Books That Have Made History 36 lectures of 30 mins - 250Mb - MP3
In this course, Professor J. Rufus Fears presents his choices of some of the most essential writings in history. These are books that have shaped the minds of great individuals, who in turn have shaped events of historic magnitude.
What Can We Learn From The Great Books?
The point, of course, is that it is not the Great Books themselves that are important, but the values we learn from absorbing them. Professor Fears offers dramatic illustrations of choices taken and values chosen, and of the lives lived as a result.
Fundamental ideas about right and wrong reverberate through these lectures, as history's most profound thinkers ponder questions about life, death, God, and morality:
* In the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, you'll see how words written as a means of self-education by a man who knew how ephemeral Rome's empire really was became an enduring guidepost on the path to wisdom. * In comparing the funeral orations given by Pericles in Athens and Lincoln at Gettysburg, you'll experience two of the most profound statements ever made about the necessity for just wars, as two great leaders grapple with the same questions addressed by Vergil in the Aeneid. * In Gilgamesh, you'll see how a search for eternal life and an understanding of why we must die teaches a questing ruler the greater importance of how we should live. * In the three plays of the Oresteia, you'll see how murder, revenge, duty, and divine intervention are used to show how the power of choice given us by free will is not, by itself, enough, and that disaster can ensue when choice is not guided by wisdom.
Course Lecture Titles 1. Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers From Prison 2. Homer, Iliad 3. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 4. Bhagavad Gita 5. Book of Exodus 6. Gospel of Mark 7. Koran 8. Gilgamesh 9. Beowulf 10. Book of Job 11. Aeschylus, Oresteia 12. Euripides, Bacchae 13. Plato, Phaedo 14. Dante, The Divine Comedy 15. Shakespeare, Othello, the Moor of Venice 16. Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound 17. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 18. Shakespeare, Julius Caesar 19. George Orwell, 1984 20. Vergil, Aeneid 21. Pericles, Oration; Lincoln, Gettysburg Address 22. Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front 23. Confucius, The Analects 24. Machiavelli, The Prince 25. Plato, Republic 26. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty 27. Sir Thomas Malory, Morte d'Arthur 28. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part 1 29. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part 2 30. Henry David Thoreau, Walden 31. Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 32. Lord Acton, The History of Freedom 33. Cicero, On Moral Duties (De Officiis) 34. Gandhi, An Autobiography 35. Churchill, My Early Life; Painting as a Pastime; WWII 36. Lessons from the Great Books