Although he has a vast body 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
’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 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
: "Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor," "The Era of the Crusades," "Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations," "Peloponnesian War," "World of Byzantium," "Vikings," 2005, and "Rome and the Barbarians," 2004.
"Heads and Tales"
, by Robyn L. Loda (2000); a human interest story about professor Harl published in the Tulane University Magazine
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