The Story of Civilization

11 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 171 ratings

Our Oriental Heritage Summary

The first volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume I chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia. In this masterful work, readers will encounter:

  • Sumeria, birthplace of the first cities and written laws
  • the Egyptians, who perfected monumental architecture, medicine, and mummification more than 3,500 years ago
  • the Babylonians, who developed astronomy and physics, and planted the seeds of Western mythology
  • the Judeans, who preserved their culture forever in the immortal books of the Old Testament
  • the Persians, who ruled the largest empire in recorded history before Rome
  • Indian philosophy, Chinese philosophers, and Japanese Samurais
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  • Book 1

    • Our Oriental Heritage

    • The Story of Civilization, Volume 1
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Robin Field
    • Length: 50 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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      4 out of 5 stars 28
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    The first volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume I chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Meandering work with a difficult narration

    • By Anfisa on 19-07-16

    Regular price: £39.39

  • Book 2

    • The Life of Greece

    • The Story of Civilization, Volume 2
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 32 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Here Durant tells the whole story of Greece from the days of Crete's vast Aegean empire to the final extirpation of the last remnants of Greek liberty, crushed under the heel of an implacably forward-marching Rome. The dry minutiae of battles and sieges, of tortuous statecraft of tyrant and king, get minor emphasis in what is preeminently a vivid recreation of Greek culture, brought to the listener through the medium of supple, vigorous prose.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent introduction to Greek civilisation

    • By Anfisa on 06-10-16

    Regular price: £29.59

  • Book 3

    • Caesar and Christ

    • The Story of Civilization, Volume 3
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 36 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 23
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      5 out of 5 stars 21
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      5 out of 5 stars 20

    The third volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Caesar and Christ chronicles the history of Roman civilization and of Christianity from their beginnings to A.D. 325.

    Regular price: £26.29

  • Book 4

    • The Age of Faith, Volume 4

    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 61 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
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      5 out of 5 stars 8
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    The fourth volume in Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, The Age of Faith surveys the medieval achievements and modern significance of Christian, Islamic, and Judaic life and culture. Like the other volumes in the Story of Civilization series, this is a self-contained work, which at the same time fits into a comprehensive history of mankind. It includes the dramatic stories of St. Augustine, Hypatia, Justinian, Mohammed, Harun al-Rashid, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, and many more.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow ... but "wow"

    • By S. Hunt on 27-02-17

    Regular price: £49.29

  • Book 5

    • The Renaissance

    • A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304 - 1576 AD, The Story of Civilization, Volume 5
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 37 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    In this masterful work, listeners will encounter: the poets Petrarch and Boccaccio, the fathers of the Renaissance; the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of Milan, Florence, and Venice; the life and accomplishments of Leonardo DaVinci; the Catholic church and the popes of Avignon and Rome; the politicians and philosophers of Italy, including the Borgia family, Julius II, and Machiavelli; the Italian Wars, the conflicts with France, and the country's decline.

    • A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304 - 1576 AD, The Story of Civilization, Volume 5
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 37 hrs and 7 mins
    • Release date: 22-09-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

    Regular price: £37.29

  • Book 6

    • The Reformation

    • A History of European Civilization from Wycliffe to Calvin, 1300 - 1564 (The Story of Civilization, Book 6)
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 50 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    An engrossing volume on the European Reformation by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Will Durant. The sixth volume of Durant's acclaimed Story of Civilization, The Reformationchronicles the history of European civilization from 1300 to 1564.

    • A History of European Civilization from Wycliffe to Calvin, 1300 - 1564 (The Story of Civilization, Book 6)
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 50 hrs and 8 mins
    • Release date: 30-10-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

    Regular price: £42.69

  • Book 7

    • The Age of Reason Begins

    • A History of European Civilization in the Period of Shakespeare, Bacon, Montaigne, Rembrandt, Galileo, and Descartes: 1558 - 1648: The Story of Civilization, Book 7
    • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 34 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    The Age of Reason Begins brings together a fascinating network of stories in the discussion of the bumpy road toward the Enlightenment. This is the age of great monarchs and greater artists - on the one hand, Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and Henry IV of France; on the other, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Montaigne, and Rembrandt. It also encompasses the heyday of Francis Bacon, Galileo, Giordano Bruno, and Descartes, the fathers of modern science and philosophy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 34 hours of pleasure

    • By james on 19-02-15
    • A History of European Civilization in the Period of Shakespeare, Bacon, Montaigne, Rembrandt, Galileo, and Descartes: 1558 - 1648: The Story of Civilization, Book 7
    • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 34 hrs and 50 mins
    • Release date: 23-01-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

    Regular price: £36.09

  • Book 8

    • The Age of Louis XIV

    • The Story of Civilization, Book 8
    • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 36 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 11
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    The Age of Louis XIV is the biography of a period (1648 - 1715) that Spengler considered the apex of modern European civilization. "Some centuries hence," Frederick the Great correctly predicted to Voltaire, "they will translate the good authors of the age of Pericles and Augustus." Those authors are lovingly treated here.

    Regular price: £36.09

  • Book 9

    • The Age of Voltaire

    • A History of Civlization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1756, with Special Emphasis on the Conflict between Religion and Philosophy
    • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    The Age of Voltaire, the ninth volume of The Story of Civilization, is an in-depth examination of France and England in the first half of the 18th century.

    • A History of Civlization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1756, with Special Emphasis on the Conflict between Religion and Philosophy
    • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
    • Release date: 26-05-15
    • 5 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

    Regular price: £49.29

  • Book 10

    • Rousseau and Revolution

    • The Story of Civilization, Book 10
    • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 57 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
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      5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Rousseau and Revolution, the 10th volume of the Story of Civilization, ranges over a Europe in ferment, but centers on the passionate rebel-philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the great exponent of the romantic impulse toward self-exploration and social revolt, who contended with the great rationalist Voltaire for the mind of Europe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing

    • By D. Kelly on 04-11-16

    Regular price: £49.29

  • Book 11

    • The Age of Napoleon

    • A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815: The Story of Civilization, Book 11
    • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 43 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      5 out of 5 stars 13

    The Age of Napoleon, the 11th and final volume of the Story of Civilization, surveys the amazing chain of events that wrenched Europe out of the Enlightenment and into the age of democracy. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter the French Revolution from the storming of the Bastille to the guillotining of the king; and the revolution's leaders - Danton, Desmoulins, Robespierre, and Saint-Just - all cut down by the reign of terror they inaugurated.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • an incredible history, one of the best

    • By Mr Simon W D Borland on 15-09-17

    Regular price: £36.09