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Gregory Aldrete Ph.D.

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Cities, Civilizations, and Sources
Episode 1 of History of the Ancient World
Learn about the different kind of approach the course will take in its explorations of the ancient world and hear a story that perfectly illustrates the risks inherent in letting one's own cultural biases and limited perspective overly influence the…
From Out of the Mesopotamian Mud
Episode 2 of History of the Ancient World
The course's first civilization reveals a theme that will appear again and again. Grasp the critical role of geography and resources in shaping not only Mesopotamia's method of subsistence, but also its religion, structures, empire, and means of leaving its…
479 B.C. Plataea—Greece Wins Freedom
Episode 3 of The Decisive Battles of World History Series
In the 479 B.C. battle of Plataea, Greek "hoplite" forces fighting in phalanxes met the mighty army of the Persian superpower. Study the unfolding of this dramatic engagement, and learn how it ended the Persian threat to Greece and allowed…
Ancient Egypt: The Gift of the Nile
Episode 4 of History of the Ancient World
Your introduction to Egypt reveals a civilization irrevocably shaped by geography. You learn how the Nile's predictable annual flooding of its banks, though creating a fertile strip amounting to only 3% of Egypt, permitted civilization to thrive in what was…
1274 B.C. Kadesh— Greatest Chariot Battle
Episode 2 of The Decisive Battles of World History Series
The battle of Kadesh ushered in an unprecedented era of peace in the ancient Near East. Follow the strategy and tactics of the Egyptian and Hittite armies, featuring each side's distinctive war chariots. Trace the unusual sequence of battlefield events…
1942 Stalingrad—Hitler’s Ambitions Crushed
Episode 35 of The Decisive Battles of World History Series
Chart the German invasion of Russia at the height of the war in Europe, which massed the full force of Hitler's war machine. Follow the clash of the seemingly invincible German panzer units with the Red Army and the Russian…
Greek Tragedy and the Sophists
Episode 17 of History of the Ancient World
Continue your examination of Greece's cultural heritage with this look at Greek theater: especially its greatest playwrights of tragedy, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides: and the second wave of philosophers known as the Sophists, led first by Socrates and then by…
The Great Empire of the Han Dynasty
Episode 25 of History of the Ancient World
Much of the world in 200 B.C. was entering nearly 600 years of instability: but something different was happening in China and Rome. Focus on the first of these two powers, each of which would shape a stable empire for…
The Rise and Flourishing of Islam
Episode 45 of History of the Ancient World
Grasp how the tribes of the Arabian peninsula: within only 100 years of their conversion to Islam: were able to conquer half the Mediterranean world, shattering its unity, spinning its parts onto divergent paths, and establishing religious, linguistic, and cultural…
Cultures of the Ancient Near East
Episode 3 of History of the Ancient World
The lack of geographical barriers made it difficult for even the most powerful cities to retain their power. See how a succession of empires rose and fell, leaving behind legacies ranging from the use of intimidation in warfare to seafaring,…
The Vedic Age of Ancient India
Episode 7 of History of the Ancient World
In an ironic reversal of the Indus legacy, the next great era of Indian history is known through an enormous bounty of texts, but relatively little archaeological or material evidence. Grasp what the thousands of verses we have tell us…
1942 Midway—Four Minutes Change Everything
Episode 34 of The Decisive Battles of World History Series
The advent of aircraft carriers brought a significant new era in naval warfare. Witness the most dramatic and pivotal of the "carrier versus carrier" battles, where the events of a short span of minutes permanently tilted the balance of power…
Hoplite Warfare and Sparta
Episode 11 of History of the Ancient World
Experience what it was like to be raised a Spartan man or woman, the changes in military tactics and equipment that made their armies so feared, and the tragic flaw that guaranteed that this Greek city-state's power, no matter how…
Persians and Greeks
Episode 15 of History of the Ancient World
Discover the reasons the Greek city-states were able to emerge intact from their conflict with a vastly superior Persian Empire. Learn, too, how the defensive alignment put in place to protect those states: begun as an alliance of equals: instead…
Augustus: Creator of the Roman Empire
Episode 29 of History of the Ancient World
With Julius Caesar dead, who would seize power? Trace the struggle that involved the Brutus-led liberators, who claimed a goal of restoring the republic; Caesar's lieutenant, Marc Antony; and a surprise third candidate: Caesar's 18-year-old nephew, Octavian, named his heir…
The Lost Civilization of the Indus Valley
Episode 6 of History of the Ancient World
Your exploration of a once-lost civilization introduces a key theme of the course: the enormous problems faced by modern historians and archaeologists in interpreting an ancient civilization through physical evidence alone, with no written documents to bring that evidence to…
The Death of the Roman Republic
Episode 28 of History of the Ancient World
The century between 133 and 31 B.C. was a period when long-simmering tensions and resentments finally reached their boiling point. Grasp how the consequences, including political assassinations of Julius Caesar and others, ultimately resulted in the dissolution of the Roman…
Confucius and the Greek Philosophers
Episode 13 of History of the Ancient World
From 700 to 500 B.C., thinkers around the world began to turn to fundamental philosophical questions. This episode focuses on those whose concerns addressed this world and its pragmatic issues through rational inquiry, including Confucius, the Legalists, and the Greek…
Greek Art and Architecture
Episode 16 of History of the Ancient World
Pause in your study of historical events to appreciate two of classical Greece's most important contributions to art and architecture. Learn the distinguishing characteristics of Greek sculpture and the principles that gave such extraordinary beauty to Greece's temples.
Athens and Experiments in Democracy
Episode 10 of History of the Ancient World
Greece's most famous city-state is often praised for its creation of democracy. You examine the origins of that system and discover some surprising revelations, including the seminal role played by an instance of spurned affection and perhaps the earliest example…