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. (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...
  2. (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
  3. (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...
  4. (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,...
  5. (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...
  6. (Set) Late Antiquity & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) Late Antiquity & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Thomas F. X. Noble
    Starting at $894.90 Starting at $894.90 $894.90 $894.90$894.90
    Embark on two fascinating journeys through ancient history with distinguished historian and award-winning Professor Thomas F.X. Noble. 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. Foundations of Western Civilization helps you...
  7. (Set) Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set on sale

    (Set) Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $861.00 Starting at $178.90 $1,039.90 $178.90$1,039.90
    Explore the vast scope of ancient history—and its undeniable impact on our modern world—in this sweeping two-course set. Start with The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World, which immerses you in Greek ideas of democracy, law, and empire, as well as their impact on our own institutions. Then, continue with The Foundations of Western Civilization, which takes you from the great river valleys of Iraq to...
  8. (Set)  The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books & Great Authors of t Set

    (Set) The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books & Great Authors of t

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $489.90 $489.90$489.90
  9. (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & History of the United States  Set

    (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & History of the United States

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,079.90 Starting at $1,079.90 $1,269.90 $1,079.90$1,269.90
    Place vast sweeps of human history into coherent and fascinating frameworks. In Foundations of Western Civilization, discover the essential nature, evolution, and perceptions of Western civilization, from its origins to the dawn of the modern world. Then, strengthen your understanding of America's riveting history with The History of the United States, 2nd Edition.
  10. (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...
  11. (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...
  12. (Set)  The Fall of the Pagans & Late Antiquity Set on sale

    (Set) The Fall of the Pagans & Late Antiquity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $523.00 Starting at $53.90 $629.90 $53.90$629.90
  13. (Set) Origin of Civilization & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) Origin of 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
    Embark on a fascinating journey back in time to the foundational moments of human civilization with this grand two-course set. First, discover how human beings from around the world created the impressive cultural and political systems that would forever alter the course of history with The Origin of Civilization. Then, ground your understanding of these early civilizations with The Foundations of Western...
  14. (Set)  World Was Never the Same &  Foundations of Western Civ Set

    (Set) World Was Never the Same & Foundations of Western Civ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
  15. (Set) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition & Art of Reading  Set

    (Set) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
    Learn new ways to read and appreciate masterpieces from the Western literary canon. First, survey 30 centuries of our civilization's most enduring novelists, poets, playwrights, essayists, and other writers with Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition. Next, maximize your effectiveness as an artful reader with The Art of Reading, which shows you how to approach even the most daunting novel or...
  16. (Set) Popes and the Papacy & Early Christianity  Set

    (Set) Popes and the Papacy & Early Christianity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  17. (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.
  18. (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
  19. (Set) Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World & Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation  Set

    (Set) Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World & Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Plunge into the ancient world with this course set that focuses on two distinct periods in history and their transformative effects on our modern world. In The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World, immerse yourself in the exciting innovations the ancient Greeks made in democracy, law, and empire. Then, learn how the fall of the Roman Empire gave rise to three great civilizations: medieval Europe, the Byzantine...
  20. (Set) Western Literary Canon in Context & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Western Literary Canon in Context & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    Gain insights into the great works and authors of the Western literary tradition. The Western Literary Canon in Context is a thorough investigation of more than 30 key works in the Western literary canon and their critical roles in the development of literature. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition is an 84-lecture survey of the writers who shaped Western storytelling into what it is today.