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.

"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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