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Professor John W. Lee, Ph.D.

Professor John W. Lee
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Cornell University
The Persian Empire is a great case study in the lifecycle of ancient empires. By studying it, we can really see how the right conditions and the right leaders can drive rapid historical change.

Professor John W. I. Lee is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He grew up in Southeast Asia and Hawaii. After studying history at the University of Washington, he earned his Ph.D. in History from Cornell University. Professor Lee's research specialty is the history of warfare in the ancient world. He has published on ancient mercenary soldiers, Greek and Persian armies, women in ancient war, the origins of military autobiography, and urban combat in antiquity. He is the author of A Greek Army on the March: Soldiers and Survival in Xenophon's Anabasis, published by Cambridge University Press. Professor Lee has won a UC Santa Barbara Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award for 2003-2004 and the University's Harold J. Plous Award for 2005-2006, which is given to the outstanding Assistant Professor for performance and promise as measured by creative action and contribution to the intellectual life of the college community. Professor Lee has conducted field research and has led travel-study groups in Greece and Turkey. He is currently director of the Ancient Mediterranean Studies program at UC Santa Barbara and co-organizer of the University of California Multi-Campus Research Group on Ancient Borderlands.

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"Professor Lee presents the course in a very interesting manner. His style is extremely clear and easy to follow and the lectures are enjoyable to listen to."

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11 Courses and Sets

  1. The Persian Empire

    The Persian Empire

    John W. Lee
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    What do we really know about the ancient Persians? Explore the secrets of one of the greatest empires in the ancient world from a fresh perspective: its own. Over the span of 24 lectures, Professor John W. I. Lee examines Persian sources to reveal what we known about this grand civilization. Tapping into the latest scholarship, The Persian Empire is sure to fill in some critical gaps in your understanding and...
  2. 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.
  3. (Set)  The Persian Empire & Alexander the Great and the Macedo Set

    (Set) The Persian Empire & Alexander the Great and the Macedo

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  4. (Set) History of Ancient Egypt & The Persian Empire  Set

    (Set) History of Ancient Egypt & The Persian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  5. (Set)  The Persian Empire & Ancient Empires Before Alexander Set

    (Set) The Persian Empire & Ancient Empires Before Alexander

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  6. (Set)  Lost Worlds of South America & The Persian Empire Set

    (Set) Lost Worlds of South America & The Persian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  7. (Set)  The Persian Empire & Great Ancient Civilizations of Asi Set

    (Set) The Persian Empire & Great Ancient Civilizations of Asi

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  8. (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
  9. (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
  10. (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
  11. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set on sale

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $415.00 Starting at $88.90 $124.90 $88.90$124.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.