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The Rise and Fall of Athenian Democracy

Image Description Louis Markos
15 lessons
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2h 21m
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100%

2500 years ago, the small city-state of Athens helped lead a barely-united Greece to victory against the massive, invincible forces of the invading Persian Empire. Out of that fiery crucible, a culture and an ethos arose in Athens that gave birth to the humanistic ideals on which Europe was founded and through which she prospered. In less than a century, the citizens of Athens either created or brought to perfection most of those arts and disciplines that still define our Western culture today. In this series, I shall trace the events that led to the birth and flowering of Athenian democracy,...

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Free Will

Image Description Lottie Pike
7 lessons
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35m
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94%

In this course, you will learn all about the debate surrounding free will: the different approaches, the relevant contributions to it from neuroscience and the implications – moral, religious, and political – of determinism.

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The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic

Image Description Louis Markos
15 lessons
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2h 22m
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94%

This series will guide its listeners on an exciting, 1200-year journey from Rome's mythical beginnings to the birth of the Roman Empire. Along the way, we will consider the legendary tales of Aeneas, Dido, and Romulus, the seven kings of the Roman Monarchy, the founding and growth of the Roman Republic, the bloody Punic Wars that pit Rome against Carthage, the equally bloody period of Civil Wars that almost tore Rome apart, the power struggles of Julius Caesar, Pompey, Cleopatra, and Marc Antony, and the rise to power of the young Caesar Augustus, who would become Rome's first emperor and...

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The Kings and Queens of England: From the Norman Conquest to the Present Day

Image Description Ross Maynard
16 lessons
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1h 37m
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100%

The history of the Kings and Queens of England is the history of England. The plans and policies of the monarch and his or her enemies have shaped the history of England for a 1,000 years. And it is a turbulent history: plots and rivalries; wars and invasion; religious divides; and even civil war. This course will give you the chronology of the Kings and Queens of England from the Norman Conquest to the present day, and it will explore the main historical events in each reign. And if you want to memorise the kings and queens of England in order, and understand their role in history, then...

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Why Read Genesis

Image Description Robert Garland
20 lessons
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3h 3m
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100%

Genesis is one of the most original and influential books ever written. As well as being the first book of the Hebrew Bible, Genesis has had a profound impact on both Christianity and Islam. Its depiction of the Creator as an entity who learns by trial and error is both original and bold. Rarely has humanity's struggle to comprehend the mystery of existence been more effectively and provocatively explored. Genesis is also a rattling good narrative. It contains some of the most memorable scenes in western literature. At its heart lies the struggle of the Jewish people to establish their...

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