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Professor John R. Hale

Professor John R. Hale
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Cambridge
The most important record of religious history resides not in books and sacred texts but buried in the earth.
Dr. John R. Hale is the Director of Liberal Studies at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He earned his B.A. at Yale University and his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in England. Professor Hale teaches introductory courses on archaeology, as well as more specialized courses on the Bronze Age, the ancient Greeks, the Roman world, Celtic cultures, the Vikings, and nautical and underwater archaeology. An accomplished instructor, Professor Hale is also an archaeologist with more than 30 years of fieldwork experience. He has excavated at a Romano-British town in Lincolnshire, England, and at the Roman Villa of Torre de Palma in Portugal. Among other places, he has carried out interdisciplinary studies of ancient oracle sites in Greece and Turkey, including the famous Delphic oracle, and participated in an undersea search in Greek waters for lost fleets from the time of the Persian Wars. Professor Hale has received many awards for distinguished teaching, including the Panhellenic Teacher of the Year Award and the Delphi Center Award. His writing has been published in the journals Antiquity, The Classical Bulletin, the Journal of Roman Archaeology, and Scientific American.

"Professor Hale has a genuine enthusiasm for this subject and this comes out and across in his presentation. He has a broad knowledge of the field, but his style is laid back and enjoyable."


"Dr Hale, a gifted storyteller, has a marvellous speaking technique which is at once fascinating and compelling, drawing you into his narratives as he relates events, bringing them to life in his inimitable, authoritative way."


"Professor Hale's presentations are interesting, and he is one of the most gifted teachers in Greek and Roman history/archaeology that I have seen. It is very fortunate that The Great Courses has him on faculty."


"Professor Hale grabs your interest from the 1st minute and doesn't let it go. You get the story official, unofficial and the back stories that make this subject so interesting. Bravissimo and encore!"

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7 Courses

  1. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Sale

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    John R. Hale
    Save up to $200.00
    The Great Courses has introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Enjoy a collection of 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. Religious writings that may have been forged; a universal template of world myths; the science of tasting colors—Join us for an intriguing tour of big ideas!
  2. Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    John R. Hale
    Starting at $219.95
    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. Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History

    Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History

    John R. Hale
    Starting at $89.95
    Improve and enhance your public-speaking skills with time-tested techniques and strategies used by Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and other great orators in The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History. Delivered by frequent lecturer and distinguished historian Professor John R. Hale, these 12 engaging and accessible lectures offer you helpful insights into preparing for public...
  4. Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

    Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

    John R. Hale
    Starting at $214.95
    Join Professor John R. Hale as he guides you through the fabulous civilizations of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans, and to the natural wonders surrounding them. The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul is a journey unlike any other, giving you the chance to experience important sites—such as the Acropolis of Athens, Ephesus, and Sardis—through the eyes of a scholar whose...
  5. Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    John R. Hale
    Starting at $199.95
    With the skill of a born storyteller Professor John R. Hale mixes the exotic adventures, unexpected insights, and abiding mysteries of archaeology's fabled history with anecdotes of his own extensive field experience to create an extremely fast-paced narrative that unfolds like a series of detective stories.
  6. Exploring the Roots of Religion

    Exploring the Roots of Religion

    John R. Hale
    Starting at $199.95
    Experience the thrill of discovery and learn the sacred secrets behind Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, the Acropolis, and other mysterious ancient locales. In the 36 riveting lectures of Exploring the Roots of Religion, practicing archaeologist and award-winning Professor John R. Hale shows you how sacred buildings, complexes, tomb structures, artwork, and more have provided us with unparalleled knowledge about early...
  7. Greek and Persian Wars Sale

    Greek and Persian Wars

    John R. Hale
    Save up to $185.00
    Spanning more than two centuries, the Greek and Persian wars forged a new world order, sparking developments in battle strategy, naval technology, world exploration, and art and culture that impact the world even today. Now is your opportunity to survey this globe-spanning conflict, as well as its enduring impact on the world at large. From the ancient battlefields of Thermopylae, Marathon, and Gaugamela, to the...