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Who was Alexander the Great? Was he a brilliant, ambitious conqueror or a self-obsessed leader who put his men in harm’s way? A divine figure or a god in his own mind? Join award-winning historian Christopher Bellitto to explore this famously complex figure. Alexander the Great (ca. 356-323 BCE) was a Macedonian general who brought Greek civilization to the edge of modern-day India. After studying…

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Ancient Greece was one of the most fertile civilizations in history, and its influence on Western philosophy, theology, and civilization is undeniable. Now, you can discover the fascinating legacy of ancient Greece through entertaining and enlightening lectures. With Professor Bellitto, you will gain a deeper understanding of what made ancient Greece so unique: its polis and democracy, its great b…

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When we first encounter the words reform and renewal in talking about the Catholic Church, we might think of Vatican II and the idea of aggiornamento—updating. But the history of reform is nearly as old as the Church itself. In this riveting course, you will discover how the Church has revitalized itself while remaining rooted in unchanging truths throughout the millennia. Thoughtful Christians wi…

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John Paul II was truly a pope for the ages. Join celebrated Church historian Christopher M. Bellitto as you embark on a fascinating journey through Saint John Paul II's life and legacy. These lectures take you on a behind-the-scenes look at the pope's life, powerful writings, and ideas of faith, both specifically for Roman Catholicism and the world at large. The first non-Italian pope in hundreds…

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In this fascinating course on the Roman monarchy, republic, and empire, you will explore the essentials of Roman civilization: the creation of a city at the center of world history, its political legacy, its architectural and cultural achievements, its treatment of women and slaves, and its tragic flaws. You will begin by placing ancient Rome in world history by looking at its origins and contexts…

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Few events have affected the course of civilization as profoundly as the Crusades, a centuries-long period of violent conflict and competition between Islam and Christianity. The Crusades brought destruction and violence to the third monotheistic faith of Judaism as well. Resurfacing frequently in present-day political conversations about clashes between faiths and cultures, the troubling legacy o…

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The chronicle of Catholicism can seem daunting, full of names, dates, places, and phrases. To get ahold of such a rich and diverse history requires guidance and a skillful approach. In this brilliant survey course, you’ll explore the interaction between traditions of belief and innovative ways to describe, share, and live that faith. With award-winning historian Dr. Christopher Bellitto as your gu…

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This series traces western European civilization—with detours to the East—from the transformation of the Roman Empire to a thousand-year medieval period that started slowly before 1000, flowered for 300 years, and then declined sharply with the Black Death and social revolts until Constantinople fell in 1453 and Columbus sailed in 1492. Explore Charlemagne’s renaissance, agricultural and commercia…

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"Why are we so fascinated by the reformations? The very word “reformation” is shrouded in conflict, bringing to mind new beginnings, partisan church politics, and the dawn of a modern-world vision. Indeed, when you hear it, you probably think of a single event—Martin Luther posting The Ninety-Five Theses on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1517. The truth, however, is much more nuanced—a…

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