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K. Keller

I like to read non-fiction, mostly.

Pennsylvania | 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
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (64)

    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"
    "I Had to Abandon This"
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    Performance
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    What disappointed you about The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity?

    The lecturer was VERY knowledgeable. But so much so that he went all over the map, time-wise, and assumed a lot of previous knowledge. I found myself often confused. "Wait, WHEN is this?" At first, I thought it was me. I thought I had too little knowledge of the classics. But I sallied forth, and finally, just over halfway through, got discouraged enough to abandon it, entirely. Frankly, I just got bored.

    I hesitated to write a negative review, because I always assume that the problem is me. BUT... I recently took up TWO other Great Courses, one in history and one in science, and I love them both. So, in this case, sadly, I must blame the lecturer.


    Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

    Absolutely. I consider this negative review to be an anomaly. I have been very satisfied with The Great Courses from Audible, and the ones previously purchased from the Great Courses catalog.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Kenneth W. Harl’s performances?

    No. Not really.


    5 of 11 people found this review helpful

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