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.
Testimonials

"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!"

77 Courses and Sets

List Grid

Filter

77 Courses and Sets

  1. (Set) Special Offer: Buy all 8  Set

    (Set) Special Offer: Buy all 8

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,359.60 Starting at $1,359.60 $1,599.60 $1,359.60$1,599.60
    Discover grand insights into a range of fascinating subjects with this dynamic eight-course set: Secrets of Mental Math, History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon, Optimizing Brain Fitness, Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History, Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe, Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre, Origins of Great Ancient...
  2. (Set) The Persian Empire & Greek and Persian Wars  Set

    (Set) The Persian Empire & Greek and Persian Wars

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  3. (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,...
  4. (Set)  The Great Ideas of Humankind Set

    (Set) The Great Ideas of Humankind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,754.40 Starting at $3,754.40 $3,754.40 $3,754.40$3,754.40
  5. (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...
  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

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$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. Experiencing Rome: A Visual Ex Set

    Experiencing Rome: A Visual Ex

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,004.85 Starting at $1,004.85 $1,004.85 $1,004.85$1,004.85
    Unearth fascinating insights about life in the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome with this thrilling three-course set. Experiencing Rome: A Visual Exploration of Antiquity's Greatest Empire examines how Rome connected with its citizens through a range of spectacles and shared experiences, including extravagant public displays, architecture, engineering, and more. In Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and...
  9. (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
  10. (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
  11. (Set) Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome  Set

    (Set) Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Unearth fascinating secrets about ancient Greece and Rome: two fascinating civilizations to which the modern Western world is forever indebted. The relationship between the Greeks and the Romans has virtually no parallel in world history; discover why with Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean. And in Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome, archaeologist and award-winning...
  12. (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
  13. (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome Set

    (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures & 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
  14. (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...
  15. (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
  16. (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...
  17. (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,...
  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) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.
  20. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90

    Out of stock