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Professor Thomas F. X. Noble, Ph.D.

Professor Thomas F. X. Noble
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Michigan State University
One great scholar said that history was a process of challenge and response. Surely we must ask what challenges remain.

Dr. Thomas F. X. Noble is Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his B.A. in History from Ohio University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval History from Michigan State University. Professor Noble has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and research grants from the American Philosophical Society. In 2008 he received the Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Teaching from Notre Dame. In 1999 he was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Professor Award and a David Harrison III Award for outstanding undergraduate advising, both from the University of Virginia. Professor Noble is the author, coauthor, or editor of 10 books and has published more than 40 articles, chapters, and essays. His coauthored textbook, Western Civilization: The Continuing Experiment, is in its 5th edition. His research has concentrated on late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, focusing on the history of the city of Rome, the history of the papacy, and the age of Charlemagne.

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  1. Foundations of Western Civilization

    Foundations of Western Civilization

    Thomas F. X. Noble
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    You can discover the essential nature, evolution, and perceptions of Western civilization from its humble beginnings in the great river valleys of Iraq and Egypt to the dawn of the modern world. This broad, sweeping series helps you cover an enormous amount of historical material as you see how Western civilization evolved. Concentrating on the period 3000 B.C. to A.D. 1600, Professor Thomas F. X. Noble unfolds for...
  2. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  3. Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation

    Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation

    Thomas F. X. Noble
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Explore the five momentous centuries that link the Classical and Modern worlds in Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation. This 36-lecture course, taught by distinguished medieval historian Professor Thomas F. X. Noble, shows you how the fall of the Roman Empire gave rise to three great civilizations: Medieval Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamic Caliphate. You explore many features of the period between...
  4. Popes and the Papacy: A History

    Popes and the Papacy: A History

    Thomas F. X. Noble
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    This course is designed to illuminate for both Catholics and non-Catholics the remarkable institution known as the "Petrine Office." It is taught by Professor Thomas F. X. Noble, director of the Medieval Institute and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame—who has spent more than 30 years immersed in the subject. The insights and wisdom he has gathered along the way make Popes and the Papacy: A...
  5. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.95 Starting at $399.95 $749.95 $399.95$749.95
    From Mesopotamia to Mississippi, from the anonymous writer of the Epic of Gilgamesh to William Faulkner, writing 3,600 years later, many of the greatest figures of Western culture have been its writers. This course is your guide to a rich sampling of their masterpieces, chosen, explained, and analyzed by five outstanding professors. In addition to novelists, poets, and dramatists, you will study historians,...
  6. (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul  & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  7. (Set)  The Other Side of History & Foundations of Western Civ Set

    (Set) The Other Side of History & Foundations of Western Civ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
  8. (Set) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition & Classics of British Literature  Set

    (Set) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition & Classics of British Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.90 Starting at $649.90 $1,269.90 $649.90$1,269.90
    Comb through the powerful and enduring works by some of the most brilliant writers in history with this two-course set. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition spans 30 centuries of the finest literature ever written and covers almost five dozen timeless works, from the epics and dramas of the ancient Hebrews and Greeks to the prose fiction of the 20th century. Classics of British Literature is...
  9. (Set)  A History of European Art & Foundations of Western Civ Set

    (Set) A History of European Art & Foundations of Western Civ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
  10. (Set) History of the Ancient World & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) History of the Ancient World & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Learn powerful, enduring lessons from the past with these two courses that offer insights into the history of the ancient world and one of Western civilization's greatest faiths. In History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective, examine the ancient world's greatest civilizations in the full context of where they came from, the cultures that flourished around them at the same time, and the civilizations that...
  11. Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi Set

    Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,269.65 Starting at $1,269.65 $2,579.65 $1,269.65$2,579.65
    The wonders of the distant past come to life in this engaging seven-course set taught by award-winning historians who excel in re-creating long-gone civilizations. Discover the essential nature, evolution, and perceptions of early Western civilization with The Foundations of Western Civilization. Then, survey the captivating stories of three grand ancient empires with The History of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greek...
  12. (Set) History of Ancient Rome; Famous Romans; Emperors of Rome & Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation  Set

    (Set) History of Ancient Rome; Famous Romans; Emperors of Rome & Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $779.80 Starting at $779.80 $1,524.80 $779.80$1,524.80
    In these four courses taught by expert historians, get an in-depth look at fascinating aspects of ancient Rome: one of the greatest civilizations in the history of the world. The History of Ancient Rome is a richly detailed examination of the broad scope and intimate details of ancient Roman history. Famous Romans recalls the lives of the remarkable individuals—statesmen, thinkers, warriors, writers, and...
  13. (Set) History of World Literature & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) History of World Literature & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.90 Starting at $649.90 $1,269.90 $649.90$1,269.90
    Sample brilliant literary masterpieces from around the world in The History of World Literature, which covers such vibrant works as The Epic of Gilgamesh and Things Fall Apart. Then, survey the lives and works of Western literature's masterful writers—including Homer, Shakespeare, and Virginia Woolf—in Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition.
  14. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,144.90 $549.90$1,144.90
    Explore a span of thousands of years during which ancient, medieval, and modern thinkers formulated thoughtful answers to universal questions about truth, justice, values, conduct, and other concerns of humanity, as you also see how Western civilization evolved during approximately the same period and what made it distinctive, in this comprehensive course set. In Professor Daniel N. Robinson's The Great Ideas of...
  15. (Set) History of Christian Theology; Popes and the Papacy: A History & Story of the Bible  Set

