of his courses and I would buy his next lecture no matter what it's about!"

 

"Professor Fagan was a joy to listen to.  He was organized, prepared, and communicated very well.  His views were well balanced and fair regarding the issues being presented."

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  1. History of Ancient Rome

    History of Ancient Rome

    Garrett G. Fagan
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability. At its height, the Roman Empire, unified in politics and law, stretched from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland, and it stood for almost 700 years. This course draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and...
  2. Great Battles of the Ancient World

    Great Battles of the Ancient World

    Garrett G. Fagan
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    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? In this course, Professor Garrett G. Fagan takes you into the thick of combat in some of the most notable battles fought in the Mediterranean region from prehistoric times to the...
  3. Emperors of Rome

    Emperors of Rome

    Garrett G. Fagan
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    They are said to be the most powerful rulers who ever lived—a checkered mix of the wise, the brutal, and the unhinged. For more than five centuries they presided over a multiethnic empire that was nearly always at war, if not with neighbors then with rebellious factions within the empire itself. The full scope of their powers was not systematized in constitutional law, a fact that tempted many of them to overreach...
  4. Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History Collection

    Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    For years, The Great Courses has taken you on stirring explorations of our ancient roots. The Joy of Ancient History is an insightful collection of 36 lectures curated from our most popular ancient history courses. Guided by our highly rated professors, hopscotch around the world to experience the fascinating variety that ancient history offers: from great heroes and epic battles to lost civilizations and beyond.
  5. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  6. (Set) History of Ancient Rome/Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age  Set

    (Set) History of Ancient Rome/Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  7. (Set) Great Battles of the Ancient World & American Civil War  Set

    (Set) Great Battles of the Ancient World & American Civil War

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
    In these two courses, experience the fury of history's greatest battles and conflicts. Great Battles of the Ancient World brings you into the thick of ancient combat in notable battles such as Troy, Gaugamela, and Masada. Examine the experience of the American Civil War, from the front lines of battle to the home fronts of the Union and the Confederacy, in American Civil War.
  8. Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi Set

    Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,619.65 Starting at $2,619.65 $2,619.65 $2,619.65$2,619.65
    In this engrossing seven-course set, explore some of the world's greatest cities, countries, and civilizations—all from the comfort of your own home. Journey back to the cultural wonders of 14th- and 15th-century Italy with The Italian Renaissance and The Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance. Then survey the fascinating histories of four great civilizations with Ancient Greek Civilization, The History of...
  9. (Set) Emperors of Rome & Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire  Set

    (Set) Emperors of Rome & Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Meet some of the most enigmatic figures from the ancient world with this exciting two-course set. In Emperors of Rome, noted Roman historian and Professor Garrett G. Fagan reveals fascinating secrets about Augustus, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, and other emperors who forever defined the Roman Empire. In Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire, classics expert and Professor Kenneth W. Harl details the astonishing...
  10. (Set) Greek and Persian Wars & Great Battles of the Ancient World   Set

    (Set) Greek and Persian Wars & Great Battles of the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    What were ancient battles really like? What weapons, tactics, armor, training, and logistics were used? Find out in this gripping course duo on ancient warfare. First, The Greek and Persian Wars looks at the new world order sparked by this two-century clash. And Great Battles of the Ancient World goes into the thick of combat in some of the most notable battles fought in the Mediterranean region from prehistoric...
  11. (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History & History of Ancient Rome  Set

    (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History & History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Travel back in time and around the world from the comfort of your own home with these two history courses that plunge you into thousands of years of drama and excitement. From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History delivers a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history. The History of Ancient Rome gives you a richly detailed look inside...
  12. Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi Set

    Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,269.65 Starting at $1,269.65 $2,579.65 $1,269.65$2,579.65
    The wonders of the distant past come to life in this engaging seven-course set taught by award-winning historians who excel in re-creating long-gone civilizations. Discover the essential nature, evolution, and perceptions of early Western civilization with The Foundations of Western Civilization. Then, survey the captivating stories of three grand ancient empires with The History of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greek...
  13. (Set) History of Ancient Rome & Rome and the Barbarians  Set

    (Set) History of Ancient Rome & Rome and the Barbarians

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    The story of ancient Rome is riveting, and its influence on the world is indelible. In these two courses taught by expert historians, get an in-depth look at fascinating aspects of this ancient civilization. The History of Ancient Rome offers you a richly detailed examination of the broad scope and intimate details of ancient Roman history. Rome and the Barbarians explores the relationship between ancient Rome and...
  14. (Set) Emperors of Rome & History of Ancient Rome  Set

    (Set) Emperors of Rome & History of Ancient Rome

    Garrett G. Fagan
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  15. (Set) Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean & Emperors of Rome  Set

    (Set) Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean & Emperors of Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    With these two courses, get rare and impressive opportunities to understand the two dominant cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world: Greece and Rome. In Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean, explore how these two diverse cultures interested, coincided and at times collided to produce the marvels of Greco-Roman culture. Then, delve even deeper into the politics of ancient Rome with...
  16. (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & History of Ancient Rome  Set

