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Ancient Greece 101: Greek History, Myth, and Civilization

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To understand Christian history and Western civilization, one must understand Greek history. 

All four gospels were composed in Greek. The empire Alexander conquered and the culture his followers conveyed became the Roman territories in which Christianity first spread. Ancient Greek philosophers, particularly Aristotle, bequeathed to Christian theology a framework and method that profoundly shaped Christian faith down through the ages.

Now, you are invited to join award-winning historian Christopher Bellitto on this gripping journey through centuries of Greek history.

Ancient Greek History 101 is one of the most vital topics in history, and its influence is undeniable on Western philosophy, theology, and civilization. However, we often talk about ancient Greece and without really being able to place it in place, time, and context. Now, you can discover the fascinating legacy of ancient Greece through entertaining and enlightening lectures.

You’ll begin by exploring how ancient Greece fits on a broad canvas of world history, geography, and chronology viewed from a wide-angle lens. You will move forward in time, stopping often to explore closely important moments, topics, and themes. You will cover the most essential events in ancient Greece as you travel through centuries of history. Along the way, you will gain a level of understanding that will help you better understand the factors that have so influenced Christian theology, democracy, and civilization. 

You don’t want to miss this essential and expertly taught course.

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  • Kyle H Fowler
  • 20-05-19

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Most history books just recite fact, not this one. Bellitto is able to tell a story that shifts your frame of reference. Best history class I have ever taken.

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  • Dustin Porter
  • 11-09-18

great book, fantastic narrator

the readers flow and enthusiasm pours out of every word and will keep your interest the entire time.

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  • James
  • 05-07-19

So-so narrator, shaky on several facts

For these lecture style books, I have heard worse narrators but this guys isn't great. The regular injection of "right" at the end of statements gets old.

The topic is Ancient Greece. What is really annoying is that every single time he makes an analogy, it is to something in American history or geography. For example: "all great cities have ports" (he is trying to make a point about ancient Greece). To demonstrate his point, he says: think New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles because he can't think outside the U.S. What if he had tried to broaden his outlook: Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Moscow, Beijing, Mexico City. Oh wait: his statement doesn't work with a modern analogy so maybe he shouldn't have made the sweeping statement. But because he can never make any comparisons to something outside the U.S. since 1776, his views are narrow. And this is a book on ancient Greece so you would think he might have a broader view of the world.

My other major problem is factual statements. I pick one that he kept repeating: Spartans were good land warriors and Athenians were good at sea. The Athenians were poor land warriors except at one single battle: Marathon. Really? He makes multiple references to Thucydides and his great work: History of the Peloponnesian War. The Athenians fought several respectable land battles reported in this book so what superior historical source is our professor using to make his assertion that ancient Athenians were so consistently bad fighting on land except at Marathon?

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  • Silvija Jarnjak
  • 25-08-19

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Excellent, including narrator and way he approached the topic. Strongly recommend to start with exploring Greek history!