Lectures on Greek History and Culture

A series of lectures for beginners in Greek history, culture, and philosophy.
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  • Length 32 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 5/2012 English

Course Description

Over the years, I've taught many different kinds of classics courses to all kinds of different audiences. This class on Udemy is a distillation of the topics that students have responded to most positively and have most often asked about. We start with a look at the physical world of the Greeks, and then take up the Iliad of Homer. After that we look in detail how Herodotus presents the beginning of the great conflict between Greece and Persian, and finish up with an overview of the various Greek philosophers.

If you're taking a class in Greek culture somewhere and need a little help, or if you are a motivated autodidact, I'm sure you'll find these lectures a good step forward in your understanding and appreciation of the world of the Greeks.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Outlines of Greek History
32:53
An overview of Greek history.
The Pre-Greek Cultures of the Cycladic Islands and Crete
Preview
57:51
The Late Bronze Age (AKA Mycenaean Age)
Preview
01:00:42
The Dark Age
Preview
46:57
The Archaic and Classical Ages
Preview
53:30
The Hellenistic Age
Preview
54:33
Section 2: Greek Material Culture: A Survey of Pottery, Statuary, and Temples
Statuary of the Archaic Style
33:44
Statuary of the Severe or Transitional Style
13:12
Statuary of the Classical Period
13:00
Statuary of the Late Classical and Hellenistic Periods
47:58
Pottery Shapes Part 1
12:23
Pottery Shapes Part 2
05:20
Pottery Shapes Part 3 (Review)
02:19
Dating Pottery by Styles Part 1
20:48
Dating Pottery by Styles Part 2
11:31
Greek Temples Part 1
41:36
Greek Temples Part 2
17:44
Greek Temples Part 3
09:52
Section 3: Homer and Homer's Iliad
Homer's Post-Apocalyptic World
42:54
The Invention of the Alphabet
40:55
The Oral Tradition
43:43
Homer The Iliad and Summary of Book 01
39:54
Iliad Discussion of Book 01
40:54
Iliad: Discussion of Books 02 to 08
48:30
Iliad: Discussion of Books 09 to 12
33:33
Iliad: Discussion of Books 13 to 17
23:14
Iliad 05 Discussion 18 24
23:00
33:43

This lecture takes up some of the stories associated with the saga of the Trojan War but not included in either of the Homeric epics.

05:02

This is a review of images only. There is no audio this time.

Section 4: The Persian Threat
Dark Ages To Cyrus the Great
21:22
The Ionian Revolt
24:11
The Battle of Thermopylae
35:48
The Battles of Artemisium and Salamis
32:29
The Spartans
32:21
Section 5: Greek Philosophers
Introductory Comments on Greek Philosophies
13:08
The Milesians
40:09
Parmenides And Heraclitus
19:19
The Sophistic Movement
29:37
Socrates
36:20
Execution Of Socrates
12:15
Plato Phaedo 1 Of 7
13:33
Plato Phaedo 2 Of 7
07:59
Plato Phaedo 3 Of 7
12:30
Plato Phaedo 4 Of 7
10:29
Plato Phaedo 5 Of 7
14:00
Plato Phaedo 6 of 7
13:03
Plato Phaedo 7 Of 7
17:02
Aristotle Introduction
24:17
Aristotle "The Ethics"
29:54
Aristotle "Hard" Teachings
10:20
Epicureanism I
44:52
Epicureanism II
25:45
Epicureanism III
26:17
Section 6: Greek Language Chapter 12 (Not for the Greek History Class)
Lecture 1 of 4: To be
14:26
Lecture 2 of 4: Enclitics
09:30
Lecture 3 of 4: Vocabulary
04:16
Lecture 4 of 4: Sentences
04:42
Section 7: Greek Language Chapter 13 (Not for the Greek History Class)
Lecture 1 of 4: Forms of the Demonstratives
13:41
Lecture 2 of 4: Position of the Demonstratives
03:19
Lecture 3 of 4: Vocabulary
04:48
Lecture 4 of 4: Sentences/Readings
03:24
Lecture 1 Alpha Contract Verbs
22:19
Section 8: Greek Language Chapter 14 (Not for the Greek history class)
Lecture 1 of 4: The Forms of the Pronouns
12:33
Lecture 2 of 4: Uses of autos, etc.
08:34
Lecture 3 of 4: Vocabulary
04:22
Lecture 4 of 4: Sentences/Readings
04:36
Section 9: Greek Language Chapter 15 (Not for the Greek history class)
Lecture 2 Epsilon Contract Verbs
09:51
Lecture 3 Omicron Contract Verbs
10:36
Lecture 4 Future Contract Verbs and Vocabulary
09:35
Lecture 5 Practice
07:21
Lecture 6 Readings
03:42
Section 10: Greek Language Chapter 16 (Not for the Greek history class)
Lecture 1 Basics of Third Declension Nouns
24:34
Lecture 2: Practice with Third Declension Nouns
18:21
Lecture 3: Vocabulary
03:36
Lecture 4: Sentences/Readings
05:43
Section 11: Greek Language Chapter 17 (Not for the Greek history class)
Lecture 1 Third Declension Contract Nouns
32:41
Lecture 2 Third Declension Adjectives
15:08
Lecture 3 Vocabulary
04:20
Lecture 4 Sentences/Readings
04:17
Section 12: Greek Language Chapter 18 (Not for the Greek history class)
Lecture 1 The "Simple Past" or "Preterite"
10:44
Lecture 2 Forms of the Indicative
10:07
Lecture 3 Concept of the Aorist
08:54
Lecture 4 Imperatives and Infinitives
08:33
Lecture 5 Vocabulary
16:05
Lecture 6 Sentences/Readings
05:17
Section 13: Greek Language Chapter 19 (Not for the Greek history class)
Lecture 1 The Second Aorist Part 1
08:37
Lecture 2 The Second Aorist Part 2
09:50

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Instructor Biography

Ben Lugosch, Retired Classics Professor

Dr. Lugosch taught all areas of classical studies at the undergraduate and graduate level, and published scholarly articles on Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, and Homer. Recently retired, Dr. Lugosch still leads small private tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey and France that explore artifacts of classical antiquity.

These lectures help support his money-losing hobby farm in Kentucky where he raises organic pigs, grass fed beef, pastured chickens, Californian rabbits, and all manner of vegetables.

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