Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans the foundations of Western Civilization

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IN LIBRARYPeninsula Center Book on CD Nonfiction909.098 SHUTT
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Recorded Books, Inc
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Prince Frederick, Md
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7 sound discs (14 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guide (128 p. ; 22 cm.)
"14 lectures"--Cover.
Spoken compact disc.
Lecture 1. Overview and backgrounds: Ancient cultures -- Lecture 2. The Hebrew Bible: Overview and Genesis -- Lecture 3. The Hebrew Bible: Exodus, David, the Prophets and Job -- Lecture 4. Homer and The Iliad -- Lecture 5. Homer: The Odyssey and the Birth of Tragedy -- Lecture 6. The Birth of Tragedy: Aeschylus and the Greek Drama -- Lecture 7. Herodotus and Thucydides: Historians and Hellenism -- Lecture 8. Socrates and Plato -- Lecture 9. Plato and Aristotle -- Lecture 10. Virgil and Rome -- Lecture 11. Virgil and Ovid -- Lecture 12. The Christian Bible: The Gospels -- Lecture 13. The Christian Bible: The Diaspora and St. Paul -- Lecture 14. Plotinus, St. Augustine: The End of Antiquity and the Medieval Synthesis.
This course examines the foundations of Western Civilization in antiquity. Shutt looks at the culture of the ancient Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans, as well as how these cultures interacted with each other. He pays most of his attention to events taking place and ideas coming to birth in the Mediterranean basin, the fundamental homeland, or cultural hearth of Western Civilization from about 1200 BCE, before the Common Era, to about 600 CE: that is to say, from about the time of the events memorialized as the Trojan War and the Exodus to the end of Antiquity.
Timothy B. Shutt
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In all fairness, I did not listen beyond the first lecture. I expected it to be a fascinating subject. Prof. Shutt spent a lot of the first lecture trying to convince me, in terms I suppose he thought might make the subject accessible (“girls just want to have fun”), that I should be interested. He kids around, uses a lot of modern slang and references to a degree I soon felt I had lost the progression and information intended (not sure at some points what was intended). He talks briefly about the development of agriculture and of cities and says that culture was established 4,500 thousand years ago. I imagine he meant 4,500 "BC" (or BCE as he prefers) not "ago". The first lecture ends with a student asking why we should study these cultures "rather than other cultures". I expected the answer to be that we should study these cultures and other cultures. Instead he reiterates the importance of studying the foundation of western civilization. Amused, how often he says the roots of "our" culture, or something to that effect, assuming everyone listening is western in heritage.