The Story of Civilization, Vol. V: The Renaissance by Will Durant

"Don't be so gloomy. After all, it's not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love -- they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. V: The Renaissance by Will Durant

The Story of Civilization, Vol. IV: The Age of Faith by Will Durant

Picking up where the previous volume left off, Durant dedicates this volume to the Medieval world as focused through the lens of the Christian, Islamic, and Judaic worlds from 325-1300, or as he puts it, from Constantine to Dante. As with the previous volumes, this one is broken into five parts.  Part 1 deals with … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. IV: The Age of Faith by Will Durant

The Story of Civilization, Vol. III: Caesar and Christ by Will Durant

When asked what kind of government the newly minted United States of America would have, Benjamin Franklin famously responded: "A republic, if you can keep it."  Once you know the story of Rome, you instantly know how daunting that statement would be in his mind. It is said that the two greatest problems in history … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. III: Caesar and Christ by Will Durant

The Story of Civilization, Vol. II: The Life of Greece by Will Durant

From the shadows of myth and legend, to the honor of Sparta, to the glory of Athens, to the triumph of Alexander and beyond, the story of Western civilization begins.  Having built the foundation with his impressive survey of the East, Will Durant starts us off on a far more intricate survey of the West … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. II: The Life of Greece by Will Durant

The Story of Civilization, Vol. I: Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant

I've always heard that Will Durant was our modern Herodotus.  At the end of the first volume, I can safely confirm my belief in this notion, save for the fact that Durant's history is more historical, and Herodotus is a better storyteller.  Even so, when it comes to scope and audacity, this may be the first time Herodotus was … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. I: Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant