Introduction to Ancient Greek History
Yale,, Fall 2007 , Prof. Donald Kagan
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Introduction - The Dark Ages - The Rise of the Polis - The Greek - Sparta - The Rise of Athens - The Persian Wars - The Athenian Empire - Athenian Democracy - The Peloponnesian War - The Struggle for Hegemony in Fourth-Century Greece - Twilight of the Polis - Twilight of the Polis (cont.) and Conclusion
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Introduction to Ancient Greek History (CLCV 205)
In this lecture, Professor Kagan examines Pericles as a general. First, he describes Pericles strategy of war and then he evaluates this strategy. According to Professor Kagan, Pericles strategy was characterized by being both defensive and rational. It was defensive, because the Athenians did not engage the Spartans in a traditional hoplite battle, and it was rational, because Pericles assumed that the Spartans would cease fighting when they realized that the Athenians did not have to fight a land battle, since they had a walled city and a navy. On its surface, this strategy seems reasonable, but Professor Kagan points out that there were two flaws. First, the Athenians did not have an offensive plan that is, a plan to deter the Spartans from quitting the war. Second, Pericles failed to realize that war is not always rational.
0000 - Chapter 1. Pericles and His Strategy
1627 - Chapter 2. Modern Scholars Views on Pericles
2604 - Chapter 3. Criticism of Pericles as a Military Leader
4054 - Chapter 4. Pericles Other Obstacles
5347 - Chapter 5. Question and Answer
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This course was recorded in Fall 2007.
Sep 12, 2018
Excellent course helped me understand topic that i couldn't while attendinfg my college.
March 29, 2019
Great course. Thank you very much.