Life lessons from the great myths / the Teaching Company.

Contributor(s): Fears, J. Rufus, 1945-2012 | Teaching CompanyMaterial type: FilmFilmSeries: Great courses (DVD)Philosophy & intellectual history: Publisher: Chantilly, VA : Great Courses (Teaching Co.), ©2011Description: 6 DVDs (approximately 1080 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 inContent type: two-dimensional moving image Media type: video ISBN: 9781598037760; 1598037765Subject(s): Mythology in literature | Mythology, Classical, in literature | Mythology, Greek, in literature | Mythology, Roman, in literature | Literature and society | Literature and society | Mythology, Classical, in literature | Mythology, Greek, in literature | Mythology in literature | Mythology, Roman, in literatureDDC classification: 809/.9337 LOC classification: NX650.M9 | F43 2011809.9337 LIFE
Contents:
Heroes, history and myth -- The myth of Troy -- Homer and mythology -- In search of historical Troy -- Life lessons from the Trojan War. Jason and the golden fleece -- Theseus and the minotaur -- Myth and Athenian drama -- Fate and free will in mythology -- Atlantis, fact or fiction? -- The epic of Gilgamesh -- Gilgamesh and history.
The book of Genesis -- Exodus, the foundation of the Jewish people -- The historical power of biblical stories -- Aeneas, Rome's national hero -- Romulus, the founder of Rome -- Lays of ancient Rome -- Alexander the Great in history -- Alexander the Great in romance -- Beowulf, historical roots and heroic values -- King Arthur, fact or fiction? -- In search of the holy grail -- Vikings in America?
Vergil the magician -- The Battle of Kosovo -- Julius Caesar in history -- Napoleon and the mantle of Caesar -- Arminius and German mythology -- Teuton versus Roman. Davy Crockett and the myth of the frontier -- The Alamo -- Jesse James and the myth of the outlaw -- General Custer, hero or villian? -- Reagan, Hollywood, and American ideals -- Mythology as a path to wisdom.
Production credits: Director not given.Lecturer, Professor J. Rufus Fears, University of Oklahoma.Summary: A series of lectures delivered by Professor J. Rufus Fears of the University of Oklahoma in which he explores the world's greatest myths. Beginning with the Trojan War and the Illiad and moving through the Bronze age in the Mediterranean with Theseus and Oedipus, Mesopotamia and Gilgamesh, the three great religions from the Middle East, the Roman Empire in the Aeneid, Romulus and Remus and Augustus, Alexander the Great, the British Isles, Beowulf and King Arthur, Julius Caesar and Napoleon, ultimately crossing the Atlantic to consider the myths of America created from the oldest legends of humankind.
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Course No. 3870.

Thirty-six lectures (ca. 30 minutes each).

Disc 1: lecture 1. Heroes, history and myth -- lecture 2. The myth of Troy -- lecture 3. Homer and mythology -- lecture 4. In search of historical Troy -- lecture 5. Life lessons from the Trojan War. Disc 2. lecture 6. Jason and the golden fleece -- lecture 7. Theseus and the minotaur -- lecture 8. Myth and Athenian drama -- lecture 9. Fate and free will in mythology -- lecture 10. Atlantis, fact or fiction? -- lecture 11. The epic of Gilgamesh -- lecture 12. Gilgamesh and history.

Disc 3. lecture 13. The book of Genesis -- lecture 14. Exodus, the foundation of the Jewish people -- lecture 15. The historical power of biblical stories -- lecture 16. Aeneas, Rome's national hero -- lecture 17. Romulus, the founder of Rome -- lecture 18. Lays of ancient Rome -- Disc 4. lecture 19. Alexander the Great in history -- lecture 20. Alexander the Great in romance -- lecture 21. Beowulf, historical roots and heroic values -- lecture 22. King Arthur, fact or fiction? -- lecture 23. In search of the holy grail -- lecture 24. Vikings in America?

Disc 5. lecture 25. Vergil the magician -- lecture 26. The Battle of Kosovo -- lecture 27. Julius Caesar in history -- lecture 28. Napoleon and the mantle of Caesar -- lecture 29. Arminius and German mythology -- lecture 30. Teuton versus Roman. Disc 6. -- lecture 31. Davy Crockett and the myth of the frontier -- lecture 32. The Alamo -- lecture 33. Jesse James and the myth of the outlaw -- lecture 34. General Custer, hero or villian? -- lecture 35. Reagan, Hollywood, and American ideals -- lecture 36. Mythology as a path to wisdom.

Director not given.

Lecturer, Professor J. Rufus Fears, University of Oklahoma.

A series of lectures delivered by Professor J. Rufus Fears of the University of Oklahoma in which he explores the world's greatest myths. Beginning with the Trojan War and the Illiad and moving through the Bronze age in the Mediterranean with Theseus and Oedipus, Mesopotamia and Gilgamesh, the three great religions from the Middle East, the Roman Empire in the Aeneid, Romulus and Remus and Augustus, Alexander the Great, the British Isles, Beowulf and King Arthur, Julius Caesar and Napoleon, ultimately crossing the Atlantic to consider the myths of America created from the oldest legends of humankind.

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