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Professor Gregory S. Aldrete, Ph.D.

Professor Gregory S. Aldrete
  • University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
  • University of Michigan
As an ancient historian, my goals are to share the enthusiasm for and fascination with antiquity that I feel, and to show some of the connections between that world and our own.

Dr. Gregory S. Aldrete is Professor of Humanistic Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, where he has taught since 1995. He earned his B.A. from Princeton University and his master's degree and Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Michigan. Honored many times over for his research and his teaching, Professor Aldrete was named by his university as the winner of its highest awards in each category, receiving both its Founders Association Award for Excellence in Scholarship and its Founders Association Award for Excellence in Teaching. That recognition of his teaching skills was echoed on a national level in 2009, when he received the American Philological Association Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level-the national teaching award given annually by the professional association of classics professors. The recipient of many prestigious research fellowships including five from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Professor Aldrete has published several important books in his field, including Gestures and Acclamations in Ancient Rome; Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome; Daily Life in the Roman City: Rome, Pompeii, and Ostia; The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life I: The Ancient World (as editor); Unraveling the Linothorax Mystery: Reconstructing and Testing Ancient Linen Body Armor (with S. Bartell and A. Aldrete) and The Long Shadow of Antiquity: What Have the Greeks and Romans Done for Us (with A. Aldrete).

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37 Courses and Sets

  1. The Decisive Battles of World History

    The Decisive Battles of World History

    Gregory S. Aldrete
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Discover the military conflicts that have had the greatest impact in shifting the direction of historical events and shaping our world in The Decisive Battles of World History. Covering nearly 4,000 years of history, this course explores more than three dozen history-making military engagements, from the landmark battles of the Western world to their counterparts across Asia, India, and the Middle East. These 36...
  2. History's Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach

    History's Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach

    Gregory S. Aldrete
    Starting at $149.95 Starting at $149.95 $269.95 $149.95$269.95
    Circle the globe to explore pivotal incidents of catastrophic failure in battle and consider how these errors changed the course of history.
  3. History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    Gregory S. Aldrete
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    Look at ancient history from a fresh, innovative vantage point with the 48 lectures of History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective. Historian and Professor Gregory S. Aldrete’s course examines the ancient world’s greatest civilizations from the Mediterranean, Asia, and the Americas—including those of Rome, Greece, China, Persia, India, and the Maya—not in isolation but in the full context of where...
  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. (Set)  History of the Ancient World & The Persian Empire Set

    (Set) History of the Ancient World & The Persian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  6. (Set) Foundations of Eastern Civilization & History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective  Set

    (Set) Foundations of Eastern Civilization & History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Explore some of the world’s greatest civilizations, from ancient to modern times, in this comprehensive course set. Start with Foundations of Eastern Civilization, 48 lectures that explore the history, politics, governments, art, science, and technology of Eastern countries, from the beginnings of Chinese history in the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras to the rise of the Asian tigers in the 20th century....
  7. (Set) History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity  Set

    (Set) History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
  8. (Set)  Writing and Civilization & History of the Ancient World Set

    (Set) Writing and Civilization & History of the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  9. (Set) The Decisive Battles of World History & History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective  Set

    (Set) The Decisive Battles of World History & History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    Gregory S. Aldrete
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Get a worldwide perspective on important events and themes in the ancient world through more recent times in this thought-provoking course set by Professor Gregory S. Aldrete. First, in The Decisive Battles of World History, explore military engagements throughout 4,000 years of history that determined the fate of entire civilizations, regions, and continents. Then, in History of the Ancient World: A Global...
  10. (Set) The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World  & History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective  Set

    (Set) The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World & History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Look at ancient history from a fresh vantage point with this two-course set. In History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective, you'll examine the world's greatest civilizations in the full context of where they came from, the cultures that flourished around them, and the civilizations that were to come from them. Then, in The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World, you'll go beyond the abstract...
  11. (Set)  History of the Ancient World & The World Was Never the Set

    (Set) History of the Ancient World & The World Was Never the

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  12. (Set) Lost Worlds of South America & History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective  Set

    (Set) Lost Worlds of South America & History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
    The first of this set's courses, Lost Worlds of South America leads you on an adventurous trek of discovery through the emerging finds and archaeological knowledge of more than 12 seminal civilizations. Then, in The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World, you'll go beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts to study history...
  13. (Set) The Decisive Battles of World History & War and World History  Set

