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Professor Kenneth W. Harl, Ph.D.

Professor Kenneth W. Harl
  • Tulane University
  • Yale University
We will be looking largely at archeological evidence and analysis done by anthropologists because we are operating largely in a world without writing.
Dr. Kenneth W. Harl is Professor of Classical and Byzantine History at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he teaches courses in Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Crusader history. He earned his B.A. from Trinity College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. Recognized as an outstanding lecturer, Professor Harl has received numerous teaching awards at Tulane, including the coveted Sheldon H. Hackney Award. He has earned Tulane's annual Student Body Award for Excellence in Teaching nine times and is the recipient of Baylor University's nationwide Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers. In 2007, he was the Lewis P. Jones Visiting Professor in History at Wofford College. An expert on classical Anatolia, he has taken students with him into the field on excursions and to assist in excavations of Hellenistic and Roman sites in Turkey. Professor Harl has also published a wide variety of articles and books, including his current work on coins unearthed in an excavation of Gordion, Turkey, and a new book on Rome and her Iranian foes. A fellow and trustee of the American Numismatic Society, Professor Harl is well known for his studies of ancient coinage. He is the author of Civic Coins and Civic Politics in the Roman East, A.D. 180-275 and Coinage in the Roman Economy, 300 B.C. to A.D. 700.
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88 Courses and Sets

  1. Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations

    Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    Uncover deep mysteries about the ancient civilizations of the Near East—and their indelible impact on the history of the world—with Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations. This course is your introduction to the fascinating civilizations that often receive only a few lines of cursory discussion in the average textbook on Western civilization, including: the Hitties, the Assyrians, and the Sumerians. Along the...
  2. The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes

    The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan loom large in the popular consciousness as two of history’s most fearsome warrior-leaders. Yet few people today are aware of their place in a succession of nomadic warriors who emerged from the Eurasian steppes to seize control of civilizations. In the 36 gripping lectures of The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes, award-winning Professor Kenneth W. Harl of Tulane University...
  3. Vikings

    Vikings

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Explorers and traders, the Vikings sailed from Newfoundland to Baghdad, across raging seas and swift rivers, extending trade and prosperity in voyages of creative destruction. By 1100, however, the Vikings had disappeared, having willingly shed their identity and dissolved into the mists of myth and legend. How did this happen? And how should we remember this formidable civilization? Who were the Vikings? Dr....
  4. Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity

    Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Why did pagan Rome clash with early Christians? How did Christianity ultimately achieve dominance in the Roman Empire and eclipse paganism in one of the most influential turning points in the history of the West? Find out the startling answers to these and other questions with The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity. This historically focused discussion of the dramatic interaction between...
  5. Era of the Crusades

    Era of the Crusades

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Professor Kenneth Harl, Tulane University’s nine-time teaching award winner, leads a thorough and intellectually challenging analysis of one of history’s most renowned and influential periods of religious warfare. You will fully appreciate how Western civilization changed in many profound ways during the Crusading era, and explore misperceptions and long-debated questions about the Crusades.
  6. Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor Sale

    Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Save up to $205.00 Starting at $29.95 $49.95 $29.95$49.95
    The peninsula of Asian Turkey, known to the Greeks as Anatolia and to the Romans as Asia Minor, is about the size of Texas. This small subcontinent has arguably seen more history than any other comparably sized patch of Earth anywhere. Professor Kenneth W. Harl discusses Asia Minor's pivotal role in history in this engaging, original presentation.
  7. Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

    Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Go beyond the myth to learn about ancient history's greatest military leader and his time in Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire. In 36 spellbinding lectures, you'll enter Alexander's world and witness the astonishing feats of military genius that have made Alexander's name renowned to the present day. An expert on the classical world, Professor Kenneth W. Harl introduces you to all sides of this...
  8. Rome and the Barbarians Sale

    Rome and the Barbarians

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $49.95 $99.95 $49.95$99.95
    Who were the barbarians, and how could Rome wield its power against them for centuries? This course tells the story of complex relationships between these different cultures and their Roman conquerors from 300 B.C. to A.D. 600 as they intermarried, exchanged ideas, and, in the ensuing provincial Roman cultures, formed the basis of Western European civilization.
  9. The World of Byzantium Sale

    The World of Byzantium

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    Open new vistas of historical insight as you join award-winning scholar and lecturer Kenneth W. Harl in this study of the crucial yet overlooked civilization of Byzantium. These lectures fill a gap in history and give you a much wider and more accurate perspective on everything from the decline of imperial Rome to the rise of the Renaissance.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Peloponnesian War

    Peloponnesian War

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    The ancient Greek historian Thucydides called it "a war like no other"—arguably the greatest in the history of the world up to that time. The Peloponnesian War pitted Athens and her allies against a league of city-states headed by Sparta. Thucydides's eyewitness account of the war has been a classic for 24 centuries and is still studied for its profound truths about the nature of human strife. In The Peloponnesian...
  13. (Set)  The Fall of the Pagans & The Medieval World Set

    (Set) The Fall of the Pagans & The Medieval World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  14. (Set) Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation & World of Byzantium  Set

    (Set) Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation & World of Byzantium

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    The mysteries and wonders of an important—but often overlooked—age in human history are finally revealed. In Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation, explore how the fall of the Roman Empire gave birth to Medieval Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamic Calipahte. In World of Byzantium, delve even deeper into the cultural riches of the Byzantine Empire and get a panoramic view of a civilization...
  15. (Set) Era of the Crusades/High Middle Ages Set

