OBITUARY: Celebrated historian of ancient Greece, Donald Kagan dies at 89


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded Donald Kagan the National Humanities Medal in 2002, and selected him to deliver the 2005 Jefferson Lecture.
Kagan titled his lecture, "In Defense of History"; he argued that history is of primary importance in the study of the humanities.

According to Politico, "Kagan’s unapologetic advocacy for the study of Western civilization and for protecting the right to air unpopular and even abhorrent views made headlines not just at Yale but around the country. He never understood the tenured academics who claimed to be afraid to speak up, and he loved to say that he kept making trouble — and getting promoted."