    (Set) The Decisive Battles of World History & War and World History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  14. (Set) History of the Ancient World & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) History of the Ancient World & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Learn powerful, enduring lessons from the past with these two courses that offer insights into the history of the ancient world and one of Western civilization's greatest faiths. In History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective, examine the ancient world's greatest civilizations in the full context of where they came from, the cultures that flourished around them at the same time, and the civilizations that...
  15. (Set) History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective & Medieval World  Set

    (Set) History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective & Medieval World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  16. (Set) Origin of Civilization & History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective  Set

    (Set) Origin of Civilization & History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
  17. (Set) Understanding the History of the World  Set

    (Set) Understanding the History of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $949.80 Starting at $949.80 $1,934.80 $949.80$1,934.80
    Travel back in time to get a comprehensive, international perspective with the four rewarding courses in the Understanding the History of the World set. Start with Ancient Civilizations to get the full context of where our cultures were born and established. Then travel to the Medieval World and see the Development of European Civilizations, followed by Turning Points in American History.
  18. (Set)  History of the Ancient World & History of Ancient Egypt Set

    (Set) History of the Ancient World & History of Ancient Egypt

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
  19. (Set) History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach & The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes Set

    (Set) History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach & The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Get a more complete view of what shaped our world with this two-course set including History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach and The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes. These courses delve into parts of history that are often overlooked and provide a more accurate view of how civilization evolved. Aided by detailed maps and schematics of military engagements, these often neglected areas of...
  20. (Set) Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon & Decisive Battles of World History Set

    (Set) Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon & Decisive Battles of World History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
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  21. (Set)  Battles of World History & Barbarian Empires Set

    (Set) Battles of World History & Barbarian Empires

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  22. (Set) Turning Points in Middle Eastern History & The Decisive Battles of World History Set

    (Set) Turning Points in Middle Eastern History & The Decisive Battles of World History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $419.90 Starting at $419.90 $759.90 $419.90$759.90
    You can learn a lot about history by looking at the wars we fought. Study the decisive moments of the world through a set of two highly focused history courses, Turning Points in Middle Eastern History and The Decisive Battles of World History. You’ll get a new perspective on the world around you, understanding more deeply how the decisions made in the past affect us today.
  23. (Set) Understanding Japan & The Decisive Battles of World History Set

    (Set) Understanding Japan & The Decisive Battles of World History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Delve into the history of military encounters that changed the world and helped shape Japan as a modern-day global force in this two-course set. In The Decisive Battles of World History, trace the critical pivot points history has taken and then take a deeper dive with Understanding Japan: A Cultural History - it is an enthralling look at this isolated nation and the struggles, battles, and development it faced.
  24. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
  25. (Set) History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach & Masters of War Set

    (Set) History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach & Masters of War

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    If we don’t learn from our mistakes, we are destined to repeat them. That idea to the next level with this two-course set: History’s Great Military Blunders exposes how simple errors of foresight and judgment can change history, while Masters of War gives insight into some of history’s most brilliant military minds, the favorable and challenging situations they faced, and the lessons we can learn from them.
  26. (Set) History’s Greatest Voyages of Exploration & History of the Ancient World Set

    (Set) History’s Greatest Voyages of Exploration & History of the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $789.90 $399.90$789.90
    Travel back in time with this set. First, follow the gripping stories of history's greatest explorers. Then, gain a global perspective of the history of the ancient world.
  27. (Set) Cities of the Ancient World & History of Ancient World Set

    (Set) Cities of the Ancient World & History of Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $789.90 $399.90$789.90
  28. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $449.90 $329.90$449.90
  29. (Set) History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach & Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon Set

    (Set) History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach & Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $789.90 $399.90$789.90
    Time and time again, revolutions and military conflicts have changed the tides of history. In this two-part set of History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach and Living the French Revolution, you can experience the drama of notable battles and meet remarkable military leaders. Trace the astonishing impacts these events and people had on everything that followed them in history.
  30. (Set) Maya to Aztec & History of the Ancient World Set

    (Set) Maya to Aztec & History of the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $1,039.90 $534.90$1,039.90
    Delve into ancient history with this set. First, in Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed, marvel at the advanced civilizations that once shocked and baffled the world. Then, explore ancient civilizations from around the globe with History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective.