Our purpose in this course will be to examine the foundations of Western civilization in antiquity. We will look at the culture of the ancient Hebrews, of the ancient Greeks, and of the Romans, and we will likewise look at how these cultures interacted with each other, sometimes happily, sometimes not.
In the process, we will focus on how the questions they addressed and the answers they found live among us and continue to shape our lives to this very day. For in a very real sense we are all of us, as participants in Western culture, Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans still.
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I've listened to five of the Modern Scholar series and enjoyed them all. This one was the best yet. Professor Shutt gives many insightful comments and analogies throughout. His style is comfortable and engaging -- never dull. Finally, he does an outstanding job of examining the consequences of whatever event he is discussing.
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I enjoyed these lectures quite a bit and thought they shed interesting light on their subjects. Very worthwhile for me.
I have lived a very varied life from southern Ontario to Alberta bush country, from Detroit to New York City's Lower East Side.
Covering a really broad swath of ancient history this is a great introduction to the societies that made us what we are today.
It's a history course. Characters are too numerous to mention and it dwells more on societies than individuals
I like taking online courses and this was a great introduction to those areas of history that most interest me.
Definitely. Very well presented, concise, not boring at all.
It is presented in a simple style and natural way of talking, as if he traces the roots of western culture at a kitchen table.
Not to be ashamed of...
You do not need to be a history buff to appreciate the content of this audio book. The author does a great job and makes the subject-matter both interesting and easy to understand.
I received more than expected, and am sure the subject players -- Greeks, Romans and Hebrews -- would also applaud Dr. Shutt. He has the knowledge, enthusiasm, talent and balance to make this an outstanding lecture series.
"Engaging, entertaining, enlightening"
Prof Shutt brings his subject to life, and makes a persuasive case that these three cultures, more than any others, contributed to our modern world. This is the third Modern Scholar lecture series I have listened to, the second by this lecturer, and I can only encourage you to listen too. Although I had a passing interest in the classical world, this series of lectures and the 'Modern Scholar: Wars that made the Modern World' combined have made me understand the narrative thread and value of a classical education. As a result I am now reading Herodotus and will soon be thumbing the pages of Thucydides. I will cherish this series and ensure my children listen too, at the appropriate time.
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