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Dr J's Audio-Visual Resources for Classics


The Illustrated Mythic Hero

Illustrated Greek Theater

Illustrated Greek Drama

Illustrated Parthenon Marbles

Illustrated Road to the Recovery of Ancient Buildings

Illustrated Greek History MENU
Bronze Age
Archaic Age

Persian Wars
Classical Age



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Dr. J's
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Greek History

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Although Temple University's Intellectual Heritage 51 is not a course in Greek History, it certainly helps to know a little about it - certainly about the events of the century leading up to the Golden Age of Athens, described so aptly by Pericles in his Funeral Oration (also see Dr. J's Illustrated Pericles' Funeral Oration).

Greece is unique among classical cultures because the curious intersection of myth, literary genius, history and reality is reflected in the material culture they left behind. In other words, today in 1999 you can actually stand in the King's megaron at Mycenae and imagine you hear Clytemnestra's screams (Aeschylus' Oresteia); you can see an excavated bathtub at Pylos, in the very palace that Homer told us Telemachos was bathed! (Homer's Odyssey 4); you can go to Sounion and determine the very spot from where King Aegeus threw himself into the sea; or you can even go to Crete and see a reconstruction of the palace at Cnossos where Theseus is said to have fought and killed the monster Minotaur. To learn about these wondrous pre-historic cultures of Greece we know so well from mythology, start with a tour of Dr. J's Illustrated Bronze Age (link not yet ready).

To learn how the Greeks came out of the Dark Age which followed the Bronze Age, to see how and why the Olympics started, where Homer was from, or who built those monumental buildings whose ruins are still to be found all over Greece, start with Dr. J's Illustrated Archaic Age.

To learn about how Athens took center stage in the Greek fight against the invading Persians, and why Athens developed such a superiority complex, which led to the founding of the Athenian Empire that ruled the Aegean in the Golden Age of Greece, start with Dr. J's Illustrated Persian Wars.

To learn all about the art, literature and general culture of the great Classical Age of Greece, with a special emphasis on democratic Periclean Athens, start with Dr. J's Illustrated Classical Age.

Coming soon are pages on Greek art, but for the time being, check out these great collections on-line:


Detroit Institute of Arts
Emory University

And check out Andrew Wilson's great animated pages about Greek art:
 The context- techniques of painter and potter


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Department of Foreign Languages
Illinois State University