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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) Vikings & Era of the Crusades  Set on sale

    (Set) Vikings & Era of the Crusades

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Save up to $571.00 Starting at $88.90 $178.90 $88.90$178.90
    Rediscover two important periods of Western history with the guidance of historian and award-winning Professor Kenneth W. Harl. In The Vikings, explore the important role this group of warriors, artists, merchants, poets, and kings played on the world stage. Next, delve into the misperceptions and long-debated questions about the medieval wars between Christendom and Islam in The Era of the Crusades.
  14. (Set) Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire & Great Battles of the Ancient World  Set

    (Set) Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire & Great Battles of the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Expand your understanding of ancient history with this insightful course set on its most famous military leader and the epic battles waged by early warriors and civilizations. First, go beyond the myth to learn about an iconic military genius and his time in Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire. From there, examine the fury of Troy, Marathon, and more of ancient history's defining conflicts in Great Battles...
  15. (Set) Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations & Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations   Set

    (Set) Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations & Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $289.90 Starting at $289.90 $574.90 $289.90$574.90
  16. (Set) Great Pharoahs & Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations  Set

    (Set) Great Pharoahs & Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $179.90 Starting at $179.90 $399.90 $179.90$399.90
  17. (Set) World of Byzantium/History of Ancient Rome  Set

    (Set) World of Byzantium/History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  18. (Set) History of the Bible, Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations, Black Holes Explained, & The Louvre  Set

    (Set) History of the Bible, Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations, Black Holes Explained, & The Louvre

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.80 Starting at $799.80 $799.80 $799.80$799.80
    Broaden your intellectual horizons in everything from ancient history to cosmology with this dynamic four-course set. Get compelling answers to provocative questions about the development of the New Testament in The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon. Unearth profound secrets about ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and other fascinating cultures in Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations. Get up...
  19. (Set) Ancient Greek Civilization; Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age; History of Ancient Rome; & World of Byzantium  Set

    (Set) Ancient Greek Civilization; Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age; History of Ancient Rome; & World of Byzantium

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.80 Starting at $639.80 $1,284.80 $639.80$1,284.80
    Embark on a chronological journey from the glories of ancient Greece to the fall of Rome and the rise of the Byzantine Empire with this comprehensive four-course set. Start by exploring one of ancient history's greatest societies in Ancient Greek Civilization and Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age. Then turn to the grandeur of another pillar of Western civilization with The History of Ancient Rome. Conclude...
  20. (Set) Medieval World & Vikings  Set

    (Set) Medieval World & Vikings

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Draw connections between the experiences of medieval Europeans and Vikings in this dynamic two-course set. Find out what life was like for everyday men and women during the Middle Ages with The Medieval World. Then, in The Vikings, explore the important role that these warriors, artists, merchants, poets, and kings played on the world stage.
  21. (Set) How the Crusades Changed History & Era of the Crusades  Set

    (Set) How the Crusades Changed History & Era of the Crusades

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $449.90 $329.90$449.90
    Learn how Western civilization changed in many profound ways during the crusading era, and explore misperceptions and long-debated questions about these religiously motivated conflicts in this set by two master medieval historians. In Professor Philip Daileader's How the Crusades Changed History, you'll see how the Crusades changed the spiritual and political landscape of the medieval world and left repercussions...
  22. (Set) Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire & History of Ancient Egypt  Set

    (Set) Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire & History of Ancient Egypt

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Expand your understanding of ancient history with this insightful course set on its most famous military leader and one of its grandest and most mysterious civilizations. First, in Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire, you'll enter Alexander's world and witness the astonishing feats of military genius that have made his name renowned to the present day. Then, in The History of Ancient Egypt, you'll learn...
  23. (Set) Vikings & Rome and the Barbarians  Set

    (Set) Vikings & Rome and the Barbarians

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Join master historian and Professor Kenneth W. Harl on a two-course exploration of ancient peoples who played roles more important than once thought in the development of the West. In the 36 lectures of The Vikings, rediscover these warriors, artists, merchants, poets, and kings, and their roles on the world stage. Then, delve into the relationship between ancient Rome and the "barbarian hordes" that shaped its...
  24. (Set) Peloponnesian War & Ancient Greek Civilization  Set

    (Set) Peloponnesian War & Ancient Greek Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    First, discover why the ancient Greek historian Thucydides called the Peloponnesian War "a war like no other." In these 36 eye-opening lectures by acclaimed historian Professor Kenneth W. Harl, see how it was arguably the greatest in the history of the world up to that time. Then, in Ancient Greek Civilization, explore the amazing influence of the ancient Greeks. You'll not only come away with fresh knowledge about...
  25. (Set) The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes & Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor  Set

    (Set) The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes & Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  26. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $679.80 Starting at $679.80 $799.80 $679.80$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; Experiencing Hubble; The Secrets of Mental Math; 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 find...
  27. (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
  28. (Set) Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor & World of Byzantium  Set

    (Set) Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor & World of Byzantium

    Kenneth W. Harl
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Plumb the depths of ancient history with expert historian and award-winning Professor Kenneth W. Harl. In World of Byzantium, investigate how the Greek-speaking empire of Byzantium occupied a crucial place in history after the fall of the Roman Empire. Then, get a comprehensive introduction to ancient Egypt, Persia, Mesopotamia, and other captivating civilizations of the Near East in Great Civilizations of Asia...
  29. (Set) Experiencing the Middle Ages  Set

    (Set) Experiencing the Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,774.55 Starting at $2,774.55 $2,774.55 $2,774.55$2,774.55
    What was it like to live during the Middle Ages—one of the most important, yet most often overlooked, periods in the history of the Western world? Now you can find out with these Great Courses. Guided by expert medievalists and dynamic professors, you'll travel back in time and relieve some of the most intriguing moments from the years between A.D. 300 and 1500. Whether you're watching the rise of the...
  30. (Set) Italian Renaissance/World of Byzantium  Set

    (Set) Italian Renaissance/World of Byzantium

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90