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    • Dantes Paradise : A Study On Part III Of The Divine Comedy

      $79.95

      You’ve followed Dante through the dreaded gates of Hell, to the arduous slopes of Mount Purgatory, and now, finally, to the transcendence of the Heavenly Court.

      With Dr. Anthony Esolen, you’ve travelled into the depths of the Inferno. You’ve witnessed the terrible hopelessness of Hell and the bitter punishments for sinners there. You’ve accompanied Dante and Virgil through the mysteries of Mount Purgatory where sinners are purged of all attachment to sin. Finally, together with blessed Beatrice, enter into the indescribable glory of Heaven.

      The Beatific Vision

      Dante imagines that Paradise consists of nine celestial spheres which surround the very Throne of God at the center. It is like a blossoming rose, each petal reveals further splendor and glory the nearer we come to the center. Yet, in a way, Dante’s journey to God reads something like science fiction – after all, he and Beatrice travel through:

      * The Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn
      * The Fixed Stars – a region medievals imagined to contain all stars except the Sun
      * And finally, through the Primum Mobile – the sphere which causes the motion of all other spheres within it because it is moved directly by God

      In each astral location, Dante and Beatrice meet the blessed souls who enjoy the bliss of Heaven. Unlike Purgatory and the Inferno, which are arranged by different types of sin, Paradise is structured according to virtue. Each sphere is associated with one of the cardinal virtues – prudence, fortitude, justice, and temperance – or one of the theological virtues – faith, hope, and charity.

      Poetry of the Highest Order

      Professor Esolen who has served as your guide through both the Inferno and Purgatory will guide you through the profound and elevated poetry of Paradise. An expert who has taught Dante to college students for more than twenty years, Professor Esolen is also the preeminent modern translator of the entire Divine Comedy from the original Italian.

      Dante can rightly be called the greatest poet who ever lived, because he chose for the subject of his epic poem the greatest subject ever conceived – namely, the whole purpose and end of man. Dante’s imaginative genius gave us both astonishing human and theological insights and perhaps the most beautiful verse describing Heaven ever written.

      Discover the ineffable majesty of Paradise with Professor Esolen and complete the journey of all men who have conquered the self through the s

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    • Hobbit : Discovering Grace And Providence In Bilbos Adventures

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      In this companion course to The Hidden Meaning of The Lord of the Rings, Professor Joseph Pearce highlights the fundamentally religious and Catholic nature of Tolkien’s famous novel, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again.

      In this course, Joseph Pearce shows that Tolkien’s own words about The Lord of the Rings being a fundamentally religious and Catholic work also apply to The Hobbit. Some readers mistakenly believe that The Hobbit is just a simple children’s story. Tolkien might have written the book for his children’s entertainment, but the best children’s literature always has a deep level of meaning, and The Hobbit is no exception.

      Professor Pearce gives you three keys to a true understanding of The Hobbit’s applicability to everyday life:

      * Bilbo grows in maturity, wisdom, compassion, self-sacrifice, and heroism over the course of his journey to the Lonely Mountain. At the end of the novel, Gandalf proclaims that Bilbo is no longer the hobbit he was, and we know that he is changed for the better. The meaning of life is to grow in virtue and holiness by learning the lessons of our adventures so that we can return home to God in Heaven.

      * In The Hobbit, Bilbo is time and again protected and rewarded by luck or good fortune. The luck present in The Hobbit is nothing other than the hand of providence and grace. In order to survive our life’s journey like Bilbo, we need the supernatural assistance of grace and providence.

      * Over and over again in the book, Tolkien presents characters who have fallen prey to dragon-sickness: pride and lust for gold or other material possessions. The Hobbit serves as a cautionary meditation on Matthew 6:21: Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

      Bilbo Baggins of Bag End and his adventures can serve as a mirror for our journey through life. Even though we won’t find ourselves travelling through goblin-infested mountains, chased by spiders, or threatened by trolls, we can see that virtue is only attained through grace by slaying the monsters and demons which try to prevent our passage into eternal glory. Tolkien’s profoundly Catholic worldview allows us to transcend the literal meaning of the story and apply its theological lessons to our own lives.