    (Set) Era of the Crusades/High Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  16. (Set) Emperors of Rome & Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire  Set

    (Set) Emperors of Rome & Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Meet some of the most enigmatic figures from the ancient world with this exciting two-course set. In Emperors of Rome, noted Roman historian and Professor Garrett G. Fagan reveals fascinating secrets about Augustus, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, and other emperors who forever defined the Roman Empire. In Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire, classics expert and Professor Kenneth W. Harl details the astonishing...
  17. (Set) Vikings & World of Byzantium  Set

    (Set) Vikings & World of Byzantium

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Travel into the world of two great ancient civilizations and cultures with this set by classical historian and Professor Kenneth W. Harl. In The Vikings, you study the Vikings not only as warriors, but also in other roles for which they were equally extraordinary: merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas. Then, in The World of Byzantium,...
  18. (Set) Peloponnesian War & Greek and Persian Wars  Set

    (Set) Peloponnesian War & Greek and Persian Wars

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Travel back to the ancient Greek world and experience the fury of its most cataclysmic wars with this course set delivered by a pair of award-winning historians. In The Peloponnesian War, discover a full picture of the Greek world in uneasy peace and then all-out war between Athens and Sparta in the late 5th century B.C. In The Greek and Persian Wars, delve into the globe-spanning conflict between the Greeks and the...
  19. (Set) The Harl Collection  Set

    (Set) The Harl Collection

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $1,349.60 Starting at $1,349.60 $2,584.60 $1,349.60$2,584.60
    Travel into the ancient world of ancient battles, military geniuses, and great civilizations and cultures in the company of master classical historian and Professor Kenneth W. Harl with this eight-course set: The Vikings; The Era of the Crusades; Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor; The World of Byzantium; The Peloponnesian War; Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire; Origins of Great Ancient...
  20. (Set) Lost Worlds of South America & The Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations  Set

    (Set) Lost Worlds of South America & The Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
    Investigate the unfolding of the cradles of civilization that paralleled each other yet were very different in this intriguing course set. In Lost Worlds of South America, take an adventurous trek of discovery through the emerging finds and archaeological knowledge of more than 12 seminal civilizations in South America, one of only six places on earth where civilization arose spontaneously. And in Great Ancient...
  21. (Set)  Barbarian Empires of the Steppes & World of Byzantium Set

    (Set) Barbarian Empires of the Steppes & World of Byzantium

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  22. (Set) Turning Points in Ancient History  Set

    (Set) Turning Points in Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $659.80 Starting at $659.80 $1,259.80 $659.80$1,259.80
    Relive the greatest moments in the epic sweep of ancient history with these courses by masterful historians, storytellers, and professors. Start by exploring the dramatic battles and defining moments of the conflicts between two great empires with The Greek and Persian Wars. Then, examine the epic war between the city-states of Sparta and Athens in The Peloponnesian War. Discover what biblical and historical sources...
  23. (Set) Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor/History of Ancient Rome: In Bundle Set

    (Set) Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor/History of Ancient Rome: In Bundle

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $539.90 $379.90$539.90
  24. (Set) Historical Jesus & Rome and the Barbarians  Set

    (Set) Historical Jesus & Rome and the Barbarians

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Travel back in time and explore ancient history from the dawn of Christianity up through the fall of Rome. First, discover what biblical and historical sources reveal about Jesus's life and deeds with The Historical Jesus. Then, explore the complex interactions between the Roman Empire and the Celts, Goths, Huns, and Persians in Rome and the Barbarians.
  25. (Set)  The Fall of the Pagans & Late Antiquity Set

    (Set) The Fall of the Pagans & Late Antiquity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  26. (Set) Era of the Crusades & World of Byzantium  Set

    (Set) Era of the Crusades & World of Byzantium

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Investigate a fascinating and often misunderstood period in the grand narrative of Western civilization with this two-course set delivered by masterful historians and professors. In The Era of the Crusades, discover how the epic conflicts between Western Christendom, the Byzantine Empire, and the Muslim world forever changed the course of history. Then, in The World of Byzantium, delve into the tumultuous period...
  27. (Set) Vikings & Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire  Set

    (Set) Vikings & Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Travel back in time and visit some of history's most dramatic and exciting figures in this two-course set delivered by masterful historian and award-winning Professor Kenneth W. Harl. First, in The Vikings, study these captivating people not only as warriors but as merchants, artists, kings, seafarers, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas. Then, in Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire,...
  28. (Set) Era of the Crusades & Medieval World Set

    (Set) Era of the Crusades & Medieval World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  29. (Set) Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia & Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor  Set

    (Set) Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia & Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Solve the mysteries of the diverse civilizations of ancient Asia Minor. Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia takes you on an insightful tour through the region bordered by the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, from Neolithic times to the age of Alexander the Great. Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor uses recent historical evidence to shed light on Classical Greece, Imperial Rome, the Ottoman...
  30. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set

    (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!!

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.80 Starting at $799.80 $799.80 $799.80$799.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Optimizing Brain Fitness; Black Holes Explained; Museum Masterpieces: The Lourve; and The Origins of Ancient Civilization in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special offer is the perfect way to sample some of the fascinating subjects, engaging professors, and profound insights you can...