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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76 Courses and Sets

  1. (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
  2. (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey Set

    (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Take a tour of timeless structures that are marvels of engineering innovation as well as of the awe-inspiring buildings and landscapes of ancient Mediterranean civilizations in this lavishly illustrated set. First, in Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity, by civil engineer and West Point Professor Stephen Ressler, travel the globe learning how...
  3. (Set)  30 Masterpieces of Ancient World & Exploring the Roots Set

    (Set) 30 Masterpieces of Ancient World & Exploring the Roots

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
  4. (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,169.70 Starting at $1,169.70 $1,374.70 $1,169.70$1,374.70
    Travel to the ancient and spiritual heart of the religious experience. In Exploring the Roots of Religion, 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. Great World Religions, 2nd Edition gives you an insider's look at the world's five major faiths—Judaism, Christianity,...
  5. (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
  6. (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
  7. (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...
  8. (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...
  9. (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
  10. (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Exploring the Roots of Religion  Set

    (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Exploring the Roots of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Reflect on the role of religion in cultures through their sacred texts and revered sites in this illuminating course set. In Sacred Texts of the World, examine the written religious texts at the core of both major and lesser-known faiths around the world. And in Exploring the Roots of Religion, take an archaeological tour of some of the world’s most iconic religious sites to understand why they were...
  11. (Set) Peloponnesian War & Greek and Persian Wars  Set

    (Set) Peloponnesian War & Greek and Persian Wars

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Travel back to the ancient Greek world and experience the fury of its most cataclysmic wars with this course set delivered by a pair of award-winning historians. In The Peloponnesian War, discover a full picture of the Greek world in uneasy peace and then all-out war between Athens and Sparta in the late 5th century B.C. In The Greek and Persian Wars, delve into the globe-spanning conflict between the Greeks and the...
  12. (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
  13. (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...
  14. (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,...
  15. (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...
  16. (Set) Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History & Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator  Set

    (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
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$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...
  17. (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
  18. (Set) The Art of Public Speaking & Mastering Stage Presence Set

    (Set) The Art of Public Speaking & Mastering Stage Presence

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Learn to deliver the best speech or performance possible with this set of courses. Begin by drawing on the techniques used by professional actors and public speakers to learn to offer your best self to the world by mastering your stage presence. Then, explore the greatest speeches of history delivered by orators like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and more, to improve and enhance your public-speaking...
  19. (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey & Greek and Persian Wars Set

    (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey & Greek and Persian Wars

    John R. Hale
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
  20. (SET) The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul Set

    (SET) The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Travel the world from your favorite chair with these two Great Tours. Start with an insider’s take on the real Great Britain: where to go, where to avoid, and what are the must-see sites you’ve never heard of with The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales. Then, enjoy a guide to the fabulous civilizations of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans, and to the natural wonders and idyllic landscapes that...