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Famous Greeks Lecture

Famous Greeks

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Join Professor Fears for this riveting 24-lecture examination of fascinating figures who shaped the story of Greece from the Trojan War through the rise of Rome. What do their lives, studied in the context of their times, tell us about virtue and vice, folly and wisdom, success and failure?

Inspired and informed by the monumental works of Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, and Plutarch, these lectures allow you to do exactly that, guided by a truly great teacher. From the heroes of the Trojan War to Alexander the Great and Cleopatra, Professor Fears ushers you into the lives, achievements, and influence of many of the figures who made Greek history.

Among these are great warriors such as Achilles, Agamemnon, Hector, Odysseus, and Alexander the Great; masterful statesmen including Lycurgus, Solon, and Philip of Macedonia; profound thinkers like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle; and artists and writers such as Homer, Herodotus, Sophocles, Thucydides, and Plutarch. These lectures are informed by a fine moral awareness and a deep familiarity with the times these famous lives were lived. By exploring these famous Greek lives in this context, you'll also discover new ways to read familiar classics by Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Xenophon, and Plato. And in keeping with that historical spirit, Professor Fears draws lessons from each life studied in this course, charting with you the intellectual and artistic currents of one of the most creative civilizations in world history.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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    DS 04/02/2017
    DS 04/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Often pompous and inaccurate"
    What did you like best about Famous Greeks? What did you like least?

    Many of the stories are interesting of course, but the lecturer is hard to bear. He comes across as the kind of old fashioned academic who equates wisdom with large words and unusual pronunciations, and who thinks his credentials as a classicist gives him the authority to make strained comparisons between the Greek world and his conservative take on american politics.

    He is also often inaccurate. He makes no distinction between reliable and unreliable sources and gives the listen no indication that he is sometimes drawing from contemporary sources and sometimes from a myth that appeared hundreds of years later. I only recognised this for the figures I did know, but it meant I couldn't trust what he said about the figures I did not know. I stopped about three quarters of the way through.


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    piers Midhurst, United Kingdom 27/02/2015
    piers Midhurst, United Kingdom 27/02/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic Fears"

    I have been listening to lectures for a long time and The Teaching Company/ The Great Courses are generally very good but Professor Fears is their best lecturer, funny, succint, a great actor.

    History in his hands is fascinating, clear and compelling, even casting light on some of Socrates impenetrable musings. Famous Greeks, Famous Romans and Churchill are superb. I cant reccommend enough

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    Leanne Manchester, United Kingdom 18/02/2015
    Leanne Manchester, United Kingdom 18/02/2015 Member Since 2014

    I don't do reading I'm an audio girl all the way...

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    "Loved it "

    Very informative, easy to listen to.
    Great knowledge and detailed accounts of the famous Greeks

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  • Abdur Abdul-Malik
    Sacramento, CA USA
    18/08/13
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    "Fine Introduction"
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    Professor Fears does a fine job bringing to life the world of ancient Greece and illuminating the ideas, philosophies, and motives of some of the towering figures of ancient Greek history. Pericles, Socrates, Plutarch, Thucydides, Philip of Macedon, Alexander the Great, Pyrrhus, and Cleopatra are discussed among others. I was a bit bummed that Alexander the Great was only given one full lecture. The final lecture on Cleopatra was very interesting. I have been studying Roman history for years and found new material about Mark Anthony.

    This course is overshadowed a bit by his "Famous Romans" course, but I don't think that is the professor's fault. Rome was vast, integrated (more or less) and operated on a time scale of centuries. It's stories are bound to be a bit more gripping and fascinating.

    Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ji M.
    18/10/16
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    "He put all the pieces together"

    I'm an engineer and have been interested in history since an earlier age. From childhood, I heard about fascinating things of Ancient Greece: its myths, architecture and stories of its wars. However, because there are plenty of things to talk for each of those topics, many books or lectures introduce them separately and I never got the whole picture. I was eager to find a lecture with a comprehensive introduction.

    I gave this lecture a try because I loved Prof Fears' "Famous Romans". It turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. Prof Fears' story telling is fantastic. But most importantly, he put together all the puzzle pieces of the whole picture while those Famous Greeks serve as the brightest parts.

    To list a few of my previous missing links: what happened to Sparta and Athens between Greco-Percian War and Peloponitian war? why did Greeks hate Socrates after Peloponetian war? why did Aristotle teach a barbarian prince? what happened to Greece when Rome rose?

    If you have the similar missing links, give it a try and Prof Fears will give you the answers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • truebalance2010
    04/07/16
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    "Breathtaking"

    ...in scope and importance, from Professor Fears teaching that our Founding Fathers considered history to be the most important subject, to putting flesh on the bones of Herodotus, to the unjust death sentence of Socrates, to the tragic end of Antony and Cleopatra, my life will never be the same. I am wiser, because I know that I do not know, and that hubris destroys.
    Thank you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MT
    12/05/16
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    "Absolute Delight!"

    This was course was nothing short of outstanding! I enjoyed every second of it. You don't even have to be interested in Ancient Greece. This course will appeal to anyone interested in humanity, wisdom, morality, and leadership. It has some of the most insightful reflections on greatness that I have ever seen. Bravo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Pacific Grove, CA
    04/07/15
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    "So good, I was sad it was over"

    J Rufus Fears, weaves history through masterful storytelling. This is both educational and entertaining.

    I've just bought Famous Romans and am eager to start!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Customer
    09/04/15
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    "Great!"

    Great! I highly recommend this title. Fashioned around Plutarch's Lives it really filled in some blank spots for me.

    Fred Davis
    Awakening Clarity Now

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cathy
    09/02/17
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    "J Rufus Fears hits another home run."

    Dr.Fears is one of a kind in telling these famous stories and tying the timeless lessons to today's world. His presentations are fascinating and appropriate for teaching the young the importance of the classics and possibly lighting a fire under them for future study. For older listeners, it is a great review for many a forgotten tale and gives ,for myself anyway, a more mature understanding of the lessons of these histories which are not understood as being relevant when studying in your teens, if they even teach these things anymore.

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  • Ross Bennett
    Kilgore, TX
    06/09/16
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    "Poor. Not up to Great Courses standard."
    Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

    Absolutely. Generally speaking, The Great Courses are top-rate. But not this time.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Anyone who is marginally familiar with the sources for this material will see very quickly it's been poorly rendered here. It's almost as though the lecturer has only read summaries of the stories. Directly contradicts Thucydides, Herodotus, and Plutarch right after citing them as the sources of what he's saying.


    Any additional comments?

    Doesn't help that it's delivered like a mediocre preacher doing Bible stories.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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