Early Middle Ages
by Yale University
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|1||Course Introduction: Rome’s Greatness and First Crises||--||40:08||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||Course Introduction: Rome’s Greatness and First Crises||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||The Crisis of the Third Century and the Diocletianic Reforms||--||48:37||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||The Crisis of the Third Century and the Diocletianic Reforms||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||Constantine and the Early Church||--||45:17||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||Constantine and the Early Church||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||Constantine and the Conversion of Europe||Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Pomona Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.||--||$7.99||View in iTunes|
|8||The Christian Roman Empire||--||47:55||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||The Christian Roman Empire||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||St. Augustine’s Confessions||--||46:23||Free||View in iTunes|
|11||St. Augustine’s Confessions||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|12||The Confessions of St. Augustine||The young Augustine does, however, catch a passion for the pursuit of Philosophical truth, learning the doctrines of Manicheism, skepticism, and Neoplatonism. This last philosophy will have a profound influence on him-- theConfessions are perhaps the most masterful expression of his intricate fusion of Catholic theology with Neoplatonic ideas. Moving back to Thagaste, then back to Carthage again, and on to Rome and Milan, Augustine continues to wrestle with his doubts about what he has learned and with his budding interest in Catholicism, the faith of his mother, Monica. He also continues to pursue his career as a teacher of rhetoric (an occupation he later frowns upon as the salesmanship of empty words) and his habits of indulgence in sex and other pleasures of the sensual world. Things change in Milan, where Augustine finally decides that Catholicism holds the only real truth. Convinced of this but lacking the will to make the leap into a fully devoted life (including baptism and sexual abstinence), Augustine has a famous conversion experience in his Milan garden and becomes a devoted and chaste Catholic.||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|13||Transformation of the Roman Empire||--||49:21||Free||View in iTunes|
|14||Transformation of the Roman Empire||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|15||Barbarian Kingdoms||--||49:15||Free||View in iTunes|
|16||Barbarian Kingdoms||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|17||Survival in the East||--||47:09||Free||View in iTunes|
|18||Survival in the East||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|19||The Reign of Justinian||--||48:46||Free||View in iTunes|
|20||The Reign of Justinian||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|21||Clovis and the Franks||--||46:54||Free||View in iTunes|
|22||Clovis and the Franks||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|23||Frankish Society||--||50:00||Free||View in iTunes|
|24||Frankish Society||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|25||Britain and Ireland||--||44:14||Free||View in iTunes|
|26||Britain and Ireland||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|27||Monasticism||--||45:49||Free||View in iTunes|
|28||Monasticism||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|29||The Rule of St. Benedict||Modestly described by its author as "a little rule for beginners," this masterpiece of spiritual wisdom was written in the 6th century as a handbook for aspiring monks. Today, it ranks as the preeminent monastic legislative code. Its concise guidance fosters the development of self-discipline, supported by community worship.||--||$3.99||View in iTunes|
|30||Mohammed and the Arab Conquests||--||43:14||Free||View in iTunes|
|31||Mohammed and the Arab Conquests||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|32||Islamic Conquests and Civil War||--||49:44||Free||View in iTunes|
|33||Islamic Conquests and Civil War||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|34||The Splendor of the Abbasid Period||--||44:10||Free||View in iTunes|
|35||The Splendor of the Abbasid Period||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|36||The Crucial Seventh Century||--||45:17||Free||View in iTunes|
|37||The Crucial Seventh Century||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|38||The Splendor of Byzantium||--||48:39||Free||View in iTunes|
|39||The Splendor of Byzantium||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|40||Charlemagne||--||46:14||Free||View in iTunes|
|41||Charlemagne||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|42||Intellectuals and the Court of Charlemagne||--||44:02||Free||View in iTunes|
|43||Intellectuals and the Court of Charlemagne||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|44||The Inheritance of Rome||"The breath  of reading is astounding, the knowledge displayed is awe-inspiring and the attention quietly given to critical theory and the postmodern questioning of evidence is both careful and sincere."--The Daily Telegraph (UK) "A superlative work of historical scholarship."--Literary Review (UK) A unique and enlightening look at Europe's so-called Dark Ages; the second volume in the Penguin History of Europe Defying the conventional Dark Ages view of European history between A.D. 400 and 1000, award-winning historian Chris Wickham presents The Inheritance of Rome, a work of remarkable scope and rigorous yet accessible scholarship. Drawing on a wealth of new material and featuring a thoughtful synthesis of historical and archaeological approaches, Wickham agues that these centuries were critical in the formulation of European identity. From Ireland to Constantinople, the Baltic to the Mediterranean, the narrative constructs a vivid portrait of the vast and varied world of Goths, Franks, Vandals, Arabs, Saxons, and Vikings. Groundbreaking and full of fascinating revelations, The Inheritance of Rome offers a fresh understanding of the crucible in which Europe would ultimately be created. From the Trade Paperback edition.||--||$15.99||View in iTunes|
|45||Crisis of the Carolingians||--||46:02||Free||View in iTunes|
|46||Crisis of the Carolingians||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|47||Vikings / The European Prospect, 1000||--||48:59||Free||View in iTunes|
|48||Vikings / The European Prospect, 1000||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
Prof. Freedman is an iTunes U superstar!
Thank you Yale and Professor Freedman. The course is a joy. Every single lecture is fascinating. He brings wit and a point of view to the material, but in just the right amount to keep it interesting. He brings the historical figures to life and paints the times very well. He leaves his digital students begging for more (including this student).
This isn’t my favorite.
While I did enjoy this series, it was;t my favorite. A lot of that is personal preference. This is not my favorite period of history. Also, the lecturer spends a great deal of time on religious doctrine and conflict. While this is important to the period, he seems to wander off topic on this regard without connecting it back to the larger concerns of political and economic development. A couple of things were just annoying. First, he spends some time discussing the readings in the lecture, even though there are separate discussion sections. This is great for the students, but if you are just listening to the lectures you can get lost if you haven’t done the readings. Also, there were at least a couple of lectures that were duplicated and/or out of order. It is evident when the lecturer says things like “last time we talked about Islamic mathematics” when you listened to no such thing. I was really disappointed that the lecture on Islamic math was skipped, as that is what I was most interested in. I watched that lecture on youtube eventually, but I listen to these lectures in the car and it was very annoying and inconvenient.
I would recommend this course, but bear in mind it was poorly implemented.
I just finished listening to the last lecture and am already looking for more on the subject. Well worth the listen.