    (Set) History of Christian Theology; Popes and the Papacy: A History & Story of the Bible

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $459.85 Starting at $459.85 $884.85 $459.85$884.85
    Enrich your understanding of Christianity in this thought-provoking, three-course set. In The History of Christian Theology, investigate the numerous responses that Christian believers, scholars, and theologians have developed over the last 2,000 years to questions about the faith. Popes and the Papacy: A History is designed to illuminate the inner workings of a remarkable religious institution that has had an...
  16. (Set) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature; & Western Literary Canon in Context  Set

    (Set) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature; & Western Literary Canon in Context

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.85 Starting at $799.85 $1,499.85 $799.85$1,499.85
  17. (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & History of Ancient Rome  Set

    (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Investigate the amazing breadth and depth of ancient history. The Foundations of Western Civilization covers roughly four millennia of human history, revealing the people, places, ideas, and events that laid the groundwork for the modern Western world. The History of Ancient Rome explores the civilization's famous personalities and events, as well as the deeper sources of its continuing influence.
  18. (Set) Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation & World of Byzantium  Set

    (Set) Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation & World of Byzantium

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    The mysteries and wonders of an important—but often overlooked—age in human history are finally revealed. In Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation, explore how the fall of the Roman Empire gave birth to Medieval Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamic Calipahte. In World of Byzantium, delve even deeper into the cultural riches of the Byzantine Empire and get a panoramic view of a civilization...
  19. (Set) Late Antiquity & Greece and Rome: An Integrated History  Set

    (Set) Late Antiquity & Greece and Rome: An Integrated History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Join two compelling historians and professors as they guide you through two transformative periods in the history of the Roman Empire. Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation shows you how the fall of the Roman Empire gave rise to three great civilizations that would forever change the course of history: medieval Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamic caliphate. Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the...
  20. (Set)  Foundations of Western Civilization & New Testament Set

    (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  21. (Set) Classics of American Literature & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Classics of American Literature & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.90 Starting at $799.90 $1,499.90 $799.90$1,499.90
    Now is your chance to discover more insights about the literature that has defined our lives. Study the classic stories and poems that illustrate our great nation's character in Classics of American Literature. Then, meet more than 60 of Western civilization's greatest authors and unpack their unforgettable works in Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition.
  22. (Set) A Brief History of the World & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) A Brief History of the World & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  23. (Set) The World Was Never the Same: Events that Changed History & Foundations of Western Civilization Set

    (Set) The World Was Never the Same: Events that Changed History & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  24. (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & Ancient Greek Civilization  Set

    (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & Ancient Greek Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
    Travel back in time and explore the moments and events that laid the groundwork for Western civilization with this historically rich two-course set. First, explore the humble beginnings of human civilization from the earliest cultures in the great river valleys of the Middle East up to the revolutionary moments that paved the way for the modern world with The Foundations of Western Civilization. Then, explore...
  25. Experiencing Rome: A Visual Ex Set

    Experiencing Rome: A Visual Ex

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$749.90
    Travel back in time to witness the visual marvels of the ancient Roman world and the unique cultures that came after its fall in this stunning course set. Experiencing Rome: A Visual Exploration of Antiquity's Greatest Empire examines how Rome connected with its citizens through a range of spectacles and shared experiences, including extravagant public displays, architecture, engineering, and more. Late Antiquity:...
  26. (Set) Classic Novels & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition  Set

    (Set) Classic Novels & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    Explore literature's most iconic writers and their unforgettable masterpieces. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition surveys the lives and works of over 70 of Western literature's masterful writers, including Homer, Shakespeare, and Virginia Woolf. Then, investigate the dazzling, surprising, and deeply moving worlds revealed through great works such as Moby-Dick, The Brothers Karamazov, and As...
  27. (Set)  Foundations of Western Civilization & Old Testament Set

    (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & Old Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  28. (Set) Building Great Sentences & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition  Set

    (Set) Building Great Sentences & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
    Learn how great sentences are crafted and sample how the West's greatest writers used them to create timeless literary treasures with this enlightening two-course set. First, investigate the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write great sentences in Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft. Then, learn how authors from Homer to St. Augustine to Dickens to Faulkner employed powerful writing in...
  29. (Set) The Catholic Church: A History & Popes and the Papacy: A History  Set

    (Set) The Catholic Church: A History & Popes and the Papacy: A History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Explore the vast and fascinating history of one of the most influential spiritual institutions in the world with this two-course set taught by award-winning professors. In The Catholic Church: A History, follow the development of this powerful religious force throughout the centuries and witness its ability to move armies, inspire saints, and shape the lives and spirits of its more than 1 billion members. Then,...
  30. (Set) Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations; Foundations of Western Civilization; & Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World  Set

    (Set) Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations; Foundations of Western Civilization; & Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $699.85 Starting at $699.85 $1,414.85 $699.85$1,414.85
    From before recorded history to the dawn of the modern world, discover the essential nature, evolution, and perceptions of human and Western civilization. Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations explores how the ensuing populations formed settlements and cultures, developed agriculture and herding, interacted, and populated the globe. Both The Foundations of Western Civilization and Foundations of Western...