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  • The Rise of Rome
    Course  |  The Rise of Rome

    Professor Gregory S. Aldrete, Ph.D.

    Available Formats: Video Download, Audio Download, DVD, CD

    The Rise of Rome offers you the chance to find out what made this state so powerful—and offers insight into why the republic cast such a long shadow over Western civilization. Over 24 captivating lectures, Professor Gregory S. Aldrete of the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay tells the story of Rome’s astonishing rise, from its modest beginnings to its stunning triumph over the Mediterranean to the republic’s dramatic collapse.

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    24 Lectures  |  The Rise of Rome
    Lecture Titles (24)
    • 1
      The City on the Tiber
      Begin with a simple question: “How did Rome become so powerful?” This core theme will run through much of this course. Here, Professor Aldrete considers the role of the city’s geography and the republic’s unique political structure, both of which allowed Rome to flourish. x
    • 2
      The Monarchy and the Etruscans
      The rise of Rome begins with a monarchy, though much of the city's early years are shrouded in mystery. Unpack some of the key myths, including the epic of Aeneas and the story of Romulus and Remus, to gain insight into the city's founding. Then reflect on neighboring civilizations such as the Etruscans. x
    • 3
      Roman Values and Heroes
      Tales and literature from early Rome give us only partial insight into factual history, but they give us great insight into Roman values—what the Romans themselves identified as qualities of ideal citizens. Examine how a few Roman heroes, like Mucius, Horatius, Lucretia, and others embody values of courage, resourcefulness, determination, and more. x
    • 4
      The Early Republic and Rural Life
      Witness the transition from the monarchy to the republic—a new era of government that would carry the city through half a millennium. Wade through the mythology and propaganda, as well as Roman historical sources such as the author Livy, to reconstruct how the transition happened, and what the new republic looked like. x
    • 5
      The Constitution of the Roman Republic
      One of the most lasting facets of the Roman Republic is its constitution, which inspired America’s founding fathers, among others. Continue your exploration of the early republic with a look at its system of government and its different classes of people—citizens and noncitizens, patricians and plebeians, senators, soldiers, and more. x
    • 6
      The Unification of the Italian Peninsula
      What distinguished Rome from neighboring city-states was the republic’s dogged persistence in matters of war. Watch as the Romans conquered neighboring territories to gain control of the entire Italian peninsula—and witness defeats against the Gauls to the north and the Greeks to the east. See how the Romans treated those it conquered. x
    • 7
      Roman Religion: Sacrifice, Augury, and Magic
      Most of us are familiar with some of the gods in the Roman pantheon, which included the likes of Jupiter and Mars, but one of the most fascinating aspects of Roman religion was the way it integrated elements from other cultures. Survey Roman religion as well as its institutions and personages such as the Pontifex Maximus and the vestal virgins. x
    • 8
      The First Punic War: A War at Sea
      The First Punic War is the longest continuous war in Greek and Roman history. Here, delve into the third century B.C.E., when Carthage commanded sea travel throughout the Mediterranean and the Roman Republic was looking to advance beyond the Italian Peninsula. Trace the first war against Carthage. x
    • 9
      The Second Punic War: Rome versus Hannibal
      Although the First Punic War was a major victory, the Second Punic War was, in Professor Aldrete’s words, “the crucible in which the Roman Empire was forged.” Encounter the brilliance of Hannibal, learn the strategy and impact of the infamous Battle of Cannae, and see how Roman leaders combatted and eventually defeated him. x
    • 10
      Rome Conquers Greece
      Although the Romans had seen great military and political victory, they were still provincial in many ways until they conquered the Greeks. At that point, Greek civilization entered and began to influence the Romans in unexpected ways. But, as you'll learn in this lecture, the Roman expansion beyond Italy may have been something of an accident. x
    • 11
      The Consequences of Roman Imperialism
      Roman imperialism gave the republic great and far-flung territory, but it left many of its people wanting. Soldiers entered the military expecting riches and glory, only to come home penniless. Meanwhile, conquered people were far from happy. Review how the Romans administered their growing territory—and its effect on those in the home city. x
    • 12
