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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51 Courses and Sets

  1. (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
  2. (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 $1,199.85 Starting at $1,199.85 $1,414.85 $1,199.85$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...
  3. (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 $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
  4. (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.
  5. (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & Western Literary Canon in Context  Set

    (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & Western Literary Canon in Context

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $894.90 Starting at $894.90 $894.90 $894.90$894.90
    Study the beginnings of Western civilization and then look at its vibrant literary masterpieces in this two-course set. First, 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 in The Foundations of Western Civilization. Then, explore how some of the most influential masterpieces...
  6. (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 $969.90 Starting at $969.90 $1,144.90 $969.90$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...
  7. (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.
  8. (Set) Foundations of Eastern Civilization & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) Foundations of Eastern Civilization & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
  9. (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 $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
  10. (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 $1,004.90 Starting at $1,004.90 $1,004.90 $1,004.90$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...
  11. (Set) Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation & The Early Middle Ages  Set

    (Set) Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation & The Early Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
    What happened after the fall of the Roman Empire? Find out in these two courses that take you back to a pivotal moment in the history of Western civilization. In Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation, discover how the period between A.D. 253 and A.D. 750 gave way to Medieval Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamic Caliphate. In The Early Middle Ages, use recent scholarship to get a fresh understanding of a...
  12. (Set) The Catholic Church: A History & Popes and the Papacy: A History  Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $554.00 Starting at $44.90 $629.90 $44.90$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,...
  13. (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 $1,524.80 Starting at $1,524.80 $1,524.80 $1,524.80$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...
  14. (Set) Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,124.90 Starting at $1,124.90 $1,124.90 $1,124.90$1,124.90
    Learn new ways to read some of Western civilization's greatest literary treasures. In Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life, discover enduring life lessons in works such as the Iliad, Beowulf, and Gandhi's Autobiography. Then, survey over 70 masterpieces of literature by iconic Western authors including Shakespeare, Milton, Dostoevsky, Conrad, Woolf, and Faulkner in Great Authors of the...
  15. (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...
  16. (Set) Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Where did our modern Western civilization come from? Explore the answer to this profound question in Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations—which investigates the ways that early human civilizations grew and expanded across the globe—and in The Foundations of Western Civilization, which examines the people, places, ideas, and events that laid the groundwork for our modern world.
  17. (Set)  Foundations of Western Civilization & New Testament Set

    (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  18. (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...
  19. (Set) Development of European Civilization & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) Development of European Civilization & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
    Unearth the foundations of your world with this engaging two-course set on the nature of the Western world. First, follow the true story of how Europe evolved over the course of 600 fascinating years in The Development of European Civilization. Then, ground your understanding of Europe within the larger scope of the early Western world with the highly popular The Foundations of Western Civilization.
  20. (Set)  Foundations of Western Civilization & Old Testament Set

    (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & Old Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90