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) Greek 101 & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey Set

    (Set) Greek 101 & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Ancient Greece is the land where myths came to life and epic battles were fought, and this two-course set gives you insight into this world like never before. Start by learning the language of gods and heroes with Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language. Then, discover monumental ancient cities, classical ruins, palaces, and more with The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul.
  2. (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.
  3. (Set) The Ottoman Empire & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul Set

    (Set) The Ottoman Empire & 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
    Get a stronger understanding of Middle Eastern history and culture with this two-course set. Discover the secrets of a magnificent, sophisticated Islamic civilization with The Ottoman Empire. Then, explore the fabulous civilizations of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans with Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul.
  4. (Set) Living History & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey Set

    (Set) Living History & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Explore the ancient world with this amazing set of courses. First, experience the great events of the ancient and medieval world through the eyes of the people who lived it in Living History. Then, take a unique tour through Greece and Turkey in Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul.
  5. (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

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  6. (Set) Archaeology & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey Set

    (Set) Archaeology & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Uncover ancient worlds with this two-course set delving into lost cities and cultures. Start with Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites to take a remarkable look at what archaeologists actually do at some of the world’s most famous sites. Then, explore the ancient civilizations of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans with The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul.
  7. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $499.90 $499.90$499.90

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  8. (Set) Athenian Democracy & Great Tours Set

    (Set) Athenian Democracy & Great Tours

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Get to know Greece with this stupendous two-course set. Start by examining the story of Greek democracy—and see what lessons it offers us today with Athenian Democracy: An Experiment for the Ages. Then, in The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul, an award-winning professor guides you through the fabulous civilizations of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans, and to the natural wonders...
  9. (Set) Communication, Influence & Memory: 4 Course Set Set

    (Set) Communication, Influence & Memory: 4 Course Set

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.80 Starting at $529.80 $599.80 $529.80$599.80
    Learn the skills to improve your life with this set of courses. Begin by unlocking the scientific secrets for a powerful memory. Move into 6 lessons for better communication–learning the tips you need for better conversations. Then, discover the tools you need for public speaking from some of the greatest speeches in history. Finally, gain mastery of life’s most powerful skill, influencing those around you.
  10. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ

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

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Archaeology is much like solving a complex mystery. Learn how archaeology works, visit the most famous sites in the world, and delve into the history of Greece and Rome with an archaeological lens in this fascinating two-course set including Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome.
  12. (Set) Polar Explorations & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey Set

    (Set) Polar Explorations & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Be an armchair traveler with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, in Great Tours, see all the amazing sights and learn the fascinating history of Greece and Turkey.
  13. (Set) The Architecture of Power & Great Tours Set on sale

    (Set) The Architecture of Power & Great Tours

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $409.00 Starting at $79.90 $524.90 $79.90$524.90
    Take a grand tour of history with this two-course set. Uncover the secrets of history’s most formidable rulers by examining The Architecture of Power: Great Palaces of the Ancient World. Then, join an award-winning professor for a guide to the fabulous civilizations of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans, and to the natural wonders and idyllic landscapes that surround them with Great Tours: Greece and...
  14. (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey Set

    (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Explore the lands of gods and heroes. Great myths came to life and epic battles were fought, and the wondrous remains of ancient civilizations still call to you from across the centuries with this two-course set. Take a gorgeous tour of Italy with The Guide to Essential Italy, discovering hidden gems and seeing the country as never before. Then travel through the Mediterranean with Great Tours: Greece and Turkey,...
  15. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $329.90 $329.90$329.90
  16. (Set) The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy & Exploring the Roots of Religion Set

    (Set) The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy & Exploring the Roots of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid, Chaco Canyon. Discover places where science and religion intersect with this two-course set. Bust the myths and learn how people long ago really saw the sky with The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy. Then, Exploring the Roots of Religion introduces you to sacred buildings, complexes, tomb structures, artwork, and more.