History Myths Exploded How Some of History’s Biggest Ideas are Wrong

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Join the acclaimed authors of the encyclopedia of conspiracy theories in exploring some of history's great myths.

In this provocative audio course, you’ll travel through time with history and medieval literature experts to learn why the truth about past events is so elusive. Your journey will be helmed by two award-winning scholars: acclaimed literature and mythology professor Christopher Fee and historian Jeffrey Webb.

Profs. Fee and Webb explain that although most of us recognize the value of good history, we often find truthful accounts of the past, frankly, less than inspiring. What really excites us is a tale well told.

Following a timeline that begins in Ancient Greece and ends in 1960s America, Profs. Fee and Webb reveal the surprising truth behind dominant narratives about the 300 Spartans, Columbus’s discovery of America, Lincoln’s role in Emancipation, Edison’s inventions, and much more.

Over the course of 14 lectures, Profs. Fee and Webb explore the relationship between myth and history, surveying the boundary line between legend and fact. They affirm myth’s enduring appeal and cultural importance while also highlighting its implicit hazards. Ultimately, they show that disentangling myth from history teaches us valuable lessons about our common humanity.

As you explode some of history’s biggest myths, you’ll discover how both fact and fiction convey eternal truths.

This course is part of the Learn25 collection.


  • Opening Credits

    Duration: 11s
  • About the Author

    Duration: 01min
  • Lecture 1: Why Let the Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story?

    Duration: 25min
  • Lecture 2: 300 Spartans in Myth and History

    Duration: 27min
  • Lecture 3: Rome's Mythical Decline and Fall

    Duration: 25min
  • Lecture 4: The Clash of Civilizations, Christianity and Islam in the Middle Ages

    Duration: 28min
  • Lecture 5: The Vikings, Columbus and the Discovery of America

    Duration: 28min
  • Lecture 6: Native American Myths and Realities

    Duration: 28min
  • Lecture 7: The Myth of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy

    Duration: 28min
  • Lecture 8: Lincoln and the Question of Emancipation

    Duration: 25min
  • Lecture 9: A Closer Look at the Wild, Wild West

    Duration: 27min
  • Lecture 10: Eureka! Edison and Other Legends of Invention

    Duration: 25min
  • Lecture 11: Teddy Roosevelt and the Modern Hero's Tale

    Duration: 29min
  • Lecture 12: Kennedy, Camelot and Cuba

    Duration: 28min
  • Lecture 13: The Myth of the Radical Sixties

    Duration: 27min
  • Lecture 14: Finding Truth in History and Myth

    Duration: 26min
  • Ending Credits

    Duration: 10s