Victor Hanson, Ph.D.

Victor Hanson is a world renowned authority on ancient warfare and agrarian history. He is especially recognized for his ground-breaking studies and theories linking agriculture and land possession with ancient military history. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis for the 2002-3 academic year, receiving an appointment to the Shifrin Chair of Military History, although he makes his permanent home on a forty-acre tree and vine farm in California and is a Professor of Classics at California State University at Fresno.

Dr. Hanson has received a plethora of awards and distinctions, among them the American Philological Association Excellence in Teaching Award (1991), National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (1992-3), Eric Breindel Award for opinion journalism (2002), an Alexander Onassis Fellow (2001), and Alumnus of the year at the University of California, Santa Cruz (2002).

He has written essays, editorials, and reviews for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, The New York Post, National Review, American Heritage, Policy Review, Commentary, The Wilson Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, Daily Telegraph, and Washington Times, and has been interviewed often on National Public Radio, the PBS Newshour, and C-Span BookTV.

He is the also the author of some 170 articles, book reviews, and newspaper editorials on Greek, agrarian, and military history, and essays on contemporary culture. He has written or edited thirteen books, including Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece (1983); The Western Way of War (1989); Hoplites. The Ancient Greek Battle Experience (1991); The Other Greeks. The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization (1995); Fields Without Dreams. Defending the Agrarian Idea (1996); The Land Was Everything. Letters From an American Farmer (2000); The Wars of the Ancient Greeks (1999); The Soul of Battle (1999); Carnage and Culture (2001); Autumn of War (2002). Ripples of Battle will appear 2003. With John Heath he co-authored Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom (1998), and, with Bruce Thornton and John Heath, Bonfire of the Humanities (2001). He is currently working on a combat history of the Peloponnesian War, while contributing weekly columns for the National Review Online and serving on the editorial board of Arion, The Military History Quarterly, and City Journal.

HCS viewers can read and download his lecture, "Classical War and Modern Peace", which he wrote and delivered for the John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series at the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 2002. Several press releases which detail this event are also archived on the Site Index of HCS under the Classics category: “Victor Hanson Speaks at University of New Hampshire,” and “Visiting Professor at Annapolis to Speak at UNH.”

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