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Professor John R. Hale, Ph.D.

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.
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"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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  1. 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 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    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...
  2. 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 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    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...
  3. Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    John R. Hale
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    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.
  4. Exploring the Roots of Religion

    Exploring the Roots of Religion

    John R. Hale
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    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...
  5. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    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!
  6. 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.
  7. Greek and Persian Wars

    Greek and Persian Wars

    John R. Hale
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    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...
  8. (Set) Special Offer: Buy all 8  Set

    (Set) Special Offer: Buy all 8

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,359.60 Starting at $1,359.60 $1,599.60 $1,359.60$1,599.60
    Discover grand insights into a range of fascinating subjects with this dynamic eight-course set: Secrets of Mental Math, History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon, Optimizing Brain Fitness, Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History, Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe, Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre, Origins of Great Ancient...
  9. (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul  & Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City  Set

    (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul & Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    In The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul, 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. Then in Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City, eminent classicist and Professor Steven L. Tuck resurrects the long-lost lives of aristocrats, merchants, slaves, and other...
  10. (Set) Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History & Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything  Set

    (Set) Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History & Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
    Learn how to give persuasive public speeches and write compelling copy with this two-course set that will help you communicate better and with greater confidence in speech and the written word. In The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History, Professor John R. Hale gives you personal pointers and time-tested techniques used by some of the greatest figures in history to deliver powerful,...
  11. (Set)  Art of Public Speaking & Optimizing Brain Fitness Set

    (Set) Art of Public Speaking & Optimizing Brain Fitness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $339.90 Starting at $339.90 $399.90 $339.90$399.90
  12. (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Exploring the Roots of Religion  Set

    (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Exploring the Roots of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Illuminate your understanding of spirituality with these two courses on great religious leaders and the fascinating remains of the world's earliest religions. In Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad, examine the core teachings and thoughts of each of these four iconic individuals. And in Exploring the Roots of Religion, join an archaeologist on an exploration of sacred buildings, complexes, and artwork that have...
  13. Experiencing Rome & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece Set

    Experiencing Rome & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$749.90
    Travel back in time and explore the wonders of two of the greatest ancient civilizations in the history of Western civilization. First, learn how ancient Rome communicated civic and cultural values to its citizens in Experiencing Rome: A Visual Exploration of Antiquity's Greatest Empire. Next, in Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome, walk through dozens of ancient Greek and Roman sites alongside a...
  14. (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures & Classic Set

    (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures & Classic

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
  15. (Set) Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Unearth fascinating secrets about ancient Greece and Rome: two fascinating civilizations to which the modern Western world is forever indebted. The relationship between the Greeks and the Romans has virtually no parallel in world history; discover why with Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean. And in Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome, archaeologist and award-winning...
  16. (Set)  The Great Ideas of Humankind Set

    (Set) The Great Ideas of Humankind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,754.40 Starting at $3,754.40 $3,754.40 $3,754.40$3,754.40
  17. (Set) The Persian Empire & Greek and Persian Wars  Set

    (Set) The Persian Empire & Greek and Persian Wars

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  18. (Set) Art of Public Speaking & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition Set

    (Set) Art of Public Speaking & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  19. (Set) The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul   Set

    (Set) The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $309.90 Starting at $309.90 $354.90 $309.90$354.90
    Our customers frequently tell us that our Great Tours courses provide them with a more profound appreciation of the places they visit and Greece & Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul is no exception. Gain double the advantage over the ordinary traveler by learning the artistic and practical techniques in The Art of Travel Photography.
  20. (Set) Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome  Set

    (Set) Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
  21. (Set) Greek and Persian Wars & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome  Set

    (Set) Greek and Persian Wars & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    John R. Hale
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Unearth the riveting past of ancient Greece and Rome with the aid of master storyteller, practicing archaeologist, and award-winning Professor John R. Hale. Experience the epic, centuries-long conflict between the Persian Empire and the city-states of Greece—one that had a lasting impact on the ancient world—in The Greek and Persian Wars. Then, learn what archaeology reveals about ancient Greek and Roman...
  22. (Set) Guide to Better Communication  Set

    (Set) Guide to Better Communication

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $479.80 Starting at $479.80 $964.80 $479.80$964.80
    Learn how to communicate effectively on a personal level, handle conflict, give persuasive public speeches, and write compelling copy with this four-course set that will help you communicate better and with greater confidence in speech, negotiations, and the written word. Effective Communication Skills is your chance to learn more about how you communicate verbally, the common problems you can encounter in doing so,...
  23. (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul  & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  24. (Set) Myth in Human History & Exploring the Roots of Religion  Set

    (Set) Myth in Human History & Exploring the Roots of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Go back in time in search of human history's most powerful, enduring myths and some of the archaeological remains of its oldest faiths in this two-course set. In Myth in Human History, survey the world's great myths and the diverse cultures behind them. And in Exploring the Roots of Religion, learn how sacred buildings, tomb structures, and more provide us with insight into early spiritual beliefs from around the...
  25. (Set)  Art of Public Speaking & Building Great Sentences Set

    (Set) Art of Public Speaking & Building Great Sentences

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  26. (Set) Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul   Set

    (Set) Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Approach Greek culture from two important angles with this set of courses. In Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon, Professor Stephen Ressler introduces you to the most creative engineers who ever lived and takes you on an insider’s tour of their impressive buildings, infrastructure systems, and machines. In Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul,...
  27. (Set) 30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey Set

    (Set) 30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Get a new perspective on ancient cultures through the lenses of art history and archaeology in this lavishly illustrated course set. First, in 30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World, you'll see some of the greatest works of art ever created and explore the ancient cultures that made them. Then, in The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul, you'll tour the fabulous civilizations of the Greeks, Romans,...
  28. (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome  Set

    (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    John R. Hale
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Follow accomplished archaeologist and Professor John R. Hale on two fascinating journeys through the remains of the ancient world with these two courses. Learn how sacred buildings, complexes, tomb structures, artwork, and more have provided us with unparalleled knowledge about early spiritual practices and beliefs from around the world in Exploring the Roots of Religion. Then, in Classical Archaeology of Ancient...
  29. (Set) Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome & Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature  Set

    (Set) Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome & Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Expand your understanding of how life was lived in ancient Greece and Rome with this engaging and comprehensive two-course set. In Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome, a practicing archaeologist guides you through dozens of ancient sites with the skill of a born storyteller. Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature is an equally penetrating look at ancient Greek culture—this time through the lens...
  30. (Set) Your Guide to Getting Ahead  Set

    (Set) Your Guide to Getting Ahead

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $479.80 Starting at $479.80 $964.80 $479.80$964.80
    Gain a range of skills essential to your professional and personal success with this practical course set. In The Art of Critical Decision Making, approach the important decisions in your life with a more educated eye in this course on how individuals and groups make decisions. In The Art of Conflict Management: Achieving Solutions for Life, Work, and Beyond, discover tips, tools, and techniques you can use to...