Professor Garrett G. Fagan, Ph.D.

Professor Garrett G. Fagan
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • McMaster University
To learn about the people of antiquity is to examine the foundations of how we live today. They are at once alien and familiar, an image of ourselves glimpsed in a distant mirror.
Dr. Garrett G. Fagan is Professor of Ancient History at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught since 1996. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, and educated at Trinity College. He earned his Ph.D. from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and has held teaching positions at McMaster University, York University (Canada), and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Davidson College. In all of these institutions, students have given very high ratings to his courses on the classical world. He has also given many public lectures to audiences of all ages. Professor Fagan has an extensive research record in Roman history and has held a prestigious Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship at the University of Cologne, Germany. He has published numerous articles in international journals, and his first monograph, Bathing in Public in the Roman World, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 1999. He has also edited a volume from Routledge on the phenomenon of pseudoarchaeology (2005). His current research project is on spectatorship at the Roman arena, and he is also working on a book on ancient warfare.
Testimonials

"The enthusiasm Professor Fagan has for his "Ancient Roman History" is carried over to his lectures making them both absorbing and instructive."

 

"Professor Fagan is outstanding.  I've now listened to all 3 of his courses and I would buy his next lecture no matter what it's about!"

 

"Professor Fagan was a joy to listen to.  He was organized, prepared, and communicated very well.  His views were well balanced and fair regarding the issues being presented."

42 Courses and Sets

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42 Courses and Sets

  1. History of Ancient Rome

    History of Ancient Rome

    Garrett G. Fagan
    4.4 out of 5
    77% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (141)
    Starting at £39.99 Starting at £39.99 £99.99 £39.99£99.99
    Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability. At its height, the Roman Empire, unified in politics and law, stretched from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland, and it stood for almost 700 years. This course draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and...
  2. Emperors of Rome

    Emperors of Rome

    Garrett G. Fagan
    4.2 out of 5
    64% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (77)
    Starting at £34.99 Starting at £34.99 £79.99 £34.99£79.99
    They are said to be the most powerful rulers who ever lived—a checkered mix of the wise, the brutal, and the unhinged. For more than five centuries they presided over a multiethnic empire that was nearly always at war, if not with neighbors then with rebellious factions within the empire itself. The full scope of their powers was not systematized in constitutional law, a fact that tempted many of them to overreach...
  3. Great Battles of the Ancient World

    Great Battles of the Ancient World

    Garrett G. Fagan
    4.2 out of 5
    74% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (109)
    Starting at £24.99 Starting at £24.99 £54.99 £24.99£54.99
    Hollywood has gone to elaborate lengths to recreate the violence and mayhem of ancient warfare in movies such as Gladiator and Troy. But what were ancient battles really like? What weapons, tactics, armor, training, and logistics were used? In this course, Professor Garrett G. Fagan takes you into the thick of combat in some of the most notable battles fought in the Mediterranean region from prehistoric times to the...
  4. Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History Collection

    Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.8 out of 5
    57% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (7)
    Starting at £34.99 Starting at £34.99 £34.99 £34.99£34.99
    For years, The Great Courses has taken you on stirring explorations of our ancient roots. The Joy of Ancient History is an insightful collection of 36 lectures curated from our most popular ancient history courses. Guided by our highly rated professors, hopscotch around the world to experience the fascinating variety that ancient history offers: from great heroes and epic battles to lost civilizations and beyond.
  5. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.2 out of 5
    42% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (7)
    Starting at £34.99 Starting at £34.99 £34.99 £34.99£34.99
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  6. (Set) History of Ancient Rome & Early Middle Ages  Set

    (Set) History of Ancient Rome & Early Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £60.98 Starting at £60.98 £144.98 £60.98£144.98
    Get an in-depth look at fascinating aspects of two monumental periods in human history. In The History of Ancient Rome, explore both the broad scope and the intimate details of ancient Roman history. In The Early Middle Ages, shed light on the world after the fall of ancient Rome: its fascinating events, its iconic personalities, and its important effects on subsequent history.
  7. (Set) World of Byzantium/History of Ancient Rome  Set

    (Set) World of Byzantium/History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £60.98 Starting at £60.98 £144.98 £60.98£144.98
  8. (Set) Ancient Rome, Ancient Greek Civilization & Alexander the Great  Set

    (Set) Ancient Rome, Ancient Greek Civilization & Alexander the Great

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £83.98 Starting at £83.98 £195.98 £83.98£195.98
    Travel back to Classical Greece and Rome in these three masterful courses taught by expert historians. The History of Ancient Rome explores both the broad scope and the intimate details of ancient Roman history. Ancient Greek Civilization sheds light on the world of ancient Greece using recent research on the culture's history, politics, religion, art, and more. Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age reveals...
  9. (Set) Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire & Great Battles of the Ancient World  Set

    (Set) Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire & Great Battles of the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £125.98 £55.98£125.98
    Expand your understanding of ancient history with this insightful course set on its most famous military leader and the epic battles waged by early warriors and civilizations. First, go beyond the myth to learn about an iconic military genius and his time in Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire. From there, examine the fury of Troy, Marathon, and more of ancient history's defining conflicts in Great Battles...
  10. (Set) History of Ancient Rome/Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age  Set

    (Set) History of Ancient Rome/Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £60.98 Starting at £60.98 £144.98 £60.98£144.98
  11. (Set) Great Battles of the Ancient World & American Civil War  Set

    (Set) Great Battles of the Ancient World & American Civil War

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £60.98 Starting at £60.98 £144.98 £60.98£144.98
    In these two courses, experience the fury of history's greatest battles and conflicts. Great Battles of the Ancient World brings you into the thick of ancient combat in notable battles such as Troy, Gaugamela, and Masada. Examine the experience of the American Civil War, from the front lines of battle to the home fronts of the Union and the Confederacy, in American Civil War.
  12. Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi Set

    Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £490.98 Starting at £490.98 £490.98 £490.98£490.98
    In this engrossing seven-course set, explore some of the world's greatest cities, countries, and civilizations—all from the comfort of your own home. Journey back to the cultural wonders of 14th- and 15th-century Italy with The Italian Renaissance and The Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance. Then survey the fascinating histories of four great civilizations with Ancient Greek Civilization, The History of...
  13. (Set) Emperors of Rome & Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire  Set

    (Set) Emperors of Rome & Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £64.98 Starting at £64.98 £149.98 £64.98£149.98
    Meet some of the most enigmatic figures from the ancient world with this exciting two-course set. In Emperors of Rome, noted Roman historian and Professor Garrett G. Fagan reveals fascinating secrets about Augustus, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, and other emperors who forever defined the Roman Empire. In Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire, classics expert and Professor Kenneth W. Harl details the astonishing...
  14. (Set) Greek and Persian Wars & Great Battles of the Ancient World   Set

    (Set) Greek and Persian Wars & Great Battles of the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £46.98 Starting at £46.98 £102.98 £46.98£102.98
    What were ancient battles really like? What weapons, tactics, armor, training, and logistics were used? Find out in this gripping course duo on ancient warfare. First, The Greek and Persian Wars looks at the new world order sparked by this two-century clash. And Great Battles of the Ancient World goes into the thick of combat in some of the most notable battles fought in the Mediterranean region from prehistoric...
  15. (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History & History of Ancient Rome  Set

    (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History & History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £69.98 Starting at £69.98 £167.98 £69.98£167.98
    Travel back in time and around the world from the comfort of your own home with these two history courses that plunge you into thousands of years of drama and excitement. From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History delivers a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history. The History of Ancient Rome gives you a richly detailed look inside...