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Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

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カタログ# : TC4600
カテゴリー : 文学
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監督 : J. rufus Fears of Univ. of Oklahoma
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制作国 : USA
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販社 : Teaching Company
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数量   EA

 36 x 30分


What makes a written work eternal—its message still so fundamental to the way we live that it continues to speak to us, hundreds or thousands of years distant from the lifetime of its author?

Why do we still respond to an ancient Greek playwright's tale of the Titan so committed to humanity's survival that he is willing to endure eternal torture in his defiance of the gods? To the cold advice of a 16th-century Florentine exiled from the corridors of power? To the words of a World War I German veteran writing of the horrors of endless trench warfare?


Most important of all, what do such works—"Great Books" in every sense—mean to us? Can they deepen our self-knowledge and wisdom? Are our lives changed in any meaningful way by the experience of reading them?

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.


This course does not analyze the literature or discuss it in detail; rather, it focuses on intellectual history and ethics. What Professor Fears does is to take the underlying ideas of each great work and show how these ideas can be put to use in a moral and ethical life.

Beginning with his definition of a great book as one that possesses a great theme of enduring importance, noble language that "elevates the soul and ennobles the mind," and a universality that enables it to "speak across the ages," Professor Fears examines a body of work that offers an extraordinary gift of wisdom to those willing to receive it.


From the Aeneid and the Book of Job to Othello and 1984, the selections range in time from the 3rd millennium B.C. to the 20th century, and in locale from Mesopotamia and China to Europe and America.

36 Lectures

    1Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers From Prison
    2Homer, Iliad
    3Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
    4Bhagavad Gita
    5Book of Exodus
    6Gospel of Mark
    10Book of Job
    11Aeschylus, Oresteia
    12Euripides, Bacchae
    13Plato, Phaedo
    14Dante, The Divine Comedy
    15Shakespeare, Othello, the Moor of Venice
    16Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
    17Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
    18Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
    19George Orwell, 1984
    20Vergil, Aeneid
    21Pericles, Oration; Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
    22Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
    23Confucius, The Analects
    24Machiavelli, The Prince
    25Plato, Republic
    26John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
    27Sir Thomas Malory, Morte d'Arthur
    28Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part 1
    29Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part 2
    30Henry David Thoreau, Walden
    31Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
    32Lord Acton, The History of Freedom
    33Cicero, On Moral Duties (De Officiis)
    34Gandhi, An Autobiography
    35Churchill, My Early Life; Painting as a Pastime; WWII
    36 Lessons from the Great Books



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