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    • Dantes Purgatory : A Study On Part II Of The Divine Comedy

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      We Know What Happens in Hell… But What about Purgatory?

      Dante’s Inferno revealed some titillating details about the punishments inflicted on sinners – but in a way, we already knew what happens to people in Hell. What we don’t know is what happens to people who end up in Purgatory. In this second part of The Divine Comedy, Dante probes the mysteries of that strange and often misunderstood place between earth and Heaven.

      Climb the Mount

      Purgatory is a place to work through – no one gets stuck there forever. The souls in Dante’s Purgatory must climb up seven terraces on Mount Purgatory before they can reach Heaven. On these terraces, Dante and Virgil find:

      * The prideful, who are forced into humility by heavy loads of stones on their backs
      * The envious, whose eyes are sewn shut to prevent them from seeing the goods of others
      * The wrathful, who climb through choking smoke that represents the blinding nature of anger
      * The slothful, who engage in ceaseless activity to overcome their former laziness
      * The covetous, who must lie face down on the ground for their attachment to earthly goods
      * The gluttonous, who must starve in sight of unreachable fruit hanging from trees above them
      * The lustful, who are purified by running through a wall of flame which represents God’s pure love

      Along the way, they are cleansed from the stains of sin by punishments which are like, and yet unlike, those suffered by the sinners in Hell. Here, the suffering souls glorify God and rejoice in their suffering, because they know it prepares them for the eternal bliss of Heaven.

      A Real Place

      Virgil and Dante discover the astonishing spiritual reality of Purgatory as they climb through the terraces on Mount Purgatory. Dante created a poetic vision which might be the best imaginative representation of Purgatory ever written. While his poem might not reflect the actual nature of Purgatory, his insights can help us understand it better.

      Your Expert Guide

      A celebrated translator and teacher of Dante, Professor Esolen interprets and describes the rich theological insights discovered by Dante on his journey up the mountain. Join Dante, Virgil, and Professor Esolen to continue the journey begun in the Inferno which will culminate in the ineffable beauty of Paradise.

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    • Dantes Inferno : A Study On Part I Of The Divine Comedy

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      Dante’s Divine Comedy can rightly be called the greatest poem ever written, praised through the ages by a pantheon of writers and scholars. Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) referred to Dante’s crowned visionary brow. Irish novelist James Joyce (1882-1941) said Dante is my spiritual food! Pope Benedict XV (1854-1922) called Dante the most eloquent singer of the Christian idea. Even the 20th century literary critic T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) famously wrote that Shakespeare and Dante divide the world between them, there is no third.

      Yet today this great poem is often dismissed by modern scholars for its unabashed Catholic theology and deep spiritual vision. Shrug off the unfounded disdain of these skeptics and discover for yourself the true grandeur, Christian nature, and sheer artistry of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

      Just as Dante needed Virgil to lead him through the bowels of Hell, you also need a true and trustworthy guide. Dr. Anthony Esolen serves as your Virgil in this course on the Inferno, the first canticle of the Divine Comedy. An expert who has taught Dante to college students for more than twenty years, Professor Esolen is also the preeminent modern translator of the entire Divine Comedy from the original Italian.

      With Professor Esolen you will enter the terrible gates of Hell and progress level by infernal level to its diabolical depths. Professor Esolen places a special emphasis on the drama of the poem, leading you through each canto in succession. Along the way, he will highlight Dante’s astonishing human and theological insights and discuss the destiny of man, how to find our way out of the wilderness of sin, the relationship between love and knowledge, and the integral unity between body and soul.

      Professor Esolen will more than satisfy your curiosity about Hell and the fate of the damned. He will reveal in all its starkness the horror of sin, and awaken in your heart a longing for divine love.

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    • Hidden Meaning Of The Lord Of The Rings

      $79.95

      Joseph Pearce offers a fascinating and insightful course on The Lord of the Rings, which is the greatest and most popular work of literature of the twentieth century. The course discusses the book’s phenomenal success and the life of its author, J. R. R. Tolkien, before embarking on a tour of the world and characters of Middle-earth.

