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Published on Nov 20, 2008

Introduction to Ancient Greek History (CLCV 205)

Professor Donald Kagan explains why people should study the ancient Greeks. He argues that the Greeks are worthy of our study not only because of their vast achievements and contributions to Western civilization (such as in the fields of science, law, and politics) but also because they offer a unique perspective on humanity. To the Greeks, man was both simultaneously capable of the greatest achievements and the worst crimes; he was both great and important, but also mortal and fallible. He was a tragic figure, powerful but limited. Therefore, by studying the Greeks, one gains insight into a tension that has gripped and shaped the West and the rest of the world through its influence. In short, to study the Greeks is to study the nature of human experience.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Ancient Greece as the Foundation of Western Civilization
13:06 - Chapter 2. The Judeo Christian Tradition
24:50 - Chapter 3. Problems Posed by the Western Tradition

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses

This course was recorded in Fall 2007.

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