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Books that Matter: The City of God

Composed in the years after the sack of Rome in the 5th century, it ushers you on an astounding historical and theological journey through the final years of the ancient world. Augustine of hippo's masterpiece the city of God is one of the greatest books ever written, yet its size - nearly 1, 000 pages - too often intimidates even serious readers.

Whether you come to this book as a christian, augustine will revolutionize the way you think about politics, or simply someone who wants fresh insight into our world today, a historian, a literature lover, history, religion, a philosopher, and our relationship to the divine. You will witness how augustine wrestles with some of the thorniest philosophical challenges of any time, fate versus free will, including the problem of evil, faith versus reason, and the very nature of God.

Although there are no easy answers, helping readers live "happy in hope, Augustine's approach is ultimately therapeutic, " which he argues is the only true happiness in a fallen world. What makes this book so powerful? and what mysteries lie between its pages? over the course of 24 in-depth lectures, guides you chapter by chapter through Augustine's magnum opus, of the University of Virginia, Professor Mathewes, introducing you not only to the book's key arguments but also to the historical context necessary to comprehend The City of God's true power.

Professor mathewes delivers a profound introduction to one of the world's truly great books.

Tocqueville and the American Experiment

Cook from the state University of New York, Geneseo. The great course from The Teaching Company. 24 lectures, 30 minutes each on 2 discs by Professor William R.


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Herodotus: The Father of History

Witness the "works and wonders" of the ancient world through the eyes of its first great historian in this sparkling series of 24 lectures from a much-honored teacher and classical scholar. In between, his tirelessly inquiring mind took him from one corner of the known world to another. And he reported on or visited all of its continents Europe, Asia, and Africa to write about the vast array of subjects that captured his interest.

In these lectures, professor vandiver introduces you to Herodotus and The Histories, tracing the influences he assimilated and the new methods he used in crafting this monumental work. These included the "great works" of the ancient land of egypt; the remarkable kings who built the vast Persian Empire; and the strange customs and unlikely origins of the Scythians, a warlike, mounted people who lived beyond the Danube and whose repulse of Darius and the Persians in 513 B.

C. E. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. The book that emerged from these "inquiries" - The Histories - is Herodotus's only known work, yet it still made Herodotus one of the rare, landmark figures in the story of thought. 484-420 b. C. E.


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The Odyssey of Homer

For anyone who's loved the stories of odysseus's encounters with witches, monsters, and vengeful gods; for anyone who's longed to truly grasp the intricate nature of Homer's epic; or for anyone who has been looking for ways to approach a work that can often be intimidating to first-time readers, these lectures are an invaluable resource and a helpful introduction to the grandest adventure story in Western literature.

This literary exploration centers on a single provocative question about the epic poem's protagonist, you'll embark on meticulous, Odysseus: Why does he long so powerfully to go home? To probe the depths of this question, insightful examinations of the most important episodes in the Odyssey . Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

. Among the range of episodes, and topics you'll explore are: odysseus's superb skills as a rhetorician; the abrupt break in the text at the end of the "Great Wanderings" episode, themes, when the poem briefly returns to the third-person narrative; Penelope's knowledge and motives as they relate to the inevitability of her suitors' doom; the effectiveness or possible lack thereof in the poem's ending; the historical basis for the Trojan War from which Odysseus returns; and more.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. In doing so, you'll understand the cultural assumptions that lie behind Homer's lines and the critical and interpretive issues involved in truly unpacking this ancient masterpiece. What is it in homer's odyssey that has so enthralled readers from around the world for thousands of years? By joining Professor Vandiver for these 12 lectures on the Odyssey, you'll find out why.

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The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations

This comprehensive series of 48 lectures by an award-winning teacher and scholar sheds new light on this critical period by exploring the political, cultural, social, and economic revolutions that transformed Europe between the arrival of the Black Death in the 14th century to the onset of the Enlightenment in the 18th century.

Yet the europe that emerged from this was vastly different from the Europe that entered it. By the start of the 18th century, Europe had been revitalized and reborn in a radical break with the past that would have untold ramifications for human civilization. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

Professor fix covers a remarkable breadth of subjects relating to European history from 1348 to 1715. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. It explains how these startling changes came about; the social, economic, and political factors that helped steer Europe away from the Middle Ages and into the modern world; the kinds of patterns we can see during this time; and how these centuries were critical to the entire narrative of history and have contributed to the Western world we know today.

While religion, politics, and economics dominate this period, wars, science, he also pays close attention to art, exploration, and technology. Updating bullet to all The Great Courses Listing. Between 1348 and 1715, western europe was fraught with turmoil, beset by the Black Plague, numerous and bitter religious wars, and frequent political revolutions and upheavals.




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Emperors of Rome

What sort of men were the roman emperors and were they all men? what background and training, Caligula, Claudius, monuments built, if any, lands and peoples conquered? Dive into these questions and more with this introduction to the complex personalities of emperors such as Augustus, prepared them for their awesome responsibilities? What depravities did they display? And what achievements can they claim: laws passed, and Nero.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. As you explore these questions, later compilations, archaeological remains, you'll also study the amalgam of eyewitness reports, and inscriptions on monuments and coins. As you witness the reigns of the successive rulers unfold, you will see how the office evolved with the political forces that sustained it, becoming more and more tightly bound to the military.

Contemporary accounts, which means you play the role of detective, are not necessarily to be trusted, when available, sifting for the truth of this spellbinding era. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Updating bullet to all The Great Courses Listing.

For more than five centuries, the brutal, these emperors-a checkered mix of the wise, and the unhinged-presided over a multi-ethnic empire that was nearly always at war. These thirty-six gripping lectures bring to life the many emperors of Rome from the turn of the 1st century to the transition to the Middle Ages.




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The World of Byzantium

Updating bullet to all The Great Courses Listing. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Byzantium is too-often considered merely the "Eastern rump" of the old Roman Empire, a curious and even unsettling mix of the classical and medieval. In a series of 24 tellingly detailed lectures, cultures, occupied a crucial place in both time and space that began with Constantine the Great and endured for more than a millennium - a crucible where peoples, you'll learn how the Greek-speaking empire of Byzantium, and ideas met and melded to create a world at once Eastern and Western, or East Rome, Greek and Latin, classical and Christian.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. And you'll be dazzled by the achievements of byzantium's emperors, monks, developing christian monastic institutions shielding a comparatively weak and politically fragmented western Europe from the full force of eastern nomadic and Islamic invasions, engineering, urban design, fusing classical, and military affairs, politics, architects, scholars, and officials to include: preserving and extending the literary, and eastern influences, deepening Christian thought while spreading the faith to Russia and the rest of what would become the Orthodox world, patriarchs, architecture, intellectual, priests, Christian, and aesthetic legacy of Classical and Hellenistic Greece Carrying forward path-breaking Roman accomplishments in law, artists, soldiers, and helping to shape the course of the Humanist revival and the Renaissance.

Yet it was, according to professor harl, "without a doubt the greatest state in Christendom through much of the Middle Ages, " and well worth our attention as a way to widen our perspective on everything from the decline of imperial Rome to the rise of the Renaissance. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

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