This course is an interdisciplinary series of connected lectures delivered by eminent scholars from several colleges and universities. Each professor addresses an area of personal expertise and focuses not only on the matter at hand, but on the larger story-on the links between the works and the figures discussed. The lectures address-in chronological sequence-a series of major works that have shaped the ongoing development of Western thought both in their own right and in cultural dialogue with other traditions.
In the process, the course engages many of the most perennial and far-reaching questions that we face in our daily lives. The lectures draw upon the resources of history, philosophy, literary study, art history, religious studies, political science, and the history of science and technology, in hopes of engaging the rich and profoundly interactive discussions that, over the course of 40 centuries, have made Western culture what it is.
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An excellent series. Highly recommended.
Unhistorical, unliterary, a lot of religion though
The first chapter about the epic of Gilgamesh was brief, but perhaps a good introduction. It was overall well-narrated but very short. If you are moderately aware of the story it will not add anything to your knowledge.
Then we hit the Bible:
This is not a literary study of the Bible; it is a literal study of the bible. It is neither historical nor literary, is more like a wishful description of several books (wishful as in the “they may be true; I want them to be at least partially true, but if they are not, I don’t care I like’em” sense. Professor Schiffman sounds like an shouting angry rabbi. Why does he shout so much? It’s very irritating. And no, the 10 commandments are not the direct ancestor of Human Right professor Schiffman.
I like The Teaching Company. I have listened to many lectures by them. This is the worst I have ever encountered, as it does not seem to be educational at all. I cannot be bothered to follow it through.
As a side note: The addition of an “E” after BC to make it “Before the Current Era” instead of “Before Christ” is an exercise in futility. As an atheist I was quite contempt with BC. There is no need for renaming everything!