This is where it all began for Dave Stotts and the Drive Thru History® team. This series, “Ancient: Christianity and the Birth of Western Civilization,” was our first step in what has turned into a decade of adventures.
In this series, you’ll hit the road with Dave and take a drive through time to explore the places, people, and events that carved the face of the ancient world. You’ll then speed through history on a mission to discover how those ancient civilizations and the undercurrent of Christian faith sculpted Western Civilization and the world as we know it today.
Along your adventure, you’ll stroll the cobblestone streets of Italy, Greece, and Turkey to witness the formidable empires of Rome, Athens, and Constantinople; unravel the intersection of secular and biblical history; and uncover how these ancient powers set the stage for the coming of Jesus Christ and the birth of the early Christian Church. Gear up for a journey through 2,500 years of history!
Disc 1: “Rome If You Want To” | Your journey with Dave begins with one of his classic misadventures: getting lost in Rome. You’ll then wander your way back to visit the ancient heart of the city, Palatine Hill; meet the Emperors who walked the roads of Rome during the time of Christ; explore the Arch of Titus; and observe first-hand the destruction of Jerusalem. As always, Dave has plenty of surprises for you in store: on this trip, he’ll drag you into inciting a sword fight with a group of guards at the Coliseum, and throw you into the middle of an ancient Roman chariot race. You’ll witness the Great Fire of Rome, meander through the Roman Pantheon, and unravel the extent of Nero’s persecution of Christians and their influence on the Roman world.
Disc 2: “Greece and the Word” | Ready for Round 2? In this chapter of your journey, you and Dave will kick the trip into high gear and speed through the history of Western Civilization in a fast-paced, hilarious trek through Greece. You’ll encounter the people, places, and events that revolutionized Western Civilization—and the world, as we know it today.
Disc 3: “Turkey Delight” | Now, you and Dave will road-trip directly east, straight across the border of Turkey. You’ll have a front-row seat for more adventure, more laughs, and more thrilling twists and turns through history as Dave drives you through cities, ancient ruins, and destinations off the beaten path. You’ll discover how places like Smyrna and Sardis shifted the tides of the ancient world, and how the messages delivered to these cities as penned in the book of Revelation shed light onto what life was like for the early church. Then, you and Dave will swap your tires for a camel—yep, you read that right!—to ride through the hot springs of Hierapolis and explore the ruins of Laodicea and Colossae on a mission to uncover the fascinating historical clues these cities reveal.
Disc 4: “East Meets West” | As the last stretch of your journey, you and Dave will embark on an investigation of the intersection of Eastern and Western thought. You’ll meander through a local bazaar, stumble across underground cities that you just can’t help but to explore, and piece together clues as to why Istanbul was such a historically crucial city. Then, the two of you will voyage back across the ocean and find yourselves in Washington D.C., to discover how Greek, Roman, and Christian thought shaped the foundation of America.
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