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Wesley

WEST LINN, OR, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
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    (58)
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    (55)
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    (54)

    Explore the dramatic interaction between Judaism, Christianity, and paganism in Rome from the 1st to the 6th centuries. Why did pagan Rome clash with the early Christians? What was it like to be a Jew or a Christian under Roman law? And how did Christianity ultimately achieve dominance in the Roman Empire?Over the course or 24 lectures, Professor Harl enables you to grasp the full historical sweep of this critically important era and its key figures.

    Wesley says: "Outstanding and worth every moment"
    "Outstanding and worth every moment"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity the most enjoyable?

    The lecturer told a compelling story drawing from both historical written sources and the archaeological record. The scope was enormous, but the narrative kept me engaged throughout. There was absolutely no way I was going to keep every thread, name or movement completely straight listening to this while driving to work, but the larger story and the dynamics of each historical period were told in such a compelling manner within a structure that I could grasp the broader whole even if I could not recite many of the fine details.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity?

    The build up to the conversion of Constantine and the background for just how improbable it was given the historical record and proceeding events.


    What about Professor Kenneth W. Harl’s performance did you like?

    I found Prof. Harl to be extraordinarily honest with his presentation of materials. This is my second lecture by him (the first with The Vikings) and I appreciate that he will lay out the views of scholars who may disagree with his analysis and then plainly state, "I do not agree with that view ..." He will also clearly state, "We just can't know, but can infer from the limited evidence we have..." He is also a fine storyteller.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is 30 minute lectures, so while listening to the book in one setting is unrealistic I found myself frequently sitting in the driveway or parking lot for an extra 10 minutes to finish a lecture, wanting to hear the rest of the story and summary conclusions.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be seeking out additional lectures from Prof. Harl.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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