Professor Robert Garland, Ph.D.

Professor Robert Garland
  • Colgate University
  • University College London
Working for the Great Courses enables me to reach people who prize learning for learning’s sake. It’s they who inspire me to close the gap between past and present, by demonstrating what it meant then, and what it means now, to be human.

Dr. Robert S.J. Garland is the Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics at Colgate University. He earned his B.A. in Classics from Manchester University, his M.A. in Classics from McMaster University, and his Ph.D. in Ancient History from University College London. A former Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the George Grote Ancient History Prize, Professor Garland has educated students and audiences at a variety of levels. In addition to teaching classics at Colgate University, he has taught English and Drama to secondary school students and lectured at universities throughout Britain as well as the British School of Archaeology in Athens. Professor Garland is the author of numerous articles in both academic and popular journals and books capturing details of all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman life, including The Greek Way of Life: From Conception to Old Age; Introducing New Gods: The Politics of Athenian Religion; and Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks. His expertise has been featured in The History Channel's Last Stand of the 300, and he has repeatedly served as a consultant for educational film companies.

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"Professor Garland delivered a tour de force survey of the Greco-Roman world and the way the two histories coincide and connect is truly illuminating."

 

 

"Professor Garland is an excellent lecturer, extremely articulate, highly organized, with a style of speech which draws you in with his clear love of his subject matter; a pleasure to listen to."

 

 


"Garland demonstrates superb command of a vast field of knowledge, historical, literary, political, and artistic."

39 Courses and Sets

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39 Courses and Sets

  1. (Set) Athenian Democracy & America's Founding Fathers Set

    (Set) Athenian Democracy & America's Founding Fathers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Examine democracy from two distinct viewpoints with this two-course set. Gain insight into the story of Greek democracy—and see what lessons it offers us today in Athenian Democracy: An Experiment for the Ages. Then, America’s Founding Fathers gives you a deep dive into the creation of the U.S. Constitution as it happened and not as many are led to believe it happened.
  2. (Set) The Big History of Civilizations & The Other Side of History Set

    (Set) The Big History of Civilizations & The Other Side of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $904.90 $774.90$904.90
    Take an in-depth look at the fascinating story of our civilization with this two-course set. Trace the story of human existence from our evolution as a species in The Big History of Civilizations. Then, explore human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages with The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World.
  3. (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.
  4. (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...
  5. (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
  6. (Set) Athenian Democracy & Living History Set

    (Set) Athenian Democracy & Living History

    Robert Garland
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Re-discover ancient Greece through the captivating lens of politics and great events with this two-course set. Explore the developments and workings of Greek democracy, from the Athenians’ “finest hour” to its colossal failures with Athenian Democracy: An Experiment for the Ages. Then, Living History: Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds takes you back in time and throws a spotlight on two dozen...
  7. (Set) Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire & Living History Set

    (Set) Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire & Living History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Time and again, moments shape history and this two-course set brings those moments to life. Start by joining a Harvard professor as he helps you make sense of Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece of history writing with Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Then, Living History: Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds takes you back in time and throws a spotlight on two dozen...
  8. (Set) Living History & Pompeii Set

    (Set) Living History & Pompeii

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Look at the ancient world in unique ways with this 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, discover the world of Pompeii before and after the eruption of Vesuvius with Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City.
  9. (Set) Greece and Rome & The Other Side of History Set

    (Set) Greece and Rome & The Other Side of History

    Robert Garland
    Starting at $894.90 Starting at $894.90 $894.90 $894.90$894.90
  10. (Set) Athenian Democracy & The Other Side of History Set

    (Set) Athenian Democracy & The Other Side of History

    Robert Garland
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Discover ancient history like never before with this two-course set. Athenian Democracy: An Experiment for the Ages introduces you to the developments and workings of Greek democracy, from the Athenians’ “finest hour” to its colossal failures, while The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World is your chance to get beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that...
  11. (Set) The Mysterious Etruscans & The Other Side of History Set

    (Set) The Mysterious Etruscans & The Other Side of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $789.90 $399.90$789.90
    Take a new look at ancient worlds with this illuminating two-course set. Peer into the fascinating lives of a highly influential but little-known culture with The Mysterious Etruscans. Then go beyond the abstract dates and figures, that make up so many historical accounts to learn about the experiences of people of ancient civilizations in The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World.
  12. (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.
  13. (SET) Warriors, Queens, and Intellectuals & The Other Side of History Set

    (SET) Warriors, Queens, and Intellectuals & The Other Side of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $904.90 $774.90$904.90
    Explore two often-overlooked aspects of the distant past with this two-course set filled with fresh perspectives and historical insights. In Warriors, Queens, and Intellectuals: 36 Great Women before 1400, get an unforgettable introduction to the great women—including Boudicca, Lady Murasaki, and Joan of Arc—who helped transform history from the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages. Then, in The Other Side of...
  14. (Set) Understanding Imperial China & The Other Side of History Set

    (Set) Understanding Imperial China & The Other Side of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Talk a walk through history from a new perspective with this two-course set. Discover what daily life was like in China’s majestic empire with Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture. Then, get a vivid glimpse into the real world of the past with The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World by following the so-called ordinary people.
  15. (Set) Living History & History of the Ancient World Set

    (Set) Living History & History of the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Explore the entirety of the ancient world with this 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, look at the entirety of the ancient world and the civilizations it produced from a global perspective with History of the Ancient World.
  16. (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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  17. (Set) Athenian Democracy & Ancient Greek Civilization Set

    (Set) Athenian Democracy & Ancient Greek Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Delve deeply into the history of ancient Greece with this unforgettable two-course set. Start by examining the ancient Greeks through the captivating lens of Athenian politics in Athenian Democracy: An Experiment for the Ages. Then, explore ancient Greek civilization in the light shed by the newest and best research and criticism with Ancient Greek Civilization.
  18. (Set) Archaeology & The Other Side of History Set

    (Set) Archaeology & The Other Side of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Discover the ancient world from a whole new perspective with this illuminating two-course set. Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites takes you into the work of archaeologists at the most amazing sites in the world. The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people.
  19. (Set) Living History & The Other Side of History Set

    (Set) Living History & The Other Side of History

    Robert Garland
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Gain a deeper understanding of the past with this gripping 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, put yourself directly in the shoes of the ordinary people who lived through the past in The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World.