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    • Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed

    • By: Edwin Barnhart, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Edwin Barnhart
    • Length: 23 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
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    Centuries ago, Spanish conquistadors searching for gold and new lands encountered a group of independent city-states in Mesoamerica. Sophisticated beyond the Spaniards' wildest imaginings, these people were the Aztecs, the Maya, and related cultures that shared common traditions of religion, government, the arts, engineering, and trade. In many ways more advanced than European nations, these societies equaled the world's greatest civilizations of their time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Presentation and a Wonderful Narrator

    • By Richard on 01-22-16

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The History of Ancient Rome

    • By: Garrett G. Fagan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Garrett G. Fagan
    • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,279
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    Even today, the influence of Ancient Rome is indelible, with Europe and the world owing this extraordinary empire a huge cultural debt in almost every important category of human endeavor, including art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. At the peak of its power, Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability, unified in politics and law, stretching from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland. And it stood for almost 700 years.In this series of 48 spirited lectures, you'll see how a small village of shepherds and farmers rose to tower over the civilized world of its day and left a permanent mark on history. In telling Rome's riveting story, Professor Fagan draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and archaeological scholarship, to introduce the fascinating tale of Rome's rise and decline, including the famous events and personalities that have become so familiar: . Horatius at the bridge . Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage . Caesar assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey . The doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra . The mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula . The conversion of Constantine The course also addresses one of history's greatest questions: Why did the Roman Empire fall? And you'll learn why most modern scholars believe that the empire did not "fall" at all, but, rather, changed into something very different-the less urbanized, more rural, early medieval world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating Journey!

    • By George on 04-26-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • African Mythology

    • A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of African Myths
    • By: Bernard Hayes
    • Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 20
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    African mythology is intricate, complex, and the ideals behind some of their mythological beliefs were often intertwined with actual events. This book examines how both myth and fact contributed to the culture and traditions of the African people and how some stories continue to be influential. 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Very Eurocentric view of Africa

    • By Autumn on 10-16-18
    • A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of African Myths
    • By: Bernard Hayes
    • Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Release date: 09-11-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 20 ratings

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Caesar

    • Life of a Colossus
    • By: Adrian Goldsworthy
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,288
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,077
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076

    Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of Julius Caesar's life, Adrian Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor's accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar's character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some 2,000 years later.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Caesar and his times

    • By Mike From Mesa on 08-31-15

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Underworld

    • The Mysterious Origins of Civilization
    • By: Graham Hancock
    • Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
    • Length: 31 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    From Graham Hancock, best-selling author of Fingerprints of the Gods, comes a mesmerizing book that takes us on a captivating underwater voyage to find the ruins of a lost civilization that's been hidden for thousands of years beneath the world's oceans. While Graham Hancock is no stranger to stirring up heated controversy among scientific experts, his books and television documentaries have intrigued millions of people around the world and influenced many to rethink their views about the origins of human civilization. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating

    • By Michael Beeson on 05-13-19

    Regular price: $39.95

    • The Fall of Carthage

    • The Punic Wars 265-146BC
    • By: Adrian Goldsworthy
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 382
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    The struggle between Rome and Carthage in the Punic Wars was arguably the greatest and most desperate conflict of antiquity. The forces involved and the casualties suffered by both sides were far greater than in any wars fought before the modern era, while the eventual outcome had far-reaching consequences for the history of the Western World, namely the ascendancy of Rome. An epic of war and battle, this is also the story of famous generals and leaders: Hannibal, Fabius Maximus, Scipio Africanus, and his grandson Scipio Aemilianus, who would finally bring down the walls of Carthage.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating

    • By Jean on 03-25-19

    Regular price: $29.95

    • From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

    • By: Kenneth J. Hammond, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kenneth J. Hammond
    • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 956
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 820

    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.You'll learn about the powerful dynasties that ruled China for centuries; the philosophical and religious foundations-particularly Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism-that have influenced every iteration of Chinese thought, and the larger-than-life personalities, from both inside and outside its borders, of those who have shaped China's history. As you listen to these lectures, you'll see how China's politics, economics, and art reflect the forces of its past.From the "Mandate of Heaven," a theory of social contract in place by 1500 B.C.E., 3,000 years before Western philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, to the development of agriculture and writing independent of outside influence to the technologically-advanced Han Dynasty during the time of the Roman Empire, this course takes you on a journey across ground that has been largely unexplored in the history courses most of us in the West have taken.In guiding you through the five millennia of China's history, Professor Hammond tells a fascinating story with an immense scope, a welcome reminder that China is no stranger to that stage and, indeed, has more often than not been the most extraordinary player on it.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good broad brush information

    • By David on 10-03-13

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean

    • By: M. Doreal
    • Narrated by: John Marino
    • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 494
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    The history of the tablets translated in the following book is strange and beyond the belief of modern scientists. Their antiquity is stupendous, dating back some 36,000 years. The writer is Thoth, an Atlantean Priest-King, who founded a colony in ancient Egypt after the sinking of the mother country. He was the builder of the Great Pyramid of Giza, erroneously attributed to Cheops. In it he incorporated his knowledge of the ancient wisdom and also securely secreted records and instruments of ancient Atlantis.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Starseeds will love this energetic transmission!

