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. 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
    4.1 out of 5
    75% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (125)
    Starting at $169.95 Starting at $169.95 $199.95 $169.95$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...
  2. Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

    Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

    John R. Hale
    4.9 out of 5
    93% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (158)
    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...
  3. Exploring the Roots of Religion Sale

    Exploring the Roots of Religion

    John R. Hale
    4.5 out of 5
    88% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (68)
    Save up to $294.95 Starting at $60.00 $374.95 $60.00$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...
  4. Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome Sale

    Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    John R. Hale
    4.9 out of 5
    87% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (106)
    Save up to $325.00 Starting at $24.95 $374.95 $24.95$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.
  5. Greek and Persian Wars Sale

    Greek and Persian Wars

    John R. Hale
    4.8 out of 5
    88% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (76)
    Save up to $220.00 Starting at $17.95 $254.95 $17.95$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...
  6. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    2.8 out of 5
    28% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (14)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    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!
  7. Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History Collection

    Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.9 out of 5
    62% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (8)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    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.
  8. (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul  & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome  Set

    (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    John R. Hale
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
    Get two dynamic looks at the glories of Greece, Rome, and Turkey—whether you're preparing for a trip or simply want to experience these cultures from the comfort of home. First, in Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul, experience important sites such as the Acropolis of Athens and Sardis through the eyes of a scholar whose insight goes far beyond any ordinary travel narrative. Then, in...
  9. (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam  Set on sale

    (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $638.00 Starting at $57.90 $749.90 $57.90$749.90
    Illuminate your understanding of world faiths by looking at their archaeological remains and their mystical traditions in this two-course set. 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. Then, discover how mysticism forms a crucial—yet often overlooked—part of Judaism,...
  10. (Set) Your Guide to Getting Ahead  Set

    (Set) Your Guide to Getting Ahead

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $814.80 Starting at $814.80 $964.80 $814.80$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...
  11. (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul   Set

    (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & 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
    The great cultures of the past still live, tucked away in tiny villages in Europe and by the Aegean Sea. Take an unforgettable journey with this set of two Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe and Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul. Extraordinary natural wonders and beautifully preserved historical buildings await your discovery.
  12. 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...
  13. (Set)  The Cathedral & The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey Set

    (Set) The Cathedral & The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  14. (Set) Art of Critical Decision Making & Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History  Set

    (Set) Art of Critical Decision Making & Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Strengthen your skills at decision making and public speaking with this two-course set filled with information and strategies to enhance your professional and personal life. First, in The Art of Critical Decision Making, explore with seasoned and educated eyes how individuals, groups, and organizations think about–and make–effective decisions. Then, in The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the...
  15. (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...
  16. (Set)  The Art of Storytelling & Art of Public Speaking Set

    (Set) The Art of Storytelling & Art of Public Speaking

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  17. (Set) Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History & Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator  Set on sale

    (Set) Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History & Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $379.00 Starting at $48.90 $454.90 $48.90$454.90
    Gain a wealth of insights into the art of public speaking and teaching with this two-course set delivered by engaging professors who are themselves masters of these practical crafts. First, enhance your public-speaking skills with time-tested techniques and strategies used by great orators in The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History. Then, develop and enhance your teaching style with...
  18. (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...
  19. (Set)  Fundamentals of Photography & The Great Tours: Greece Set

    (Set) Fundamentals of Photography & The Great Tours: Greece

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
  20. (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...