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  • Churchill |  The Great Courses

    Churchill

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 15 mins)
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    • Narrated By Professor J. Rufus Fears
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    In these 12 inspiring lectures, Professor Fears presents a well-balanced portrait of Churchill that does not whitewash his flaws. Yet he also draws on the most recent historical scholarship and material from Churchill's writings and speeches to make the case that Churchill belongs with Pericles of Athens and Abraham Lincoln as one of the greatest statesmen in the history of democracy.

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  • Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life |  The Great Courses

    Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Rufus J. Fears
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    Why do "Great Books" continue to speak to us hundreds and even thousands of years after they were written? Can they deepen our self-knowledge and wisdom? Are our lives changed in any meaningful way by the experience of reading them?Tackle these questions and more in these 36 engaging lectures. Beginning with his definition of a Great Book as one that possesses a great theme of enduring importance, noble language that "elevates the soul and ennobles the mind," and a universality that enables it to "speak across the ages," Professor Fears examines a body of work that offers extraordinary wisdom to those willing to receive it.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A course that will open you to new ideas."
  • The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History |  The Great Courses

    The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
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    • Narrated By Professor J. Rufus Fears
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    History is made and defined by landmark events-moments that irrevocably changed the course of human civilization. They have given us: spiritual and political ideas; catastrophic battles and wars; scientific and technological advances; world leaders both influential and monstrous; and cultural works of unparalleled beauty.

    Quaker says: "Fun course but Professor Fears is not for everyone"
  • Life Lessons from the Great Books |  The Great Courses

    Life Lessons from the Great Books

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
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    • Narrated By Professor J. Rufus Fears
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    Study more than three dozen works that span the timelines of Western history, from ancient Greece and Rome to the modern age. Whether written 2,000, 200, or 20 years ago, the enduring works of literature still speak to us and place our unique experiences into a larger perspective, offering invaluable lessons for every important moment in life. Every Great Book you explore over these 36 insightful lectures-from the Odyssey and the Gospel of John to Hamlet and Animal Farm.

    R. Hansen says: "Interesting but a bit scattered by Prof. Fears"
  • The Wisdom of History |  The Great Courses

    The Wisdom of History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 22 mins)
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    Do the lessons passed down to us by history, lessons whose origins may lie hundreds, even thousands of years in the past, still have value for us today? Is Santayana's oft-repeated saying, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," merely a way to offer lip service to history as a teacher-or can we indeed learn from it? And if we can, what is it that we should be learning?

    Jason says: "A great performance on the myth of history"
  • Life Lessons from the Great Myths |  The Great Courses

    Life Lessons from the Great Myths

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 22 mins)
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    • Narrated By Professor J. Rufus Fears
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    Change the way you think about some of the greatest stories ever told with this examination of the most important myths from more than 3,000 years of history. The ways in which the human imagination can transform historical events, people, and themes into powerful myths that endure through the ages is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

    David I. Williams says: "Amaznig series of Lectures"
  • Famous Greeks |  The Great Courses

    Famous Greeks

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 25 mins)
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    • Narrated By Professor J. Rufus Fears
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    Join Professor Fears for this riveting 24-lecture examination of fascinating figures who shaped the story of Greece from the Trojan War through the rise of Rome. What do their lives, studied in the context of their times, tell us about virtue and vice, folly and wisdom, success and failure? Inspired and informed by the monumental works of Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, and Plutarch, these lectures allow you to do exactly that, guided by a truly great teacher.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "Fine Introduction"
  • Famous Romans |  The Great Courses

    Famous Romans

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 26 mins)
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    • Narrated By Professor J. Rufus Fears
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    These 24 lectures retell the lives of the remarkable individuals - the statesmen, thinkers, warriors, and writers -who shaped the history of the Roman Empire and, by extension, our own history and culture. Professor Fears divides his presentation into three "turning point" epochs in Roman history: Rome's war with Hannibal (the Second Punic War); Caesar and the end of the Roman Republic; and the imperial era between Augustus and Marcus Aurelius.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "Captivating Biography"
  • A History of Freedom |  The Great Courses

    A History of Freedom

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Rufus J. Fears
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    It can be argued that one simple idea-the concept of freedom-has been the driving force of Western civilization and may be the most influential intellectual force the world has ever known. But what is freedom, exactly? These 36 engaging lectures tell the dramatic story of freedom from ancient Greece to our own day, exploring a concept so close to us we may never have considered it with the thoroughness it deserves.

    Knitting Nerd says: "Outstanding history"
  • What the Constitution Says | Rufus Fears

    What the Constitution Says

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    Here you will "visit" a state ratifying convention in order to analyze both the Constitution (especially as explained by The Federalist) and the case made by its Anti-Federalist foes, who argued that small republics and virtue both private and public are the best safeguards for liberty.

  • Leonidas at Thermopylae | Rufus Fears

    Leonidas at Thermopylae

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    It is a hot August morning in 480 B.C. Xerxes is closing in on Greece with 500,000 men. Facing him is Leonidas, king of the Spartans, with a small force of 7,000 built around a band of 300 Spartans. The stand they are preparing to make at the narrow pass called Thermopylae will become one of the most stirring in the annals of war. It will change world history and secure the place of Leonidas among the famous Greeks.

  • The Trial of Socrates | Rufus Fears

    The Trial of Socrates

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    In his funeral oration, Pericles celebrates the Athenian democracy for its tolerance. The Athenians treasure freedom of speech as essential to true democracy. Yet this same Athenian democracy puts to death its greatest thinker and teacher, Socrates. Why?

  • The Tyranny of George III | Rufus Fears

    The Tyranny of George III

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    What turned loyal British colonists into armed traitors declaring their independence? Edmund Burke suggested the answer when he observed that in England, "the great contests for freedom were, from the earliest times, chiefly upon the question of taxes."

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