      Roman Slavery: Cruelty and Opportunity
      Rome is one of only a few civilizations throughout history to be a true slave state. Here, learn where Roman slaves came from and find out about the nature of their servitude—including what daily life was like for many slaves. Then look at ways slaves could buy or earn freedom, and what life was like for freed slaves. x
    • 13
      Roman Women and Marriage
      Because Rome was such a patriarchal society, we have few historical records from women's points of view. Nevertheless, historians have been able to deduce much about what life was like for Roman women. Life varied greatly between rich and poor, but women throughout the society were expected to marry and live sheltered lives. x
    • 14
      Roman Children, Education, and Timekeeping
      Continue your study of ordinary Romans—this time with a look at the life of children, which could be quite brutal by today’s standards. Learn about their toys and games, and then turn to the system of education. Finally, take a look at the Roman system of timekeeping, which organized the days, months, and years. x
    • 15
      Food, Housing, and Employment in Rome
      Food, shelter, and a livelihood are three of the most basic needs for people everywhere. In this lecture, Professor Aldrete surveys what Romans ate, where they lived, what their homes were like, and what they did for a living. While the upper classes did not work, farming and skilled trades were important jobs throughout the republic. x
    • 16
      The Gracchi Attempt Reform
      By 133 B.C.E., Roman society was beginning to unravel. Veterans who had lost their fortunes in war, farmers who had lost their land, and neighboring citizens who had been conquered were all disgruntled. Meanwhile, factionalism was starting to emerge within the Roman government. See how these tensions began to wear away at the republic and how an attempted reform came not from the disenfranchised, but from one of the most privileged Roman families. x
    • 17
      Gaius Marius the Novus Homo
      The late Roman republic was characterized by feuding aristocrats vying for power within the government. Meet Gaius Marius, an Italian warlord who went against the conventional mores and was elected 7 times as a consul. Follow his military exploits in Northern Africa and his rise to power within the republic. x
    • 18
      Sulla the Dictator and the Social War
      Cracks continued to appear in Roman civilization, as the Social War broke out over citizenship and leaders continued to vie for power. Among these leaders was Lucius Cornelius Sulla, who used his military laurels to march into Rome and set himself up as a temporary dictator. x
    • 19
      The Era of Pompey the Great
      Continue your survey of late republic military leaders. In this lecture, you'll find out about the life of Pompey the Great, who achieved fame and glory as a young man with ambitions as large as Alexander the Great's. Trace the events of the first century B.C.E., including the slave revolt of Spartacus. x
    • 20
      The Rise of Julius Caesar
      The beginning of the end of the Roman Republic starts with the rise of Julius Caesar. After setting the stage with Caesar's early career, Professor Aldrete explores the dramatic events that led to Caesar's election to the senate as well as his legislative and military victories. Tensions within Roman leadership were high. x
    • 21
      Civil War and the Assassination of Caesar
      The late republic tensions reached a conflagration the moment Caesar crossed the Rubicon River and led his army toward Rome. Follow the end of his astonishing career, from his exploits in Spain to his war with Egypt to his eventual assassination. Meet Mark Antony and the other conspirators. x
    • 22
      Cicero and the Art of Roman Oratory
      Before witnessing the denouement of the Roman Republic, pause for a moment to reflect on Roman oratory—an art best practiced by the senator and writer Cicero. Cicero’s insights into rhetorical strategy and human nature continue to influence us today—and in his day allowed him to play the role of peacekeeper after Caesar’s murder. x
    • 23
      Octavian, Antony, and Cleopatra
      Following Caesar's assassination, there was a power vacuum in Rome. Caesar's heir Octavian eventually took power, while Caesar's general Mark Antony fled to his lover, Cleopatra. Trace the events from Octavian's rise to Rome's war with Egypt and the suicides of Mark Antony and Cleopatra. x
    • 24
      Why the Roman Republic Collapsed
      The course opened with a simple question: “How did Rome become so powerful?” It closes with an equally simple—if equally unanswerable—question: “Why did the Roman Republic collapse?” In this final lecture, Professor Aldrete offers several leading theories, including the possibility that the republic was a victim of its own success. x
  • How to Build Your Own Cabinets: Techniques and Projects

