- Civilization as Presented in The Epic of Gilgamesh
Mesopotamia was centered between the Tigris and the Euphrates and contained both benefits and challenges for the inhabitants. The fruitfulness of the land largely depended on their ability to collaborate with one another for the common good.
- Hesiod’s Theogony and the Greek Polis
In this second lecture, we discuss Hesiod’s Theogony and the Greek culture that gave Western Civilization the phenomenon of a self-governing city-state – a polis.
- Rome: The Imperial Ruler of the Western World
In this third lecture, we turn our attention to a little village on Seven Hills which will come to be the imperial ruler of the western world: Rome.
- Israel and Divine Revelation
The Israelites' influence on Western Civilization is not due to their genius, but rather because they were a people chosen by God to receive and proclaim His Divine Revelation.
- Messianic Prophesies and God’s Overarching Plan of Salvation
As we continue to delve into the heart of Israel, we will take a closer look at some of the Hebrew texts that foretell the coming of the Messiah.
- Virgil’s Aeneid and Roman Piety
In this lecture, we return to the Romans, to the insufficiency of their piety, and to their great epic, the Aeneid.
- The Wisdom of Jesus’ Teaching
After having studied various messianic texts and the Greek and Roman epics, we turn now to what everything thus far has been pointing to: the Messiah Himself, Jesus.
- The Confessions of St. Augustine
For this last lecture, we will look at how Jesus changed the life of one man, St. Augustine of Hippo, by examining his Confessions.
MEET YOUR PROFESSOR
Dr. Anthony Esolen is a writer, social commentator, translator of classical poetry, and Writer-in-Residence at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts. He taught at Furman University and Providence College before transferring to the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in 2017 and Magdalen in 2019.
Dr. Esolen has translated into English Dante’s Divine Comedy, Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things, and Torquato Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered. He is the author of numerous books and articles in such publications as The Modern Age, The Catholic World Report, Chronicles, The Claremont Review of Books, The Public Discourse, First Things, Crisis Magazine, The Catholic Thing, and Touchstone, for which he serves as a senior editor. He is a regular contributor to Magnificat, and has written frequently for a host of other online journals.
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