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Famous Greeks

Examine a gallery of historical characters who shaped the story of Greece from the Trojan War through the rise of Rome in this course taught by a renowned classicist.

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j********m
April 18, 2018

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m********m
April 16, 2018

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l********m
April 14, 2018
Admittedly, Fears is an excellent orator and story teller, but I found this series of lectures to be very basic in terms of historical context and Fears own personal opinion (and I dare say bias) weighed heavily throughout. Most of the lectures we're preoccupied with the time in which these men lived, rather than the life's of the men themselves. In Theseus' lecture Fears mentions how Ariadne aids her future husband in the destruction of the Minotaur, but then offhandedly notes that he left her on an island while on his way back home to Athens. Naturally the poor girl is never mentioned again. Alternately, the lecture on Lycurgus is more focused on the "Rhetra" or Spartan way of life, rather than the actual living breathing man. I also found the course to be a bit misogynistic - Cleopatra was the only historical figure who had a full lecture (albeit that half hour was mostly spent on Antony and Octavian.) There were so many interesting women in this world, both mythological and historical, and I would have liked to see a more broader view of this courses material.

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