    (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Investigate the amazing breadth and depth of ancient history. The Foundations of Western Civilization covers roughly four millennia of human history, revealing the people, places, ideas, and events that laid the groundwork for the modern Western world. The History of Ancient Rome explores the civilization's famous personalities and events, as well as the deeper sources of its continuing influence.
  17. (Set) History of Ancient Rome & History of Ancient Egypt  Set

    (Set) History of Ancient Rome & History of Ancient Egypt

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Delve into the marvels of ancient Roman and Egyptian history with two expert historians. The History of Ancient Rome explores the civilization's famous personalities and events, as well as the deeper sources of its greatest and continuing influence. The History of Ancient Egypt is an engrossing and comprehensive examination of the mysteries of early Egyptian history.
  18. (Set) Experiencing Rome: A Visual Exploration of Antiquity's Greatest Empire & The History of Ancient Rome  Set

    (Set) Experiencing Rome: A Visual Exploration of Antiquity's Greatest Empire & The History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $894.90 Starting at $894.90 $894.90 $894.90$894.90
    With these two courses, journey with award-winning historians back to an amazing period in history. First follow award-winning Professor Steven L. Tuck, in Experiencing Rome: A Visual Exploration of Antiquity's Greatest Empire. This course examines how Rome visually connected with its citizens through a range of spectacles and shared experiences, including: extravagant public displays, architecture, engineering, and...
  19. (Set) Famous Romans/History of Ancient Rome  Set

    (Set) Famous Romans/History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $539.90 $379.90$539.90
  20. (Set) Masters of War & Great Battles of the Ancient World Set

    (Set) Masters of War & Great Battles of the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Investigate military strategy, tactics, and weaponry from ancient times through the modern day with this two-course set. First, Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers gives you an inside look at the thought process and historical context of the world's greatest war strategists. Then, Great Battles of the Ancient World takes you into the thick of combat in some of the most notable battles fought in the...
  21. (Set) Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City & History of Ancient Rome  Set

    (Set) Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City & History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
    Go back and time and unearth long-buried secrets from one of the greatest civilizations in the ancient world. First, explore the long-lost lives of aristocrats, merchants, slaves, and other individuals from the destroyed city of Pompeii with Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City. Then, get a fascinating overview of the figures, events, and themes from Roman civilization with A History of Ancient Rome.
  22. (Set)  The Fall of the Pagans & History of Ancient Rome Set

    (Set) The Fall of the Pagans & History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  23. (Set) History of Ancient Rome; Famous Romans; Emperors of Rome & Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation  Set

    (Set) History of Ancient Rome; Famous Romans; Emperors of Rome & Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $779.80 Starting at $779.80 $1,524.80 $779.80$1,524.80
    In these four courses taught by expert historians, get an in-depth look at fascinating aspects of ancient Rome: one of the greatest civilizations in the history of the world. The History of Ancient Rome is a richly detailed examination of the broad scope and intimate details of ancient Roman history. Famous Romans recalls the lives of the remarkable individuals—statesmen, thinkers, warriors, writers, and...
  24. (Set) Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World & History of Ancient Rome  Set

    (Set) Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World & History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Explore the two cornerstones of ancient Western civilization and learn their undeniable impact on our 21st-century world with this two-course set. The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World immerses you in this exciting crucible of innovation with 48 lectures that focus on Greek democracy, law, and empire, as well as the people who molded them. The History of Ancient Rome gives you a richly detailed look inside both...
  25. Era of the Crusades; World War Set

    Era of the Crusades; World War

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,179.70 Starting at $1,179.70 $2,274.70 $1,179.70$2,274.70
    Travel back to the front lines and home fronts of history's greatest military conflicts in this six-course set that takes you inside the furious heart of ancient and modern warfare. In Great Battles of the Ancient World, take a pointed look at some of human civilization's earliest conflicts, then plunge into the thick of battle between the ancient city-states of Athens and Sparta in The Peloponnesian War—the...
  26. (Set) Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor/History of Ancient Rome: In Bundle Set

    (Set) Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor/History of Ancient Rome: In Bundle

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $539.90 $379.90$539.90
  27. (Set) Ancient Greek Civilization & History of Ancient Rome  Set

    (Set) Ancient Greek Civilization & History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
    Ancient Greek Civilization takes you back to the richness of ancient Greece and reveals new insights afforded by recent research on the West's first great civilization. The History of Ancient Rome is a similar exploration of the civilization that ruled Europe after the Greeks and left an indelible mark on subsequent history. Taken together, both courses will illuminate your understanding of the Classical world.
  28. (Set) Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire & History of Ancient Rome  Set

    (Set) Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire & History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Travel back to the ancient world and uncover new insights into one of its greatest figures and two of its most powerful empires. Go beyond the myth to learn about ancient history's iconic military leader and his time in Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire. Afterward, delve into the broad scope and intimate details of one of ancient history's greatest civilizations in The History of Ancient Rome.
  29. (Set)  Latin 101 & History of Ancient Rome Set

    (Set) Latin 101 & History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
  30. (Set) Great Battles of the Ancient World/Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age  Set

    (Set) Great Battles of the Ancient World/Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90