Sterling Professor of Classics and History
Professor Kagan, who received his PhD from Ohio State University in 1958, has written The Great Dialogue: A History of Greek Political Thought from Homer to Polybius (1965 and 1986); The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War (1969); The Archidamian War (1974); The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition (1981); The Fall of the Athenian Empire (1987); Pericles and the Birth of the Athenian Empire (1990); On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace (1995); While America Sleeps (2000) with Frederick W. Kagan; The Western Heritage (2000) with Steven Ozment and Frank M. Turner; The Heritage of World Civilizations (2000) with Albert M. Craig, William A. Graham, Ozment and Turner; The Peloponnesian War (2003).
Winner of the National Humanties Medal for 2002, and a prominent social and political critic, his graduate courses include seminars in the writings of selected Greek historians and in selected periods in Greek history. One of his courses, CLCV 205: Introduction to Ancient Greek History, recorded at Yale in Fall 2007, is available at http://oyc.yale.edu/classics/introduction-to-ancient-greek-history, as well as through iTunes U and YouTube.
Selected Recent Publications
- Thucydides: The Reinvention of History, Viking Press, New York, 2009
- The Peloponnesian War, Viking Press, New York, 2003. Paperback edition 2004.
Dutch translation 2004. Greek translation 2004. Portuguese translation 2006
- The Western Heritage (with Steven Ozment and Frank M. Turner), 10th edition,
Prentice Hall, New York, 2009.
For further information see Professor Kagan’s page on the History Department web site.