      Despite the absence of any direct mention of Christ or the Catholic Church, Tolkien described his work as fundamentally religious and Catholic. He was able to infuse his fictional world with theological orthodoxy through his creation myth and world order. Endowing his protagonists with Christian virtues, he also incorporated themes of grace and mercy.

      Tolkien’s deep faith and creative philosophy emerge from the narrative as an unmistakable Catholic presence. The very foundation of Tolkien’s Middle-earth, from its creation by Iluvatar, the one God, to angel-like Melkor’s sinful rebellion, to the menacing presence of Sauron, the dark lord, supports Professor Pearce’s argument for the Catholicity of the work. You’ll learn how the One Ring symbolizes Original Sin, how the dates Tolkien chose for events in the story are theologically significant, how the Elvish waybread, lembas, figures as the Eucharist, and how Frodo acts as a Christ-like figure.

      Tolkien also describes his work as an allegory of power usurped for domination – a theme which is all the more important to examine in our modern world. Characters throughout The Lord of the Rings are tempted by power and the urge to seize and wield it for personal gain and unlawful control. Throughout the journey of the Fellowship, various characters face the temptation of the One Ring – the wizard Gandalf, through whom the Ring would wield a terrible power; human warrior Boromir, who would use it to save his people; and elf queen Galadriel, weary from fighting the long defeat against evil. Among the characters who do usurp power for domination are Saruman, the white wizard who succumbs to evil, and whose machinations at Isengard only bring more evil to Middle-earth.

      Over the eight lectures in the course, Professor Pearce highlights connections, allegories, and insights which will expand your reading of The Lord of the Rings. It is said that art holds the mirror up to life. This is the reason that art is real and fiction is true. The Lord of the Rings enjoys such fame and popularity because, in a way, it shows us ourselves in the characters. Learn more and disc

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    • Shakespeares Catholicism : A Critical Analysis Of The Bards Life And Plays

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      In Shakespeare’s Catholicism, Joseph Pearce presents biographical and literary evidence proving the Bard’s adherence to the true Faith in a time of persecution and upheaval in Elizabethan England. Professor Pearce reveals little-known details of Shakespeare’s life, including his Catholic education, openly Catholic father and daughter, his friendship with Jesuit martyr St. Robert Southwell, and his purchase of the Blackfriar’s Gatehouse – a known hub for underground Catholic liturgy.

      Among the plays discussed in light of Shakespeare’s faith, is Romeo & Juliet – possibly the most famous love story ever told. Far from taking a popular interpretation of their star-crossed love, Professor Pearce illustrates Romeo’s egocentric obsession with Juliet, the destruction of her childhood innocence, and the fault of all the mature figures in the play who fail to protect her.

      Professor Pearce tackles the charge of anti-semitism in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice – clearing the air for the Bard’s true use of Shylock as an anti-hero. He illustrates the spiritual symbolism of the relationship between Venice and Belmont and Portia’s role as a literary icon of grace, similar to Dante’s Beatrice.

      Examining the plot of Shakespeare’s most famous and most misunderstood play, Hamlet, Pearce highlights the tension that exists between the sanity and sanctity of his heroes – who exhibit characteristics of the saints – and the sin and cynicism of his villains – who portray the Machiavellian machinations of the liar and the tyrant.

      Macbeth presents two starkly different visions of kingship, according to Professor Pearce, one which is rooted in the Catholic medieval understanding of kingship, the other in the cynical pragmatism of Machiavelli’s Prince. Macbeth is Hamlet’s opposite – while Hamlet knows there is concrete truth and morality in life, Macbeth loses his head and soul in succumbing to relativism and his own sin-deceived ego.

      Like Hamlet, King Lear is not only one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays but also one of his most abused and misrepresented. King Lear is best compared with a modern work like George Orwell’s 1984 because it is a clarion cry against the abuses of centralized power. Shakespeare’s play does not end with the triumph of tyranny but with the triumph of humility, and the sanctity and sanity which are its fruits.

