The time didn't drag, but I didn't learn much new, having read many well-researched books about these eras.
I was expecting richer content, total immersion on other cultures and times, like what's in David Hackett's Albion's Seed. This didn't come close to that.
For a college professor, his delivery was excellent. Could tell he'd rehearsed, researched, and written about the content extensively.
No. This is more for background use by film producers and set and clothing designers.
If I'd paid Colgate's tuition for this course, I would have been shocked. For one thing, I can't imagine how someone could come up with in-depth exam questions from content this light.
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.
It is unfortunate that the professor's vocal delivery lacks sufficient fluidity. This alone I found a barrier to continuing listening but when added to inability to resist making judgements based on his and our modern day moral ethics made getting through it a real struggle.
When I listen to history it I want to be presented with current information on what happened and the circumstances under which it occurred. I don't want a commentary on the righteousness of it.
Robert has narrated the best Great Courses lecture I have ever listened to. Great delivery and enthralling content keep you wanting more through all 48 chapters. Highly recommended for anyone remotely interested in history.
Probably the very best audio program in my library. A superbly clear, concise and easily followed journey through lives of the ordinary, just like you and me. Thank you Professor Garland.
Great content for learning what life was like for regular people in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and in England up through the Middle Ages. Narrators voice sounded a little choppy to me.
The course was interesting; content well structured and detailed. However, author's tendency to insert pauses after every word made the book painful to listen to.