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The Ancient Greeks

This is a survey of ancient Greek history from the Bronze Age to the death of Socrates in 399 BCE. Along with studying the most important events and personalities, we will consider broader issues such as political and cultural values and methods of historical interpretation.
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Rating 4.7 based on 333 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 3-5 hours/week
Starts Nov 21 (last week)
Cost $49
From Wesleyan University via Coursera
Instructor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, PhD
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Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities

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Pr Szegedy-Maszak gave me a very good introduction on Ancient Greeks , a subject one can spend his all life on .


It is so wonderful Fantastic course in its own right but also offers a historical context for Penn's courses on the Myths and Philosophy of the Ancient Greeks.

it contains a great deal of information and provides some interesting readings materials and has improved my knowledge of the Ancient Greeks considerably.

I think it's one of the good side-effect of this course: it motivates you to learn even more about the ancient Greeks.

I honestly did not know what to expect from the course, but I am deeply interested and hope to retain at least the main points of the lectures to take with me in my understanding of the world and the development of our richly influenced society by the Ancient Greeks.

A good starting point to learn more about the "Ancient Greeks" Great course, but the quizzes are not quite there yet.

I found Wesleyan University's course "The Ancient Greeks" rich in varied information.

非常基础的课程,作为古希腊历史的入门学习很不错。 So thanks Prof ,i think that it was a great course and really my hope now is to visit Greece to recall Homer,Socrates,Hesiod,Solon.........................As a course ,Ancient Greeks resource me much and i advice all students to take this wonderful course.

You could get a very deep knowledge and understanding through the readings (Greek tragedies, Herodotus, Thucydides etc) and the lectures, or a broad survey of the Ancient Greeks by just watching the videos.

I studied roman history and latin at high school, and I was eager to learn more about the ancient greeks.

This was an excellent course on The Ancient Greeks.

A wonderful panoramic introduction to the Ancient Greeks.

I have learned quite a bit so far and am developing further interest in that time period, especially how the Ancient Greeks have shaped societal constructs and belief systems and how they have affected us throughout the ages to modern life as we know it.

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andrew szegedy-maszak

Thank you Prof. Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, and all the course creators and mentors, for this excellent course.

Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, es un gran profesor de historia Antigua.

Me surpreendi muito com a qualidade do curso que deve-se, aliás, ao excelente professor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak.Recomendo a todos os interessados em aprender mais sobre a Grécia Antiga.

Professor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak's lectures are particularly thoughtful and the quizzes are clear.

I hope Prof. Andrew Szegedy-Maszak will give more courses on this subject, starting with the end of this course, the 4th century BCE, progressing to the 3rd, 2nd etcetera BCE!

Special acknowledgment to professor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak for his work and generous way to give knowledge to the students!

The course is extremely well-designed and presented by first-rate lecturer, Professor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak of Wesleyan University.

Thank you, PhD Andrew Szegedy-Maszak!

Prof. Andrew Szegedy-Maszak demonstrates great knowledge about the subjects, covering literature, government, and philosophy.Yet the course has two setbacks: 1) The professor stutters through the lectures, displaying his obvious discomfort being on camera; and 2) the overview is very expansive, so there isn't great study in any single theater of Greek civilization.There is, however, solid coverage.

Professor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak ("Professor Andy") has a fantastic presentation style and is obviously knowledgeable and passionate about the subject of the Ancient Greeks.

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professor andy

At first, I must admit Professor Andy seemed quite dry at first, but as I began to understand his wit, I waited continually for him to deliver something extremely hilarious.

I like the pace of the course and the voice of "Professor Andy"!

Professor Andy lectures really made me enjoy my time spent learned and studying about the Ancient Greeks, now having skimmed the top of some history of the Ancient Greeks I look to discover more by myself and as suggested in this course.

Professor Andy can tell a story and is the best damn Professor at wesleyan!

Pros: *Presented in easy-to-grasp segments *Reading material added depth *Professor Andy's insights into the subject and willingness to point out controversies and separate fables from truth *Professor's subtle sense of humor *Great slides ~ the pictures of the area as well as the art brought Greece to life and the printed words helped me to solidify the concepts in my head.

*I actually would have liked a longer course *While Professor Andy did a fair job including historical accounts of women as much as possible, it would have been nice to have more women represented.

I would really liked this to have been a longer course, or perhaps Professor Andy could be persuaded to cover some other topics in future offerings.