    • By Reagan Orloff on 02-11-19

    Regular price: $6.95

    • History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    • By: Gregory S. Aldrete, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
    • Length: 24 hrs and 24 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
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    The ancient world has cast a long shadow, influencing our customs and religious beliefs, our laws, and the form of our governments. It has taught us when and how we make war or pursue peace. It has shaped the buildings we live and work in and the art we hang on our walls. It has given us the calendar that organizes our year and has left its mark on the games we play.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding - Informative AND Entertaining

    • By Matt on 11-20-13

    Regular price: $52.95

    • Heroes

    • Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
    • By: Stephen Fry
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 388
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    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Heroes, written and read by Stephen Fry. There are heroes - and then there are Greek heroes. Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils or outwitted scheming vengeful gods quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. In this companion to his best-selling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Silvia on 11-03-18

    Regular price: $26.17

    • Zealot

    • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
    • By: Reza Aslan
    • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,237
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,785
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,775

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E.

    • By Charles on 07-22-13
    • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
    • By: Reza Aslan
    • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Release date: 07-16-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,237 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The History of the Medieval World

    • From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade
    • By: Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273

    From the schism between Rome and Constantinople to the rise of the T'ang Dynasty, from the birth of Muhammad to the crowning of Charlemagne, this erudite book tells the fascinating, often violent story of kings, generals, and the peoples they ruled.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The First Half of the Medieval World

    • By Troy on 08-11-14

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Language Families of the World

    • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
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    Professor John McWhorter of Columbia University takes you back through time and around the world, following the linguistic trails left by generations of humans that lead back to the beginnings of language. Utilizing historical theories and cutting-edge research, these 34 astonishing lectures will introduce you to the major language families of the world and their many offspring, including a variety of languages that are no longer spoken but provide vital links between past and present. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining

    • By Mark on 02-10-19

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Dead Sea Scrolls

    • By: Gary A. Rendsburg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Gary A. Rendsburg
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 784
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    Whether complete or only fragmentary, the 930 extant Dead Sea Scrolls irrevocably altered how we look at and understand the foundations of faith and religious practice. Now you can get a comprehensive introduction to this unique series of archaeological documents, and to scholars' evolving understanding of their authorship and significance, with these 24 lectures. Learn what the scrolls are, what they contain, and how the insights they offered into religious and ancient history came into focus.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A comprehensive overview of the Qumran Scrolls

    • By Jacobus on 09-25-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Early Middle Ages

    • By: Philip Daileader, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Philip Daileader
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
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    The Early Middle Ages-the years from A.D. 650 to 1000-were crucial to Europe's future social and political development. These 24 lectures trace a journey from Scandinavia across northern and central Europe to the farthest reaches of the Byzantine and Islamic empires, providing an exciting new look an era often simply called the "Dark Ages."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great professor!

    • By Nicolas Cobelo on 11-16-17

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Cleopatra

    • A Life
    • By: Stacy Schiff
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,155
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      4 out of 5 stars 715
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    Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A pretty good listen.

    • By Shaun on 04-21-11

    Regular price: $29.95

    • From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity

    • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 546
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    Step back to Christianity's first three centuries to see how it transitioned from the religion of Jesus to a religion about Jesus. How did a single group from among many win the struggle for dominance to establish the beliefs central to the faith, rewrite the history of Christianity's internal conflicts, and produce a canon of sacred texts – the New Testament – that supported its own views?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful survey of historical Christianity

    • By Carl D. Smith on 03-29-17

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Sword and Scimitar

    • Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West
    • By: Raymond Ibrahim, Victor Davis Hanson - foreword
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
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    The West and Islam - the sword and scimitar - have clashed since the 17th century, when, according to Muslim tradition, the Roman emperor rejected Prophet Muhammad's order to abandon Christianity and convert to Islam, unleashing a centuries-long jihad on Christendom. Sword and Scimitar chronicles the decisive battles that arose from this ages-old Islamic jihad, beginning with the first major Islamic attack on Christian land in 636.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sword and Scimitar

    • By stevearcia on 01-20-19

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician

    • By: Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated by: John Curless
    • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 780
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 725
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 722

    In this dynamic and engaging biography, Anthony Everitt plunges us into the fascinating, scandal-ridden world of ancient Rome in its most glorious heyday. Accessible to us through his legendary speeches but also through an unrivaled collection of unguarded letters to his close friend Atticus, Cicero comes to life here as a witty and cunning political operator.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well written, well read portrait of a statesman

    • By Tim on 02-11-15

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

    • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
    • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 767
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 691

    Alexander the Great-one of the most renowned figures in antiquity-has inspired everything from medieval romances to blockbuster movies, and military leaders from Julius Caesar to Napoleon to the U.S. general Norman Schwarzkopf. But who was this great king of Macedon? And why is he so legendary? These 36 spellbinding lectures take you deep inside the world of Alexander to witness the astonishing feats of military genius that made his name renowned for millennia after his death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Alexander, the Man and the Legend

    • By SAMA on 11-27-13

    Regular price: $41.95

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