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    • The Odyssey of Homer

    • By: The Great Courses, Elizabeth Vandiver
    • Narrated by: Professor Elizabeth Vandiver Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
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    What is it in Homer's Odyssey that has so enthralled readers from around the world for thousands of years? By joining Professor Vandiver for these 12 lectures on the Odyssey, you'll find out why.This literary exploration centers on a single provocative question about the epic poem's protagonist, Odysseus: Why does he long so powerfully to go home? To probe the depths of this question, you'll embark on meticulous, insightful examinations of the most important episodes in the Odyssey.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Great Course of a Greak Greek Classic

    • By SAMA on 01-14-14

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Iliad of Homer

    • By: The Great Courses, Elizabeth Vandiver
    • Narrated by: Professor Elizabeth Vandiver Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
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    For thousands of years, Homer's ancient epic poem the Iliad has enchanted readers from around the world. When you join Professor Vandiver for this lecture series on the Iliad, you'll come to understand what has enthralled and gripped so many people.Her compelling 12-lecture look at this literary masterpiece -whether it's the work of many authors or the "vision" of a single blind poet - makes it vividly clear why, after almost 3,000 years, the Iliad remains not only among the greatest adventure stories ever told but also one of the most compelling meditations on the human condition ever written.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Vandiver never disappoints

    • By Machteacher on 07-23-13

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Classical Mythology

    • By: The Great Courses, Elizabeth Vandiver
    • Narrated by: Professor Elizabeth Vandiver Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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    These 24 lectures are a vibrant introduction to the primary characters and most important stories of classical Greek and Roman mythology. Among those you'll investigate are the accounts of the creation of the world in Hesiod's Theogony and Ovid's Metamorphoses; the gods Zeus, Apollo, Demeter, Persephone, Hermes, Dionysos, and Aphrodite; the Greek heroes, Theseus and Heracles (Hercules in the Roman version); and the most famous of all classical myths, the Trojan War.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Informative and Entertaining

    • By Matt on 01-29-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Aeneid of Virgil

    • By: The Great Courses, Elizabeth Vandiver
    • Narrated by: Professor Elizabeth Vandiver Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
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    The Aeneid is the great national epic of ancient Rome, and one of the most important works of literature ever written. And with Professor Vandiver's 12 instructive lectures, you'll enter fully into the gripping tale that Virgil tells. Join Aeneas on his long journey west from ruined Troy to the founding of a new nation in Italy, and see how he weaves a rich network of compelling human themes. Your encounter with the Aeneid focuses on careful, detailed examinations of the epic's background, main themes, and significant episodes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Consider this preparatory material

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-26-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Herodotus: The Father of History

    • By: The Great Courses, Elizabeth Vandiver
    • Narrated by: Professor Elizabeth Vandiver Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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    Witness the "works and wonders" of the ancient world through the eyes of its first great historian in this sparkling series of 24 lectures from a much-honored teacher and classical scholar.Herodotus (c. 484-420 B.C.E.) was a Greek who was born in what is now the modern Turkish resort town of Bodrum and who died, so tradition says, in the south of Italy. In between, his tirelessly inquiring mind took him from one corner of the known world to another.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really Loved It

    • By Betsy on 09-15-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Greek Tragedy

    • By: The Great Courses, Elizabeth Vandiver
    • Narrated by: Professor Elizabeth Vandiver Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
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    Greek tragedy was a dramatic form that flourished for less than a full century. And yet it remains vibrant, alive, and productive today. And the form's masterpieces help us-as perhaps they helped their original audiences-grasp a fuller sense of the terror and wonder of life. Professor Vandiver has designed these 24 rich and rewarding lectures to give you a full overview of Greek tragedy, both in its original setting and as a lasting contribution to the artistic exploration of the human condition.

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    • Theatre History Done Right!

    • By Joshua on 10-19-13

    Regular price: $34.95