Professor Andy is a delightful storyteller and carries so much knowledge and meaning in his stories, and as such classes are very engaging.

Professor Andy has a quiet method of delivery, but his enthusiasm and passion for the topic still shine through.

Professor Andy is full of passion for his subject - and it's a fascinating one!

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easy to follow

Very Interesting and easy to follow.

The lectures are easy to follow, and there is an excellent selection of readings of original materials.

The professor is very comfortable lecturing in front of a camera, which makes it quite easy to follow the lectures and what he is explaining.

The lectures were easy to follow and the additional reading material fit to the lectures.

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recommend this course

I would recommend this course to anyone interested in this topic muy bueno, el inicio, no manejo el ingles a la perfeccion , me gustaria q las preguntas finales despues de los videos deben contener en el idioma del participante Thoroughly enjoyed this course and learnt an incredible amount.

I would recommend this course to everyone who likes history or ancient cultures.

I would definitely recommend this course as a general introduction to anyone interested in the Ancient Greeks or planning a visit to the Mediterranean.

I will recommend this course.

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so much

Maravilloso curso para complementar conocimientos y obtener información de una fuente confiable A fantastic course with so much information and so much modern scholarship about Ancient Greece.

We covered so much in these lectures.

So much important history that can be related to current events and people.

Thank you so much for conducting such a well paced course to the prelude of Greek's history!The course was simply fascinating!

Thank you so much for offering this course on Coursera.

Thank you so much for the lectures and great resources!

The weekly quizzes are quite challenging and based both on lectures and optional readings, but you end up liking the course so much, you wouldn't want the tests to be too easy...

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highly recommended

Highly recommended.

Highly recommended if you want to learn about history of ancient Greece, with a side order of drama, literature, lives of women, slaves and metics (do the course and you will know who they are).


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subject matter

He is able to put the subject matter in context of a larger historical perspective.

Poor presentation although good subject matter.

The professor is highly informed on the subject matter and his personality brings these myths and historical insights to life through engaging, clear story telling.

Very engaging subject matter and instructor has discussed topics in such a way as to make you want to know more and to continue with the lessons even though it's way past bedtime!

The subject matter is interesting, and the course hours per week are very reasonable.

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la historia

Me gusta la historia y solo aprendo por hobby.

He aprendido mucho sobre la historia antigua de Grecia.

Agradezco también a Coursera por hacer posible que expertos en temas que poco o nada se tocan en algunos países (México en mi caso) estén al alcance de quienes estamos interesados en formarnos de manera académica en la Historia antigua.

Really interesting course Uno estudia más a fondo esta parte de la historia de la civilización griega.

Amo todo lo relacionado con la Historia, Mesopotamia, Babilonia, Medo Persa, Griegos y Romanos.

Gracias a este curso aprendí la historia de Grecia y me ayudaron a mi nota de castellano.

Excelente para comprender la historia de Grecia Antigua Great course, good explanations and good course structure.

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well presented

An extremely interesting and well presented course.

I'd like to thank the professor for such good lectures well presented and thought provoking Fantastic course.

Informative and enjoyable Well presented and very enjoyable.

:) Well presented, wonderful insight into the world of the ancient Greeks.

wonderful really interesting course, well presented and full of fascinating information; well worth doing Limited in scope but very good for the time/topics it covers.

there could have been a couple of videos on gods and some of the mythic heroes I learned a lot from this well organized and well presented course.

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passion for

If he shared his passion for the subject with us it would be more enjoyable.

It is very clear that the professor has a passion for the subject and is deeply knowledgeable.

You can tell the professors passion for both the subject and his desire to communicate that love of Greek and both it's history ,legacy, and culture.

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well structured

It is well structured and well organized.

Really well structured, lectures are really interesting and I have really enjoyed it!!

It was well structured and interestingly taught.

The programme is well structured and the content approached with some depth (considering the introductory nature of the course).

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An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile.

Coordinator of Greek Life and Activities $30k

Greek Life Project Coordinator $31k

Multicultural Greek Council Co-Advisor $43k

Coordinator of Greek Life and University Programming $45k

Onassis Lecturer of Modern Greek $53k

Greek Life Advisor $55k

Greek Advisor $55k

Greek interpreter $59k

Coordinator of Greek Affairs, Office of the Dean of Students $102k

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Rating 4.7 based on 333 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 3-5 hours/week
Starts Nov 21 (last week)
Cost $49
From Wesleyan University via Coursera
Instructor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, PhD
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities

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