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In the Footsteps of Buddha - The Path to Buddha’s Enlightenment
A journey across India walking in the same path that lead to Buddha's enlightenment. Siddhartha Guatama lived 2500 years ago in an ancient land called Maghada, known today as Bihar, the poorest state in India. He was born in Lumbini…
Augustine: A Voice for all Generations
Augustine of Hippo (354-430) is one of the greatest theologians of the Christian Church. His works, including The City of God, On the Trinity, and Confessions, have had an inestimable impact on the Church and, by extension, on Western Civilization…
Europe on the Brink of the Black Death
Episode 1 of The Black Death
Begin to contemplate the enormity of the Black Death's impact on the medieval world. As context for the harrowing events to come, take account of the state of medieval society on the eve of the plague. In particular, investigate the…
Ireland The Celtic Way
Ireland The Celtic Way is a cinematically rich exploration of the land and legends of the emerald isle: Eire Land. Discover surprising indo-European origins, brave history, vivid imagination, and deep spirituality while exploring elves, fairies, and the role of imagination.…
Dante - The Life and Work of Dante Alighieri
Most notable for his vast poem, The Divine Comedy, Dante's work continues to resonate with audiences today. Filmmaker Malcolm Hossick uncovers the Italian poet's background and his influential work from the Renaissance period.
This Changed Everything - Episode 1 - Commemorating 500 Years of the Reformation
Part of the Series: This Changed Everything
Meet Martin Luther and Huldrych Zwingli. These two reformers shared much in common but their differences would lead to a legacy of Christian discord that continues into the present day.
Taoism: A Question of Balance-China
Part of the Series: The Long Search
In our search for Chinese religious experience, we go to Taiwan. A whole pantheon of gods both local and imported from the mainland are worshipped in thousands of Buddhist and Taoist temples. Several strands make up the religious life of…
Ramesses II: Heartbeat of History
Episode 1 of Living History
What do we mean by "living history"? Take an imaginative leap into the ancient world and discover the moment-by-moment heartbeat of history. Your first stop is the Battle of Kadesh, the Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II's all-but-disastrous campaign against the Hittites.…
Introduction
Part of the Series: The History of Ancient Egypt
What makes ancient Egypt so interesting? How do we know what we know about it? What can you, as a student, expect from these lectures?
Buddhism: The Buddhism: The Land of the Disappearing Buddha-Japan
Part of the Series: The Long Search
If the Buddha of India met the Buddha of Japan, would they recognize each other? To find out, this program talks to the staff in a Tokyo restaurant who keep regular Zen meditation schedules as part of their job, then…
This Changed Everything - Episode 2 - Commemorating 500 Years of the Reformation
Part of the Series: This Changed Everything
The second episode in this series explores how the Protestant Reformation continued to spread quickly across Europe. Protestantism continued to splinter as radical reformers championed their own ideas leading to their bloody persecution by Protestants and Catholics alike. At Trent,…
The Maya, Aztecs, and Mesoamerica
Part of the Series: Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed
Survey the geography, cultures, and time span covered in these 48 lectures. Dr. Barnhart discusses the organization of the course and key concepts. Then he takes you on a whirlwind tour of important places, civilizations, and events in Mesoamerica.
Earliest History of the Indian Subcontinent
Episode 1 of A History of India
Begin your study millions of years ago, when plate tectonics shaped the subcontinent's mountains, plateaus, and river systems, which in turn have affected the region's weather, agriculture, and cultural diversity. Review South Asia's four macro-regions and see how geography has…
What Is Writing?
Episode 1 of Writing and Civilization
It has been said that writing exists only in a civilization and a civilization cannot exist without writing, but is that accurate? Consider the validity of this statement and examine several of the critical functions that writing has served during…
From Britannia to Britain
Episode 1 of Story of Medieval England
A discussion of how the geography of Britain has shaped political events over the centuries introduces you to the significance of English history between the 5th-century fall of the Roman Empire and the 1485 advent of the Tudor Dynasty.
Women's Power - Female Leadership Around the World
This educational documentary offers a panoramic view of female leadership, creativity, wisdom, and courage around the world and over thousands of years. WOMEN'S POWER looks at female spheres of power in politics, economics, religion, medicine, arts, and letters, featuring a…
Prehistoric Egypt
Part of the Series: The History of Ancient Egypt
In this lesson, we will see just how old "old" is. The basic divisions of prehistory will be discussed, and each category will be defined and its specific characteristics delineated. Once these categories are clear, we will discuss the difficulties…
South America's Lost Cradle of Civilization
Episode 1 of Lost Worlds of South America Course
Consider the remarkable evidence for South America as one of the true wellsprings of human civilization. Grasp the diversity of early South American cultures, from the Andean civilizations to the desert and Amazon regions; what these cultures shared; and their…
The Origins of King Arthur
Episode 1 of King Arthur: History and Legend Series
First, consider images of the Arthurian legend familiar in Western culture, and their relationship to historical reality. Trace the history of post-Roman Britain, the large-scale invasions of the Anglo-Saxons, and evidence that a single, extraordinary individual rose from the chaos…
Song of the Basques - A Poetic Exploration of the Survival of Indigenous Identity in Spain
Their origins are unknown, their language one of the world's most ancient. They established one of the first democracies and led Europe's Age of Exploration, fueled the industrial revolution and then established Spain's first labor unions. Today they are the…