Robert Garland brings the intricate ancient history of the common man and woman to life. Scholarly and substantial, with just the right amount of wit and humor - this is an imaginative journey that demands we find that favorite chair, brew a cup of wonderful tea, and lock distraction away for the better portion of an hour or two. As a bonus, Garland's voice is so pleasant, he could be reciting a grocery list and it would be both interesting and soothing.
I recommend this book to anyone who agrees that those who forget their history are destined to repeat it.
Well worth the investment of time.
Great lecture series but the information was 90% focused on classical ancient history in the Mediterranean and Britain. Highly recommend the series but disappointed with the limited focus on cultures most people are already quite familiar with.
I very much enjoyed this cultural overview rather than an historical one. The overall connectedness of the thread of human life was well done. The touching stories of grief and loss and the wonder of beautiful objects helped me connect with humans from Neolithic to Medeval times. I will look forward to another course by Dr. Garland.
Biographies of famous historical figures, while interesting, are a dime (or Audible credit) a dozen. What I really wanted to learn about were the daily routines and slice-of-life narratives about regular people who inhabited the world during ancient times. That is precisely what this book delivers.
It's honest, raw, humorous, and somehow still sensitive in its delivery. There's a huge scope of material being covered here, and it works with the presentation. Each chapter is a sort of snapshot in time, a day in the life of someone with whom I can identify, because Professor Garland makes each accessible and understandable to the layperson. You don't have to be a student of history, art, or science to find this book interesting and understandable.
I purchased this book as one of two audiobooks to take with me on a trip to Europe. I'm so glad I did! I was able to connect some locations I visited and artifacts in a museum to the faces of individuals conjured in my mind by his vivid descriptions and the humanity he brought to his subjects.
I'm pleased with this purchase and consider it one of my favorite Audible books.
I loved these lectures. I could actually picture being in these ancient cultures and the courses were peppered with enough random facts to keep me interested. I highly recommend this book and narrator, especially to someone new to The Great Courses.
I was so happy with this amazing lecture series. The lecturer is fantastic - obviously very knowledgeable, well spoken, and funny at times. I feel like I've really enriched my understanding of ancient peoples. This is a dense lecture and I think it will be worth a second listen in the future.
I looked forward to drive anywhere just so that I could listen to these lectures. If you love ancient history this is the book for you. If you always wonder how it would be to live in another time, this is for you. I was transported throughout history and loved every second of it!
I absolutely loved every minute of this book. Mr Garland is a master storyteller. Very captivating, informative and entertaining at the same time. Well recommended!