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    • The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History

    • By: J. Rufus Fears, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: J. Rufus Fears
    • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun course but Professor Fears is not for everyone

    • By Quaker on 11-04-13

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Life Lessons from the Great Books

    • By: J. Rufus Fears, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: J. Rufus Fears
    • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting but a bit scattered by Prof. Fears

    • By R. Hansen on 09-30-14

    Regular price: $41.95

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

    • By: Rufus J. Fears, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Rufus J. Fears
    • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A course that will open you to new ideas.

    • By Kristi R. on 07-06-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Wisdom of History

    • By: J. Rufus Fears, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: J. Rufus Fears
    • Length: 18 hrs and 18 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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best set of lectures in the great courses

    • By Ian on 11-01-16

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Churchill

    • By: The Great Courses, J. Rufus Fears
    • Narrated by: J. Rufus Fears
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Churchill

    • By Francisco on 07-12-13

    Regular price: $14.95

    • A History of Freedom

    • By: Rufus J. Fears, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Rufus J. Fears
    • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoughtful, engaging tour

    • By Jared on 01-28-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Famous Greeks

    • By: J. Rufus Fears, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: J. Rufus Fears
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • He put all the pieces together

    • By Ji M. on 10-18-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Life Lessons from the Great Myths

    • By: J. Rufus Fears, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: J. Rufus Fears
    • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amaznig series of Lectures

    • By David I. Williams on 04-07-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Famous Romans

    • By: J. Rufus Fears, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: J. Rufus Fears
    • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Professor Fears is a joy, listening to him is fun.

    • By Marc on 08-19-14

    Regular price: $34.95