The Foundations of Western Civilization (Audiobook - TTC) (Repost)

ISBN: 1565855345

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The Foundations of Western Civilization (Audiobook) By Professor Thomas F.X. Noble
2002 | 25 hours and 11 mins | ISBN: 1565855345 | MP3 64 kbps | 735 MB



You can discover the essential nature, evolution, and perceptions of Western civilization from its humble beginnings in the great river valleys of Iraq and Egypt to the dawn of the modern world.

With these 48 lectures on the people, places, ideas, and events that make up The Foundations of Western Civilization, award-winning scholar and teacher Thomas F. X. Noble of the University of Notre Dame invites you to explore the vast and rich territory of Western civilization.

Grasp History over Thousands of Years
From the late stages of the Agricultural Revolution to the doorstep of the Scientific Revolution, your learning in this course will cover roughly 3000 B.C. to A.D. 1600, when the "foundations" of the modern West come into view.

Professor Noble's goal is to offer a history of what has been fundamental across millennia in the West, that most unusual of world civilizations.

"Throughout the course, we will pause to reflect on where Western civilization finds its primary locus at any given moment," he says. "But Western civilization is much more than human and political geography.

"We will explore the myriad forms of political and institutional structures by means of which Western peoples have organized themselves and their societies. These include monarchies of several distinct types, as well as participatory republics.

"Looking at institutions will draw us to inquire about the Western tradition of political discourse. Who should participate in any given society? Why? How have societies resolved the tension between individual self-interest and the common good?"

Your learning will follow a timeline and order to cover vast amounts of territory and thousands of years:
  • Begin in the ancient Near East and move to Greece, then to Rome
  • Explore the shape and impact of large ancient empires, including those of Persia, Alexander the Great, and Rome
  • Consider Western Europe to watch Europe gradually expand physically and culturally
  • Examine the globalization of Western civilization with the Portuguese and Spanish voyages of exploration and discovery.


Course Lecture Titles

  • “Western,” “Civilization,” and “Foundations”
  • History Begins at Sumer
  • Egypt—The Gift of the Nile
  • The Hebrews—Small States and Big Ideas
  • A Succession of Empires
  • Wide-Ruling Agamemnon
  • Dark Age and Archaic Greece
  • The Greek Polis—Sparta
  • The Greek Polis—Athens
  • Civic Culture—Architecture and Drama
  • The Birth of History
  • From Greek Religion to Socratic Philosophy
  • Plato and Aristotle
  • The Failure of the Polis and the Rise of Alexander
  • The Hellenistic World
  • The Rise of Rome
  • The Roman Republic—Government and Politics
  • Roman Imperialism
  • The Culture of the Roman Republic
  • Rome—From Republic to Empire
  • The Pax Romana
  • Rome's Golden and Silver Ages
  • Jesus and the New Testament
  • The Emergence of a Christian Church
  • Late Antiquity—Crisis and Response
  • Barbarians and Emperors
  • The Emergence of the Catholic Church
  • Christian Culture in Late Antiquity
  • Muhammad and Islam
  • The Birth of Byzantium
  • Barbarian Kingdoms in the West
  • The World of Charlemagne
  • The Carolingian Renaissance
  • The Expansion of Europe
  • The Chivalrous Society
  • Medieval Political Traditions, I
  • Medieval Political Traditions, II
  • Scholastic Culture
  • Vernacular Culture
  • The Crisis of Renaissance Europe
  • The Renaissance Problem
  • Renaissance Portraits
  • The Northern Renaissance
  • The Protestant Reformation—Martin Luther
  • The Protestant Reformation—John Calvin
  • Catholic Reforms and "Confessionalization"
  • Exploration and Empire
  • What Challenges Remain?



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