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Lectures on Ancient and Early Medieval History - Main
Lecture 1: What is Civilization?
Resources for the Study of Western Civilization
Lecture 2: Ancient Western Asia and the Civilization of Mesopotamia
Epic of Gilgamesh
Mesopotamian Civilization -- Resources
Cuneiform Writing
Sumerian Civilization Resources
The Code of Hammurabi
Lecture 3: Egyptian Civilization
Egyptian Civilization Resources
Lecture 4: The Akkadians, Egyptians and the Hebrews
The Reign of Sargon of Akkad
The Mythopoeic World View of Ancient Man
Lecture 5: Homer and the Greek Renaissance, 900-600BC
Mycenaean Resources
Homer on the Internet
Trojan War Resources
The Heroic Outlook and the Greek World
Lecture 6: The Athenian Origins of Direct Democracy
Ancient Greek Civilization Resources
Aristotle on the Excellence of the Polis
Pericles on Athenian Democracy
Lecture 7: Classical Greece, 500-323BC
Herodotus on the Victory at Marathon
The Funeral Oration of Pericles
Thucydides on the Athenian Plague of 430 B.C.
Aeschylus Resources
Sophocles, 496-406 B.C.
Euripides, c.480-406 B.C.
Aristophanes, c.448-c.380
Herodotus, c.485-425 B.C.
Thucydides, c.460-c.400 B.C.
Lecture 8: Greek Thought: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle
The Pre-Socratic Philosophers: Resources
Socrates, c.469-399 B.C.
Plato, c.427-347 B.C.
Plato, The Allegory of the Cave
Aristotle, 384-322 B.C.
Lecture 9: From Polis to Cosmopolis -- Alexander and Hellenistic Greece, 323-30 B.C.
Philip II, 383-336 B.C.
Alexander the Great, 356-323 B.C.
The Decline of the Athenian Polis
Philosophy as Therapy and the End of the Polis
Epicurus, 341-270 B.C.
Sextus Empiricus and the Principles of Skepticism
Lecture 10: Early Roman Civilization, 753-509B.C.
Roman History -- Resources
Lecture 11: Republican Rome, 509-31B.C.
The Laws of the Twelve Tables, c.450 B.C.
Plutarch on the Murder of Tiberius Graachus, 133 B.C.
Lecture 12: Augustus Caesar and the Pax Romana
Gaius Julius Caesar, c.100-44 B.C.
Augustus Caesar, 68 B.C.-A.D. 14
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Lecture 13: A Social History of the Roman Empire
Seneca on Gladiatorial Contests
Selected Resources on Roman Social History
Lecture 14: The Decline and Fall of Rome
Lecture 15: Christianity as a Cultural Revolution
Lecture 16: The Church Fathers: St. Jerome and St. Augustine
St. Jerome, c.342-420
St. Augustine, 354-430
Lecture 17: Byzantine Civilization
Emperor Justinian, c.482-565
Empress Theodora, c.500-547
Byzantine Resources
Lecture 18: Islamic Civilization
Resources for Islamic History
Lecture 19: Early Medieval Monasticism
St. Benedict of Nursia, c.480-c.543
Lecture 20: Charlemagne and the Carolingian Renaissance
Boethius, c.475-524
The Conversion of Clovis
Charlemagne, 742-814
Einhard on the Coronation of Charlemagne
Lecture 21: Feudalism and the Feudal Relationship
Feudalism Resources
Lecture 22: European Rural Society: Manorialism
Lecture 23: Medieval Society: The Three Orders
Resources for Medieval European History
Lecture 24: The Medieval World View
Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804
Kant, Critique of Pure Reason (1781)
St. Thomas Aquinas on the Internet
Goliardic Verse
Lecture 25: The Holy Crusades
Constantine the Great, c.274-337
The Capture of Jerusalem, 1099
The Children's Crusades (1212)
Lecture 26: The 12th Century Renaissance
Peter Abelard, 1079-1142
Peter Abelard, Sic et Non (Yes and No)
The "Disputatio"
Lecture 27: Heretics, Heresies and the Church
Fourth Lateran Council (1215): Canon 3 - On Heresy
St. Dominic, c.1170-1221
The Rule of St. Francis, c.1233
Lecture 28: Aquinas and Dante
St. Thomas Aquinas on the Internet
Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321
Lecture 29: Satan Triumphant: The Black Death
Internet Resources on the Black Death
Giovanni Boccaccio, 1313-1375
Jean de Venette on the Progress of the Black Death
Map of the Movement of the Black Death
Jean Froissart on the Flagellant Movement
Lecture 30: In the Wake of the Black Death
The Statute of Labourers (1351)
William Langland's The Vision Concerning Piers Plowman
Jean Froissart on the "Jacquerie" (1358)
The Death of Wat Tyler (1381)
The Hundred Years' War Resources
Joan of Arc, c.1412-1431

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