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. (Set) Art of Public Speaking & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition Set

    (Set) Art of Public Speaking & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  2. (Set) Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome  Set

    (Set) Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
  3. (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...
  4. (Set) Guide to Better Communication  Set

    (Set) Guide to Better Communication

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $814.80 Starting at $814.80 $964.80 $814.80$964.80
    Learn how to communicate effectively on a personal level, handle conflict, give persuasive public speeches, and write compelling copy with this four-course set that will help you communicate better and with greater confidence in speech, negotiations, and the written word. Effective Communication Skills is your chance to learn more about how you communicate verbally, the common problems you can encounter in doing so,...
  5. (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul  & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  6. (Set)  Art of Public Speaking & Building Great Sentences Set

    (Set) Art of Public Speaking & Building Great Sentences

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  7. (Set) Myth in Human History & Exploring the Roots of Religion  Set on sale

    (Set) Myth in Human History & Exploring the Roots of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $638.00 Starting at $57.90 $749.90 $57.90$749.90
    Go back in time in search of human history's most powerful, enduring myths and some of the archaeological remains of its oldest faiths in this two-course set. In Myth in Human History, survey the world's great myths and the diverse cultures behind them. And in Exploring the Roots of Religion, learn how sacred buildings, tomb structures, and more provide us with insight into early spiritual beliefs from around the...
  8. (Set) 30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey Set

    (Set) 30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Get a new perspective on ancient cultures through the lenses of art history and archaeology in this lavishly illustrated course set. First, in 30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World, you'll see some of the greatest works of art ever created and explore the ancient cultures that made them. Then, in The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul, you'll tour the fabulous civilizations of the Greeks, Romans,...
  9. (Set) Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul   Set

    (Set) Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon & 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
    Approach Greek culture from two important angles with this set of courses. In Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon, Professor Stephen Ressler introduces you to the most creative engineers who ever lived and takes you on an insider’s tour of their impressive buildings, infrastructure systems, and machines. In Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul,...
  10. (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome  Set

    (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    John R. Hale
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Follow accomplished archaeologist and Professor John R. Hale on two fascinating journeys through the remains of the ancient world with these two courses. Learn how sacred buildings, complexes, tomb structures, artwork, and more have provided us with unparalleled knowledge about early spiritual practices and beliefs from around the world in Exploring the Roots of Religion. Then, in Classical Archaeology of Ancient...
  11. (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...
  12. (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...
  13. (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...
  14. (Set)  Great Tours: Greece and Turkey & Optimizing Brain Fitne Set

    (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey & Optimizing Brain Fitne

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  15. (Set) Art of Public Speaking & Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft Set

    (Set) Art of Public Speaking & Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  16. (Set)  The Transformation: How Leaders Make Positive Change Ha Set

    (Set) The Transformation: How Leaders Make Positive Change Ha

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  17. (Set) Greek and Persian Wars & Great Battles of the Ancient World   Set

    (Set) Greek and Persian Wars & Great Battles of the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    What were ancient battles really like? What weapons, tactics, armor, training, and logistics were used? Find out in this gripping course duo on ancient warfare. First, The Greek and Persian Wars looks at the new world order sparked by this two-century clash. And Great Battles of the Ancient World goes into the thick of combat in some of the most notable battles fought in the Mediterranean region from prehistoric...
  18. (Set) Seeing the Ancient World Set

    (Set) Seeing the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,189.80 Starting at $1,189.80 $1,404.80 $1,189.80$1,404.80
  19. (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...
  20. (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