    Instructor George Vondriska, Woodworking Expert

    Available Formats: Video Download, DVD

    Elevate your woodworking skills with the 11 lessons on How to Build Your Own Cabinets: Techniques and Projects, in which master woodworker George Vondriska gives you step-by-step methods for building cabinets, bookshelves, dressers, and more.

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    11 Lectures  |  How to Build Your Own Cabinets: Techniques and Projects
    Lecture Titles (11)
    • 1
      Essential Woodworking Techniques for Cabinetmaking
      Great cabinetmaking starts with mastering essential techniques that will simplify the cabinetmaking process. Once you master these simple concepts—how to use the Golden proportion for classic furniture design, the right way to rough-cut sheet goods, why it’s better to sand components before you assemble them, strategies for measuring and cutting door frames, and tips for using the most common tools involved in cabinetmaking—you’ll be able to tackle the large variety of projects in the lessons ahead. x
    • 2
      Cabinetmaking: The Next Level
      Take your cabinetmaking to the next level with this informative and insightful lesson filled with great tips and tricks for your workshop. Among the many helpful pointers you'll learn are: how to cut melamine to size while avoiding chipping the surface; how to build a toe kick into your cabinet; how to easily remove saw marks from your stock using a surface planer; how to install shelf standards the right way (using a hand-held screwdriver); and how to ensure you have square corners when assembling your cabinets. x
    • 3
      Kitchen Cabinet Construction, Part 1
      A lot of woodworkers are keen on making their own kitchen cabinets. It increases the beauty of a kitchen—and the value of a home. In the first of two lessons on kitchen cabinet construction, focus on the process of creating cabinets, from dimensioning to cutting to laying out your pieces. Mr. Vondriska explains the jargon of building cabinets, shows you how to use optimization software to organize all your parts and dimensions, demonstrates how to effectively and accurately cut sheet stock to size, and teaches you how to assemble a cabinet carcase using staples, screws, and butt joints. x
    • 4
      Kitchen Cabinet Construction, Part 2
      In this second lesson on kitchen cabinet construction, Mr. Vondriska helps you wrap up your kitchen cabinets with face frames, drawers, and doors, as well as expert tips on pre-finishing your entire project. How do you build doors with European-style hinges? What's the best way for cutting face frame parts? How do you build a countertop that's longer than a single sheet of material? What's a quick workaround for gluing on a face frame accurately? What's a great way for building rock-solid kitchen cabinet drawers? x
    • 5
      Methods for Making Cabinet Doors
      Cabinet doors can be intimidating for some woodworkers. But they don't have to be when you use Mr. Vondriska's accessible and flexible methods. As you explore techniques to find what works best for you and your shop, you'll explore ways to make raised panels, discover a cool technique for cove cutting doors on the table saw, determine the right material for your cabinet door, practice making an arched rail using patterns, and create rabbets for glass panel doors. x
    • 6
      Build a Quality Drawer: Dovetails & Drawer Locks
      Drawers are absolutely integral to any fully functioning cabinet. Which is why if you want to make cabinets the right way, you need to learn how to master building a quality drawer. Mr. Vondriska takes you through some of his favorite shop-tested techniques for making sure that when you build a drawer, it's going to stand the test of time. Some of the many topics you'll explore in this lesson include half-blind dovetails, through dovetails, and several ways to make drawer lock joints using a table saw or router table. The ultimate goal: to give you an arsenal of tools so that when you're working on your next set of drawers, you have the confidence you need to make sure everything comes together the way it should. x
    • 7
      Dresser Essentials
      Dressers are a great example of carcase and face frame construction, allowing you to use what you’ve learned about cabinetmaking to craft a beautiful piece of custom furniture. With the case built, you’ll start on drawer construction, learning to size the drawer boxes to create graduated drawer sizes—large drawers on the bottom and small on the top. You’ll also learn to assemble the drawers using a rock-solid drawer lock joint. x
    • 8
      Safety Gear Cabinet & Cordless Drill Organizer
      Stay organized in your shop with these two fun projects designed to make some of your most commonly used gear and tools easy to find. First, you'll build a simple cabinet for storing items such as protective goggles and ear plugs. It's a project that's a great way to hone your ability to make half-lap joints and prep a door for glass. Then, you'll craft a wall-mounted drill organizer for storing everything from batteries to chargers to drill bits. Some woodworking projects are about form; these are about function. x
    • 9
      Swiveling Bookcase
      Take a turn practicing your woodworking skills on a neat project that's perfect to put in a child's room or anywhere where space is at a premium. Your project: a six-foot bookcase with adjustable shelves that's made more accessible by swiveling and offering additional room for things like coat racks and whiteboards. Mr. Vondriska shows you how to work with lazy Susan mechanisms, apply banding to plywood, cut biscuit slots, create adjustable shelf holes, and use other woodworking tools and techniques. x
    • 10
      Cherry Bookcase
      Who doesn't need more bookcases in their home? Here, Mr. Vondriska shows you how to build a beautiful, elegant bookcase from cherry. A simple dentil molding and arched base adds amazing detail to a piece of woodworking you'll be proud to show off anywhere. Then, Mr. Vondriska continues on to several other woodworking projects, some of which offer creative ways to use up some of the scrap wood you've been hoarding: a removable pizza cutter handle, a wine bottle stopper, and sawhorses with stools for extra workspace in your shop. x
    • 11
      Shop-Made First Aid Cabinet
      If you have a shop, then you need a first aid kit readily accessible. But don’t settle for an ugly metal first aid cabinet when you can make something on your own, right in your own shop. In this lesson, Mr. Vondriska walks you through the process of building a small-scale case for your first aid essentials that features dovetailed joints, small raised door panels, touch-latches, a lower panel that acts as a work surface, and more. This project is a great way to stay safe in your shop—while showing off your woodworking skills. x
  • The Mayo Clinic Diet: The Healthy Approach to Weight Loss

    Professor Donald D. Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H.

