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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.

"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, Ph.D.
    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. Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History Collection

    Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    Garrett G. Fagan, Ph.D.
    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.
  3. Great Battles of the Ancient World Sale

    Great Battles of the Ancient World

    Garrett G. Fagan, Ph.D.
    Save up to $215.00 Starting at $29.95 $39.95 $29.95$39.95
    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...
  4. Emperors of Rome

    Emperors of Rome

    Garrett G. Fagan, Ph.D.
    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...
  5. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Garrett G. Fagan, Ph.D.
    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.