Ancient Rome

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Ancient Rome

  • Associate Professor of History, Kean University
12 Lectures (4 DVDs or 5 CDs) Including Electronic Study Guide
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No civilization is so intertwined with the history of Christianity, and the greater Western world, as Rome. Now, you are invited to explore ancient Rome and its impact throughout the centuries.

Join award-winning professor Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., in this fascinating journey through 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 of both senators and emperors, 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 in terms of geography and chronology. You will then explore the overlooked monarchy that ran for over two centuries until it was replaced by a Republic that slowly took over the Mediterranean for 500 years. You will follow Rome as it defeated Carthage in three Punic Wars, facing challengers like Hannibal.

As you journey from the Republic to the Empire to Rome’s eventual “fall,” you will encounter such infamous figures as Julius Caesar, Octavian, Marc Antony, Cleopatra, Caligula, and Nero. You will see how paganism, Judaism, and Christianity interacted, often violently, and how Christianity transformed a stumbling empire. Finally, you will see how Rome fell—or did it simply live to fight another day in another way in medieval Europe?

Discover for yourself the fascinating legacy of Rome.

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Topic Titles
  • Where in World History Is Ancient Rome?
  • A Monarchy, a Republic, an Enemy of Carthage
  • Greco-Roman Religion and Mythology
  • Women and Slaves, Virtue and Vice
  • The Republic Becomes Undone
  • Civil Wars and Julius Caesar’s Solution
  • Augustus Turns a Republic into an Empire
  • Bad Emperors and Good Emperors
  • How to Run an Empire
  • Roman Pagans, Tolerated Jews, Persecuted Christians
  • Christianity’s Triumph Transforms a Stumbling Empire
  • Did Rome Fall?
About Your Presenter

Dr. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., is an award-winning historian and Professor of History at Kean University in New Jersey. He received a Ph.D. in History from Fordham University. He is the author of ten books and the co-editor of six others; his writing has been honored by the American Catholic Historical Association and the Catholic Press Association. A frequent public speaker and media commentator on Church history and contemporary Catholicism, he has appeared on the History and Travel channels, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and other radio and television stations. He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant and is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster.

Dr. Bellitto’s books include Ageless Wisdom: Lifetime Lessons from the Bible (Paulist Press, 2016), 101 Questions and Answers on Popes and the Papacy (Paulist Press, 2008), The Living Church and Church History 101 (Liguori Publications, 2011, 2008), and the companion volumes Renewing Christianity: A History of Church Reform from Day One to Vatican II and The General Councils: A History of the 21 Church Councils from Nicaea to Vatican II (Paulist Press,...

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Spring Survey: April 2017
Presented in a professional manner while understandable to the average adult Review by Anonymous (Posted on 4/10/2017)
Winter Survey: January 2017
Professor Bellito's teaching style and format are just excellent. Witty,relaxed style with the main ideas carefully laid out. Great overviews,peppered through with interesting stories and anecdotes. Review by Mark Salerno,Madison,WI USA (Posted on 1/5/2017)
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