      Hear the evidence and decide for yourself – Shakespeare was a Catholic and his plays attest to his deep and powerful faith.

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    • Understanding Literature The Elements Of Drama

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      Just the Facts: Understanding Literature offers an innovative, lively, and contemporary approach to understanding the basic elements of fiction, drama, and poetry and fostering an appreciation of literature. In each program, a young host and hostess guide viewers through the basic elements of each genre with colorful graphics and an informative narrative from English professors. Question-and-answer sections throughout the programs reinforce the concepts presented. Just the Facts: Understanding Literature offers a unique learning experience and an effective teaching tool. The Elements of Drama – The wonderful world of drama comes alive in The Elements of Drama, as the young host and hostess take viewers on a journey through the works of such famous playwrights as William Shakespeare. Colorful graphics and an informative narrative illustrate the basic elements of drama: Dialogue and narrative Soliloquy Dramatic conventions Plot elements Character Point of view Conflict And more . . . In addition, professors of English provide insight to help viewers understand drama. An interactive component of multiple choice questions reinforces concepts presented in the program and enhances understanding of the basic elements of drama. Study Guides are also ncluded – Junior High/High School levels.

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    • Understanding Literature The Elements Of Poetry

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      Just the Facts: Understanding Literature presents an innovative, lively, and contemporary approach to understanding the basic elements of fiction, drama, and poetry and fostering an appreciation of literature. In each program, a young host and hostess guide viewers through the basic elements of each genre with colorful graphics and an informative narrative from English professors. Question-and-answer sections throughout the programs reinforce the concepts presented. Just the Facts: Understanding Literature offers a unique learning experience and an effective teaching tool. The Elements of Poetry Figurative language, meter and rhyme, simile, and metaphor — these are a few of the many topics explored in this lively video tour through the genre of poetry. Other elements illustrated in the program include: Oxymoron Assonance Alliteration Imagery Understatement Hyperbole And more… A young host and hostess guide viewers through the basic elements of poetry with colorful graphics and an informative narrative. In addition, professors of English provide insight to help viewers understand poetry. An interactive component of multiple choice questions reinforces concepts presented in the program and enhances understanding of the basic elements of poetry.

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    • Understanding Literature The Elements Of Fiction

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      Just the Facts: Understanding Literature presents an innovative, lively, and contemporary approach to understanding the basic elements of fiction, drama, and poetry and fostering an appreciation of literature. In each program, a young host and hostess guide viewers through the basic elements of each genre with colorful graphics and an informative narrative from English professors. Question-and-answer sections throughout the programs reinforce the concepts presented. Just the Facts: Understanding Literature offers a unique learning experience and an effective teaching tool. The Elements of Fiction, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson — these are just three of the renowned authors whose work is cited in The Elements of Fiction, which explores: Plot elements Character Conflict Flashback Foreshadowing And more… In this program, a young host and hostess guide students through the basic elements of fiction with colorful graphics and an informative narrative. In addition, professors of English provide insight to help viewers understand the genre of fiction. An interactive component of multiple choice questions reinforces concepts presented and enhances understanding of the basic elements of fiction.

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    • Learn English ESL 4 Pack

      $69.98

      Save Money! The Standard Deviants English as a Second Language DVD 4-Pack includes everything you need to become proficient in the English language! You get all four ESL DVDs at a discounted price.

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    • Learn English ESL Program 4 Regular And Irregular Past And Adverbs

      $19.98

      We ll begin by explaining regular verbs. These are the verbs you love in the past tense. They are solid, predictable, reliable, and regular all you have to do is add an ed. Then we ll move on to irregular verbs. These tricky verbs are unpredictable, unreliable, and don t follow a regular pattern. But if you really want to feel the vibe of your verbs, you need to add something: adverbs! These handy words describe how do you do the things you do.

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    • Learn English ESL Program 3 Possessives Verb And Infinitive And The Past

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      Possessives give you the ability to say what belongs to you and what does not. But possessives in English can be a little bit tricky. When do you use my and when do use mine? Or her and hers? We ll also show you how to stretch your conversations by using the present simple tense with an infinitive. Finally, we ll tackle the past tense with a look at the basics: was and were. You ll use them time and time again, from how was your day? to where were you?

