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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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87 Courses and Sets

  1. Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations Sale

    Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Save up to $160.00 Starting at $19.95 $39.95 $19.95$39.95
    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 Sale

    The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $49.95 $99.95 $49.95$99.95
    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. Rome and the Barbarians

    Rome and the Barbarians

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    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.
  6. Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor

    Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    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. Era of the Crusades Sale

    Era of the Crusades

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $49.95 $99.95 $49.95$99.95
    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.
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. The World of Byzantium

    The World of Byzantium

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    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.
  11. 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.
  12. Peloponnesian War Sale

    Peloponnesian War

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Save up to $305.00 Starting at $39.95 $69.95 $39.95$69.95
    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) Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations/Great Civilizations of Asia Minor  Set

    (Set) Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations/Great Civilizations of Asia Minor

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  14. (Set) The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes & Foundations of Eastern Civilization  Set on sale

    (Set) The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes & Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $690.00 Starting at $102.90 $204.90 $102.90$204.90
    Learn about the pivotal role that nomadic peoples and Eastern civilizations played in toppling empires, fomenting cultural exchange, and laying the foundations for the modern world in this thought-provoking set. In The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes, see how the nomads of the Eurasian steppes had an enormous impact on subsequent civilizations, including having a hand in the fall of the Roman empire, the sack...
  15. (Set)  3174, 805, 807 & 8561 Set

    (Set) 3174, 805, 807 & 8561

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $359.80 Starting at $359.80 $799.80 $359.80$799.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations, History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition, Churchill, and Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln 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...
  16. (Set)  The Fall of the Pagans & The World of Byzantium Set

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

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  17. (Set) Late Middle Ages & Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity  Set

    (Set) Late Middle Ages & Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Grasp the major changes that took place in the late medieval period that planted the seeds of modernity with this thought-provoking course set. Start with Professor Philip Daileader’s The Late Middle Ages, which introduces you to this age of extremes’ major events, personalities, and developments. Then turn to Professor Kenneth W. Harl’s The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval...
  18. (Set)  The Fall of the Pagans & History of Ancient Rome Set

    (Set) The Fall of the Pagans & History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  19. Era of the Crusades; World War Set

    Era of the Crusades; World War

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,179.70 Starting at $1,179.70 $2,274.70 $1,179.70$2,274.70
    Travel back to the front lines and home fronts of history's greatest military conflicts in this six-course set that takes you inside the furious heart of ancient and modern warfare. In Great Battles of the Ancient World, take a pointed look at some of human civilization's earliest conflicts, then plunge into the thick of battle between the ancient city-states of Athens and Sparta in The Peloponnesian War—the...
  20. (Set) Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire & Peloponnesian War  Set

    (Set) Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire & Peloponnesian War

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Travel to the ancient world and its pivotal battles in this course set taught by master classical historian and award-winning Professor Kenneth W. Harl. In the 36 spellbinding lectures of Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire, enter the world of this ancient military genius and witness the astonishing feats that have made Alexander's name renowned to the present day. And in The Peloponnesian War, Professor...
  21. (Set) Early Middle Ages & Era of the Crusades  Set

    (Set) Early Middle Ages & Era of the Crusades

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Visit the Middle Ages and discover why this often overlooked period in history is such a vital chapter in the grand story of Western civilization. The Early Middle Ages takes you from the years 300 to 1000 and tells the riveting story of how the ancient world gave way to the medieval one. And The Era of the Crusades takes you onto the battlefields of the epic conflict between Western Christendom, the Byzantine...
  22. (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul  & Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire  Set

    (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul & Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
    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. Then join Professor John R. Hale on a journey like no other as he guides you through the fabulous...
  23. (Set) Early Middle Ages; High Middle Ages; Late Middle Ages; Vikings; & Era of the Crusades  Set

    (Set) Early Middle Ages; High Middle Ages; Late Middle Ages; Vikings; & Era of the Crusades

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $789.75 Starting at $789.75 $1,514.75 $789.75$1,514.75
    Explore the era between the fall of Rome and the rise of the Renaissance in five 24-lecture courses that reveal the important role the Middle Ages played in Western Civilization. Begin with a three-course tour of the Middle Ages with The Early Middle Ages, The High Middle Ages, and The Late Middle Ages. In The Vikings, get a reintroduction to these warriors, artists, merchants, poets, and kings, from a course that...
  24. (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
  25. (Set) The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes & Rome and the Barbarians  Set

    (Set) The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes & Rome and the Barbarians

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  26. (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 The Secrets of Mental Math; Black Holes Explained; Origins of Great Ancient Civilization; and Thinking Like an Economist 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...
  27. (Set) Great Pharoahs of Ancient Egypt/Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor  Set

    (Set) Great Pharoahs of Ancient Egypt/Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  28. (Set)  Become an Educated Traveler Set

    (Set) Become an Educated Traveler

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $4,424.40 Starting at $4,424.40 $4,424.40 $4,424.40$4,424.40
    Whether you jet-set all over the world, or travel from your armchair with the aid of these gorgeously visual courses, the 12-course set on Becoming an Educated Traveler will give you everything you need to make the most of your trips. Travel from Rome to China, as well as back and forth in time, to learn from renowned experts about the context and history for some of the most amazing places in the world.
  29. (Set) History of Ancient Rome & Rome and the Barbarians  Set

    (Set) History of Ancient Rome & Rome and the Barbarians

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    The story of ancient Rome is riveting, and its influence on the world is indelible. In these two courses taught by expert historians, get an in-depth look at fascinating aspects of this ancient civilization. The History of Ancient Rome offers you a richly detailed examination of the broad scope and intimate details of ancient Roman history. Rome and the Barbarians explores the relationship between ancient Rome and...
  30. (Set) Era of the Crusades & Story of Medieval England  Set

    (Set) Era of the Crusades & Story of Medieval England

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Delve deeply into the medieval era and understand its impact on later periods in history with this two-course set by two master historians. In Professor Kenneth W. Harl's The Era of the Crusades, you explore misperceptions and long-debated questions about the Crusades and gain an appreciation of how Western civilization changed in many profound ways during this era. And in Professor Jennifer Paxton's The Story of...