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  • Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues

  • By: Michael Sugrue, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Sugrue
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
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These 16 lectures bring the Socratic quest for truth alive and explore ideas that are as vital today as they were 25 centuries ago. Ideas about truth, justice, love, beauty, courage, and wisdom that can change lives and reveal the world in new ways. Here, you'll delve into the inner structure, action, and meaning of 17 of Plato's greatest dialogues, making these lectures an indispensable companion for anyone interested in philosophy in general or Platonic thought in particular.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enthusiastic and excellent primer

  • By Tim Dubber on 05-03-2017

An enthusiastic and excellent primer

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Reviewed: 05-03-2017

If you want a series which will encourage you to explore the great works of one of western worlds greatest minds, look no further.

  • Exploring the Roots of Religion

  • By: John R. Hale, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John R. Hale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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What impulse drove ancient cultures to create sites like Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, and the pyramids at Giza? Why are we so transfixed by their presence today? And what do they reveal about our ancestors-and humanity? The dynamic force of religious belief is responsible for some of the world's most popular and ancient locales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent course

  • By Tim Dubber on 02-09-2016

Excellent course

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Reviewed: 02-09-2016

Having mainly stayed in the history department of the great courses this is my first foray into the religious aspect of world history and culture. a thoroughly entertaining and informative introduction across the breadth of ancient and modern religion from the archaeological perspective.

  • Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

  • By: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bob Brier
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
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What is it about ancient Egypt that still captures our imaginations? How did it grow from a few villages along the Nile into the greatest power the world had ever seen? Explore these questions and more in these 12 entertaining lectures that tell the stories of the great pharaohs and the daily realities of Egyptian life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent introduction to ancient Egypt

  • By Tim Dubber on 12-08-2016

excellent introduction to ancient Egypt

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Reviewed: 12-08-2016

good course. I would recommend doing this one before the longer Egyptian history course by the same lecturer so as to get an overview before diving in.

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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
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    5 out of 5 stars 7
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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
  • excellent course but....

  • By Tim Dubber on 05-07-2016

excellent course but....

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Reviewed: 05-07-2016

If you don't know anything about Rome, don't start here. If you do the Roman history and emperors of Rome course first you will get a lot more out of this one.

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  • The Peloponnesian War

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
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    5 out of 5 stars 18
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The Peloponnesian War pitted Athens and its allies against a league of city-states headed by Sparta. The ancient Greek historian Thucydides captured this drama with matchless insight in his classic eyewitness account of what was arguably the greatest war in the history of the world up to that time. These 36 half-hour lectures draw on Thucydides' classic account as well as other ancient sources to give you a full picture of the Greek world in uneasy peace and then all-out war in the late 5th century B.C.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Tim Dubber on 11-06-2016

excellent

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Reviewed: 11-06-2016

An amazing overview of an incredibly interesting and important episode of Greek history. highly recommended

  • The Peloponnesian War

  • By: Thucydides
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
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Historians universally agree that Thucydides was the greatest historian who has ever lived, and that his story of the Peloponnesian conflict is a marvel of forensic science and fine literature. That such a triumph of intellectual accomplishment was created at the end of the fifth century B.C. in Greece is, perhaps, not so surprising, given the number of original geniuses we find in that period. But that such an historical work would also be simultaneously acknowledged as a work of great literature and a penetrating ethical evaluation of humanity is one of the miracles of ancient history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • haunting

  • By Tim Dubber on 19-05-2016

haunting

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Reviewed: 19-05-2016

An excellent rendition of Thucydides canonical work. highly recommended to anyone looking for a audio book rendition.

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  • The World of Byzantium

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
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    5 out of 5 stars 16
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Byzantium is too-often considered merely the "eastern rump" of the old Roman Empire, a curious and even unsettling mix of the classical and medieval. Yet it was, according to Professor Harl, "without a doubt the greatest state in Christendom through much of the Middle Ages," and well worth our attention as a way to widen our perspective on everything from the decline of imperial Rome to the rise of the Renaissance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Rome

  • By BookFan on 20-10-2016

amazing depth on a fascinating subject

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Reviewed: 19-05-2016

This course is excellent, with an engrossing mixture of historical analysis and narrative about the rise and fall of the eastern Roman empire.

  • Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations

  • By: Brian M. Fagan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Brian M. Fagan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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Where do we come from? How did our ancestors settle this planet? How did the great historic civilizations of the world develop? How does a past so shadowy that it has to be painstakingly reconstructed from fragmentary, largely unwritten records nonetheless make us who and what we are?

These 36 lectures bring you the answers that the latest scientific and archaeological research and theorizing suggest about human origins, how populations developed, and the ways in which civilizations spread throughout the globe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A bit dated

  • By Anonymous User on 07-11-2017

excellent lecturer

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Reviewed: 19-05-2016

An excellent introduction to the great courses series. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a good survey course to start their ancient history learning.