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    • Learn English ESL Program 2 Prepositions Questions And Time

      $19.98

      We re going to look at prepositions, words that describe the relationship between a noun and some other word. We ll also get the low-down on the question words who?, what? and where? But it s not enough to ask questions if people don t know what you re talking about! So we ll also cover pointer words like this, that and there. Finally, you ll learn about days of the week, the months, the seasons, and how to tell time.

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    • Learn English ESL Program 1 Pronouns Adjectives And The Present Tense

      $19.98

      Your study of English begins with a look at pronouns – those little words like we, she and I that take the place of nouns and keep your sentences nice and neat. Then we’re going to teach you how to use adjectives. These words help you describe things and make your sentences more interesting. But what if you want to tell someone that you like your hot dog? Or that you are in your office? Don t worry, we’ll also cover possessives.

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    • English Punctuation Parts 1 And 2 Pack

      $35.98

      The English Punctuation DVD 2-Pack explains when and where you should – and shouldn’t – use these elusive little marks. These DVDs also cover commas, colons, the elusive semi-colon, and more. The English Punctuation DVD 2-Pack includes English Punctuation Part 1 and Part 2.

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    • Master English Punctuation Program 2

      $19.98

      A mastery of punctuation can make your writing clearer and add emphasis. English Punctuation Part 2 covers the less common punctuation marks: dashes, hyphens, brackets, slashes and ellipses (no, this is not when the moon moves in front of the sun – that’s an eclipse). Forget those expensive and cumbersome style guides, this DVD even covers the rules for quotations!

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    • Learn English Punctuation Program 1

      $19.98

      If you think the semicolon is a small organ situated between your small and large intestines, you definitely need this DVD! Those little dots and slashes and marks seem simple enough, but they’re insidious little creatures! The English language is filled with tricky and obscure rules of punctuation. This DVD will explain these rules and improve your writing skills.

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    • Learn Shakespeare Tragedies Origins And Style

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      Origins and Style is an introduction to understanding and appreciating Shakespeare. After exploring Shakespeare’s life and times, this DVD contains sections on understanding Shakespeare’s poetry and the elements of Elizabethan drama. Also, by evaluating the tragic figure that is Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, the Standard Deviants help viewers understand exactly what a tragedy is. Finally, this DVD offers a brief overview of Shakespeare’s development as a tragedian.

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    • Shakespeare 3 Pack

      $53.98

      There is no question that Shakespeare was one of the greatest writers in human history. His works are filled with love, action, revenge – all the makings of a top-grossing movie. However, Shakespeare’s use of language often makes it difficult to follow his plays. This series explains the origins of his style and breaks down the some of his best-known plays with simple synopses and character analyses. The Shakespeare Tragedies DVD 3-Pack contains all three Shakespeare Tragedies DVDs (Origins and Style, Othello/Macbeth/King Lear, Titus Andronicus/Romeo & Juliet/Hamlet) at a discounted price.

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    • Shakespeare Tragedies Othello Macbeth King Lear

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      This DVD examines three plays that reveal Shakespeare at his height as a writer of tragedies. This trio of tragedies contains Shakespeare’s variations on the tragic figure: A man destroyed by jealousy (Othello), a man destroyed by ambition (Macbeth), and a man destroyed by hubris and ultimately redeemed by love (King Lear). The Standard Deviants take the mystery out of these difficult plays, making them easier to understand and appreciate.

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    • Shakespeare Tragedies Titus Andronicus Romeo And Juliet Hamelt

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      This DVD examines three of Shakespeare’s tragedies: his first, his most beloved, and his most famous. The Standard Deviants explore Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s first tragedy – a flawed, but promising play – to highlight what makes a great tragedy, and to reveal that even Shakespeare had to learn his craft. Additionally, the program provides insight into understanding the poetry, characters, and plot of Romeo and Juliet. Finally, the program provides easy-to-understand approaches to Shakespeare’s best-known and perhaps most complex work, Hamlet.

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