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  • Rome and the Barbarians

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

The history of the Romans as they advanced the frontiers of Classical civilization is often told as a story of warfare and conquest-the mighty legions encountering the "barbarians." But this only tells one side of the story.Who were the Celts, Goths, Huns, and Persians met by the Romans as they marched north and east? What were the political, military, and social institutions that made Rome so stable, allowing its power to be wielded against these different cultures for nearly three centuries?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Course I've heard yet.

  • By M. Brian Burchette on 01-01-15

A Fair Treatment of a Complex History

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Harl's presentation of the topic was consistent with the majority views of ancient and medieval scholars. My criticisms are generally related to Harl's presentation style, which can be somewhat dry at times. Overall, it is a solid course.

  • The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

In this course, an award-winning professor and New York Times best-selling author offers a penetrating investigation of the 24 most pivotal Christian controversies, shedding light on fallacies that obscure an accurate view of the religion and how it evolved into what it is today. In each lecture, you'll delve deeply into a key issue in Christianity's early development. Explore intriguing questions in this unique inquiry into the core of Christian tradition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A remarkable look at early Christianity.

  • By Kate on 09-11-16

Understanding Christianity

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-10-18

This is an excellent course for the serious student as well as those with a more casual interest in the area of Early Christianity. This is not a course for proponents of biblical literalism and/or those who are unwilling to take a hard look at the historical record in order to analyze the evolution of Christian doctrine during the 1st through 4th centuries AD.

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  • The Italian Renaissance

  • By: Kenneth R. Bartlett, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth R. Bartlett
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

The effects of the Italian Renaissance are still with us today, from the incomparable paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to the immortal writings of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But why was there such an artistic, cultural, and intellectual explosion in Italy at the start of the 14th century? Why did it occur in Italy? And why in certain Italian city-states such as Florence? Professor Bartlett probes these questions and more in 36 dynamic lectures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Course but need written text

  • By Listen on 07-04-14

Romans, Italians and Barbarians

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Overall, I will say that I enjoyed this course quite a bit. But with that said, Bartlett would be well-served to drop the use of the word 'Barbarians' when talking about Germans and other non-Italians. I know he is trying to make a continuous connection between antiquity and the Renaissance, but needless repetition of the term does become distracting at times. Otherwise, it was a great course (pun intended).

  • The Celtic World

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Jennifer Paxton PhD
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

Following the surge of interest and pride in Celtic identity since the 19th century, much of what we thought we knew about the Celts has been radically transformed. In The Celtic World, discover the incredible story of the Celtic-speaking peoples, whose art, language, and culture once spread from Ireland to Austria. This series of 24 enlightening lectures explains the traditional historical view of who the Celts were, then contrasts it with brand-new evidence from DNA analysis and archeology that totally changes our perspective on where the Celts came from.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I wish this had a different title

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-20-18

It's Celtic

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Reviewed: 06-17-18

In my most honest assessment, I would have given this course 3 1/2 stars overall if it was possible to do so. Paxton appears to be very knowledgeable on the subject matter, but does meander at times through the material, which can be somewhat distracting for the listener. For those interested in the ancient Celts, particularly those wishing to know more about the regions of Gaul, N. Italy, Switzerland, Germany and even Galatia, this is not the class for you. While it does briefly discuss Caesar's conquest and related topics- these issues remain very underdeveloped. This course focuses on Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Cornwall, with a fair amount of discussion about Galicia (Spain), all of which is interesting, but rather focused on those regions.

47 of 54 people found this review helpful

  • The Joy of Sexus

  • Lust, Love, and Longing in the Ancient World
  • By: Vicki León
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
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    4 out of 5 stars 11
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    4 out of 5 stars 11

In her previous books, Vicki Len put listeners in the sandals of now obsolete laborers, ranging from funeral clowns to armpit pluckers, and untangled the twisted threads of superstition and science in antiquity. Now, in this book of astonishing true tales of love and sex in long-ago Greece, Rome, and other cultures around the Mediterranean, she opens the doors to shadowy rooms and parts the curtains of decorum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great for anyone interested in historical sexualit

  • By Jessica on 08-08-15

Funny, Insightful and at Times Crass. <br />

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-31-18

This book was fun. This should in no way be a reflection of the books academic integrity, which is solid. I would recommend it to anyone interested in this topic - partially those who are not prudish.

  • Introducing the Ancient Greeks

  • From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind
  • By: Edith Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
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    4 out of 5 stars 30
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    4 out of 5 stars 30

Acclaimed classics scholar Edith Hall's Introducing the Ancient Greeks is the first book to offer a synthesis of the entire ancient Greek experience, from the rise of the Mycenaean kingdoms of the sixteenth century BC to the final victory of Christianity over paganism in AD 391. Each of the ten chapters visits a different Greek community at a different moment during the twenty centuries of ancient Greek history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surveying the Greeks

  • By Jolene on 05-31-18

Surveying the Greeks

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Reviewed: 05-31-18

Hall does a good job introducing her audience to the culture and mindset of the Ancient Greeks without needlessly dwelling on minutia which are better addressed in more detailed examinations (monographs). The narration is clear and a joy to listen to. Well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists

  • By: Luke Timothy Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

These 24 inspiring lectures introduce you to the sages who, as a group, represent the "missing page" of the history of philosophy. Although their names are sometimes familiar to us, as in the case of Cicero and Plutarch, their philosophy is not. Studying these thinkers offers some surprising ways to think about philosophy. This course offers ample opportunity to hear, in their own words, the philosophers' prescriptions for healthier living.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Philosophy As Self-Improvement

  • By Joshua on 03-29-15

A Solid Presentation

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-10-18

Although brief, the class does an acceptable job of discussing the major points of interest for anyone wanting to obtain a solid foundation of Greco-Roman moral philosophy.

  • Science Education in the Early Roman Empire

  • By: Richard Carrier
  • Narrated by: Richard Carrier
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Throughout the Roman Empire cities held public speeches and lectures, had libraries, and teachers and professors in the sciences and the humanities, some subsidized by the state. There even existed something equivalent to universities, and medical and engineering schools. What were they like? What did they teach? Who got to attend them? In the first treatment of this subject ever published, Dr. Richard Carrier answers all these questions and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Leslie RP on 01-14-17

Illuminating Education in the Ancient World

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Reviewed: 03-21-18

I enjoyed this work. When used in conjunction with the written text, this inspection is as detailed and academically credible as many current works on the subject.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How Jesus Became God

  • The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee
  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
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    4 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

In a book that took eight years to research and write, leading Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman explores how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty Creator of all things. Ehrman sketches Jesus's transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection. Only when some of Jesus's followers had visions of him after his death - alive again - did anyone come to think that he, the prophet from Galilee, had become God.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How Jesus changed from the 1st the 4th Century A.D

  • By Jacobus on 06-05-16

Examining History

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-15-18

Bart Ehrman displays his scholastic credentials throughout this examination of how an apocalyptic prophet from Nazareth could come to be thought of as a god. For those interested in solid academic analysis, this is a good place to start.

  • The Gnostic Gospels

  • By: Elaine Pagels
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 639
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
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    4 out of 5 stars 420

The Gnostic Gospels provides engaging listening for those seeking a broader perspective on the early development of Christianity. Author and noted scholar Elaine Pagels suggests that Christianity could have developed quite differently if Gnostic texts had become part of the Christian canon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The other side of Jesus

  • By Laura on 05-19-06

Insightful

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-18

This is the second of Pagel's books that I have listened to and must say that I am still impressed with her scholarship. If this is a topic of interest or research, I would suggest having a print copy of the text as well.