Absolutely, a very objective and insightful survey of a significant historical figure.
Since Paul's letters do not provide an obvious narrative, it was interesting to see how the lecturer approached the subject and the various themes he distilled out.
His cadence and inflection added a lot of meaning to what would come off as very dry and abstract on the page. Like the letters themselves, meant to be spoken and not read!
one of the very best Great Courses offerings; recorded a while ago, yet still very relevant
Professor Saccio offers terrific insights into key themes, not linear narratives, and communicates his passion in his lecture. He employs just enough performance in the readings to keep the plays themselves a living part of the course, not something dead to simply be studied.
His treatment of the histories, the part of Shakespeare's oeuvre with which I was least familiar, was particularly engaging, including his heartfelt treatment of Falstaff.
I would consider this relevant for the "intermediate" Shakespeare enthusiast. Enough depth for those who have read/seen a fair amount, but not assuming full fluency in the playwright. An excellent offering.
Great interplay of abstract and practical, and of philosophy and technology. Professor conveyed tremendous excitement and mastery of the material.
History of Ancient Rome, in that the professors had similar storytelling skills, and gracefully stepped out of the chronological narrative for thematic purposes.
Relating of Einstein's Doh! moment when he added a fudge factor to the his General Relativity theory that proved extraneous.
Well paced, with narrative giving way to thematic discussions toward the end; professor is extremely knowledgeable with sense of humor that leavens the topic just enough
no, but 1-1.5 hours at a time was not uncommon
could have been interesting, but lost my interest; very wordy rehashing of same vague concepts; should have been more concise and meaty
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