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) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Exploring the Roots of Religion  Set

    (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Exploring the Roots of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
    Illuminate your understanding of spirituality with these two courses on great religious leaders and the fascinating remains of the world's earliest religions. In Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad, examine the core teachings and thoughts of each of these four iconic individuals. And in Exploring the Roots of Religion, join an archaeologist on an exploration of sacred buildings, complexes, and artwork that have...
  2. (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
  3. (Set)  The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey & Ancient Greek Civi Set

    (Set) The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey & Ancient Greek Civi

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  4. (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
  5. (Set) Turning Points in Ancient History  Set

    (Set) Turning Points in Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $659.80 Starting at $659.80 $1,259.80 $659.80$1,259.80
    Relive the greatest moments in the epic sweep of ancient history with these courses by masterful historians, storytellers, and professors. Start by exploring the dramatic battles and defining moments of the conflicts between two great empires with The Greek and Persian Wars. Then, examine the epic war between the city-states of Sparta and Athens in The Peloponnesian War. Discover what biblical and historical sources...
  6. (Set) Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul   Set

    (Set) Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are & 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
    Become a more culture-savvy global citizen, in your travels as well as at home, as you learn about the values, accomplishments, and beauties of other cultures in this eye-opening course set. First, in Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are, build respectful relationships with people from other lands by learning the dynamics and customs related to working, socializing, dining,...
  7. (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...
  8. (Set) Stress and Your Body & Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History  Set

    (Set) Stress and Your Body & 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
    With this two-course set, learn how to bring stress under your control and develop methods for improving how you perform one of daily life's most stressful tasks: public speaking. First, in Stress and Your Body, explore the nuts and bolts of the stress-response system and its effects on your everyday health. Then, in The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History, discover how history's...
  9. (Set) Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History & Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything  Set

    (Set) Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History & Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Learn how to give persuasive public speeches and write compelling copy with this two-course set that will help you communicate better and with greater confidence in speech and the written word. In The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History, Professor John R. Hale gives you personal pointers and time-tested techniques used by some of the greatest figures in history to deliver powerful,...
  10. (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...
  11. (Set)  Art of Public Speaking & Optimizing Brain Fitness Set

    (Set) Art of Public Speaking & Optimizing Brain Fitness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $339.90 Starting at $339.90 $399.90 $339.90$399.90
  12. (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
  13. (Set) Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome & History of Ancient Rome  Set

    (Set) Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome & History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $894.90 Starting at $894.90 $894.90 $894.90$894.90
  14. (Set) The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul   Set

    (Set) The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $309.90 Starting at $309.90 $354.90 $309.90$354.90
    Our customers frequently tell us that our Great Tours courses provide them with a more profound appreciation of the places they visit and Greece & Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul is no exception. Gain double the advantage over the ordinary traveler by learning the artistic and practical techniques in The Art of Travel Photography.
  15. (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,...
  16. (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul & Experiencing Rome  Set

    (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul & Experiencing Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
  17. (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,...
  18. (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory  & Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History & How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication  Set

    (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory & Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History & How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.80 Starting at $529.80 $599.80 $529.80$599.80
    Explore how you can unleash your mind’s amazing potential and hone your communication abilities with this course set that will give you a toolbox of practical life skills. Start with The Secrets of Mental Math, 12 lectures that will show you how to perform even complicated mathematical calculations in your head. Then turn to the 6 lectures of Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory to learn how you can...
  19. (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul  & Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City  Set

    (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul & Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    In The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul, 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. Then in Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City, eminent classicist and Professor Steven L. Tuck resurrects the long-lost lives of aristocrats, merchants, slaves, and other...
  20. (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