    Available Formats: Video Download, DVD

    In The Mayo Clinic Diet: The Healthy Approach to Weight Loss, Donald D. Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H., shares a straightforward weight-loss plan with endless food possibilities. You’ll learn about setting your caloric goals, food prep short-cuts, and developing a physical activity plan, as well as how your thoughts and emotions affect your weight loss. This diet was developed with only one goal in mind—to help you feel better and become healthier by following a program that fits comfortably into your real life.

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    12 Lectures  |  The Mayo Clinic Diet: The Healthy Approach to Weight Loss
    Lecture Titles (12)
    • 1
      The Science of Weight and Weight Loss
      With more than two-thirds of U.S. adults either overweight or obese, weight is clearly a national health concern. But how important is it for you to lose weight? Learn how your body-mass index, waist circumference, and medical history each impact your health. You'll be surprised to learn which factors are most important and why. x
    • 2
      Getting Ready for The Mayo Clinic Diet
      Learn how to prepare your kitchen and what other tools you’ll need to begin Lose It!—the two-week jump-start phase of The Mayo Clinic Diet. But first, take this quiz to answer a fundamental question: Is this the right time for you to start a weight-loss program? Or are there other underlying issues to be addressed first? x
    • 3
      Starting Your Diet: The Lose It! Phase
      Learn the five specific habits to add to your daily routine for the first two weeks of the program, the five habits to remove, and the bonus habits that will give your weight-loss journey the best possible jump-start. These changes are designed to bump you out of your comfort zone and head you in a different, healthier direction—but in ways that are both doable and nutritionally sound. x
    • 4
      Assessing Your Weight-Loss Progress
      If you couldn’t follow every detail of the Lose It! program for the full two weeks, don’t worry. Chances are you did change some habits, and that is the beginning of success. Going forward, you can give yourself a bit of leeway on some habits—but others are too fundamental to your weight-loss success to be negotiable. x
    • 5
      Maintaining Your Program: The Live It! Phase
      As you move into the long-term Live It! portion of the Mayo Clinic Diet, you’ll learn how to realistically set your personal outcome and performance goals, as well as your daily caloric intake. With The Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid as your guide, you’ll see that no foods are completely off limits as long as you understand the crucial difference between serving size and portion size. x
    • 6
      Tracking Your Weight-Loss Progress
      While you can use any method that’s convenient for you to track your daily food intake and activity—from pencil and paper to smartphone apps—the tracking itself is crucial for success as you begin the long-term portion of The Mayo Clinic Diet. Learn exactly what and when to track for maximum efficacy. But tracking your weight? That’s a more personal matter. x
    • 7
      Adapting The Mayo Clinic Diet
      The Mayo Clinic Diet is an adaptable plan that can work whether you're in your home kitchen or out on the road. If you usually follow a vegetarian, vegan, Mediterranean, or DASH diet (for hypertension), no problem. These and other eating plans fit well within the framework of The Mayo Clinic Diet. With these five healthy cooking techniques and the five criteria for any food, you'll be on your way. x
    • 8
      Exercise, Activity, and Health
      Physical exercise provides a variety of health benefits with respect to heart disease, blood pressure, cognitive function, mood, diabetes, and some cancers—as well as helping the body lose weight and maintain that loss. In addition to structured exercise, learn how to incorporate more Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) into your day. x
    • 9
      Behavioral Strategies for Weight Loss
      Many people believe they don’t have enough willpower to lose weight and keep it off. But the real issue is having the amount of willpower you need exactly when you need it—and you can plan for that. Learn how to give yourself every opportunity to be successful in changing your behavior long-term, and about the significant interplay between guilt and forgiveness. x
    • 10
      Cooking The Mayo Clinic Diet Way
      How to plan healthier meals? Chef Jen makes it easy! With her simple suggestions for grocery shopping and easy-to-follow cooking demonstrations, you'll learn to cross-utilize your ingredients to maximize efficiency in the kitchen. From barbeque pita pizza to pesto shrimp pasta, these delicious meals will help you meet your weight-loss goals. x
    • 11
      Overcoming Obstacles to Weight Loss
      Everyone who undertakes a long-term plan to improve health will face obstacles. Learn to anticipate specific challenges and plan your work-arounds in advance. Whether it’s grocery shopping, cooking, eating out, getting your family on board with food changes, or prioritizing exercise, you can identify and overcome potential obstacles to your optimum health. You can be successful. x
    • 12
      Handling Lapses and Keeping Weight Off
      Some days you will eat too much, and some days you won't exercise, not even for five minutes. It happens to everyone. And eventually, you may even hit a plateau in your weight loss. Learn the best ways to keep negative self-talk at bay and continue to move forward toward better health, instead of expecting unattainable perfection and relapsing into old habits. x
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