Kenneth W. Harl

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Kenneth W. Harl is an American scholar, author, classicist and numismatist. He received an undergraduate degree from Trinity College
Trinity College (Connecticut)
Trinity College is a private, liberal arts college in Hartford, Connecticut. Founded in 1823, it is the second-oldest college in the state of Connecticut after Yale University. The college enrolls 2,300 students and has been coeducational since 1969. Trinity offers 38 majors and 26 minors, and has...

, a PhD from Yale University
Yale University
Yale University is a private, Ivy League university located in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States...

, and has been Professor of Classical and Byzantine History at Tulane University
Tulane University
Tulane University is a private, nonsectarian research university located in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States...

 in New Orleans since 1978.

Although he has a number of publications, Harl is most known for being a teacher. He earned Tulane’s annual Student Award for Excellence in Teaching eight times and was a 2001 recipient of Baylor University
Baylor University
Baylor University is a private, Christian university located in Waco, Texas. Founded in 1845, Baylor is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.-History:...

’s nationwide Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers. Alumni have commented on his enthusiasm for classroom teaching as well as his extraordinary facility for language and skill in mathematics.

Harl is both a Fellow and a Trustee of the American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society
The American Numismatic Society is a New York City-based organization dedicated to the study of coins and medals.-Introduction:...


Harl often likes to joke amongst his seminar students that when asked to give his occupation on his census questionnaire, he answers "Germanic Warchieftan, Status: Unemployed but ready to raid."


In addition to many journal articles, he has published the following books:
  • Civic Coins and Civic Politics in the Roman East, A.D. 180-275, 1987, ISBN 0-520-05552-7
  • Coinage in the Roman Economy, 300 B.C. to A.D. 700, 1996, ISBN 0-8018-5291-9

He taught a number of courses with The Teaching Company
The Teaching Company
The Teaching Company is a Chantilly, Virginia company that produces recordings of lectures by university professors and high-school teachers. It sells the courses in CD, DVD, MPEG-4, and MP3 formats.- Background :...

: "Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor," "The Era of the Crusades," "Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations," "Peloponnesian War," "World of Byzantium," "Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire," "Vikings," 2005, and "Rome and the Barbarians," 2004.

External links

  • "Heads and Tales", by Robyn L. Loda (2000); a human interest story about professor Harl published in the Tulane University Magazine.