Say something about yourself!
A different reader. I have two issues with Robert Garland's presentation. First, he has a fairly noticeable lisp. I don't think this would bother me if it didn't somehow compound his far bigger shortcoming. He reads one. word. at. a. time. With great emphasis on each word in a way that if I was just learning the language I would love. He doesn't do it in the part that you can hear in the sample and on other occasions he is clearly speaking off the cuff and sounds perfectly fine. The other 90% are very difficult to listen to. If the subject were just slightly less interesting, I could easily delete the whole thing.
Not even a little.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
The lectures start off well, explaining aspects of life to you and explaining how life would be like for you to have been an ancient Egyptian, a Persian, a Greek, a Roman and a Celt, and explains in detail how you'd live your life and what you're likely to believe if you were poor, rich, male, female, a soldier or an outlaw.
I took a star from Overall and Story because it spends the final 30% of the book covering England and turns the book into a history lesson. It wasn't what I paid for.
Brilliantly written and presented by Prof. Garland.
An astoundingly vibrant and detailed view into past ancient times. Garlands vocabulary and language is a treat in itself. A gem!
I liked hearing about the Vikings, and the Persians, but most other things weren't that new to me. allot of this I learned in school as a kid. he doesn't go that deep into things like I would have liked, but rather seemed vague, and skimmed over cultural details that I would have liked to learn.
the neanderthal stuff at the beginning wasn't that good, mostly because it was assumptions. once he got past all that, things became more interesting.
I would recommend this if you just want a summary of what you learned in school about ancient cultures.
The closest we can get to walking a mile in their shoes. Presenting the various classes of people in the ancient world, Professor Robert Garland's expertise and lecturing style brings a far removed and unknown reality to life.
The author discusses more of his feelings than actual history. I didn't appreciate spending several minutes on the dramatic nuances between main characters in THE ILIAD, knowing Homer (author of THE ILIAD) lived hundreds of years after the Trojan War and the drama depicted must be considered fiction. Furthermore, parts like these in Garland's presentation serve little purpose other than pathetic attempts in humanizing the author, which are inserted whenever the author wants to indulge himself. This could have been half as long.
Humans have lived, loved, murdered, enslaved, worshipped and survived. Here we get a glimpse at previous cultures how they lived. Many aspects feel alien and others familiar.
The stories told in the lectures are well worth listening to.
I heard two of the lectures when they were on the Audible channels. I loved the way he presented the history from a regular person perspective as much as possible. Professor Garland is engaging and enthusiastic about the subject matter and often builds on previous lectures.