Victor Davis Hanson: "Life of a Soldier: Greek and Persian" – Marathon2500 Lecture #3

Professor Victor Davis Hason, Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, delivered a wonderful lecture, “Life of a Soldier: Greek and Persian”, for the Reading Odyssey’s Marathon2500 lecture series, Wednesday, November 10, 2010 via webinar.

Professor Hanson is a classicist and an expert on the history of war. A regular contributor to National Review Online and many other national and international publications, he has written or edited sixteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power. His most recent book is A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War. He was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Bush in 2007.

Listen to the podcast here (note – the audio quality is mixed):

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Victor Davis Hanson Biography

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Hanson was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California (1992–93), a visiting professor of classics at Stanford University (1991–92), and alumnus of the year of the University of California, Santa Cruz (2002).

In 1991 he was awarded an American Philological Association Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given yearly to the country’s top undergraduate teachers of Greek and Latin. He received the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism (2002), the National Humanities Medal (2007), and the Bradley Prize (2008).

Hanson is the author of some 170 articles, book reviews, and newspaper editorials on Greek, agrarian, and military history and essays on contemporary culture.


1. Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern (2010)
2. Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome (ed.) (2010)
3. Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece (1983; paperback ed., University of California Press, 1998)
4. Carnage and Culture (Doubleday, 2001)
5. A War Like No Other (Random House 2005)
6. The Western Way of War (Alfred Knopf, 1989; 2d paperback ed., University of California Press, 2000)
7. The Wars of the Ancient Greeks (Cassell, 1999; paperback ed., 2001)
8. Mexifornia: A State of Becoming (Encounter, 2003).

Hanson has written essays, editorials, and reviews for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Post, National Review, American Heritage, Policy Review, Commentary, National Review, the Wilson Quarterly, the Weekly Standard, Daily Telegraph, and Washington Times. He has been interviewed often on National Public Radio, the PBS Newshour, and C-Span BookTV. Currently, he is a syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services and a weekly columnist for the National Review Online and Pajamas Media.

Hanson received a BA at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1975) and his PhD in classics from Stanford University (1980). 

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