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Clavius

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  • The History of Ancient Rome

    • ORIGINAL (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Garrett G. Fagan
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    (204)
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    (189)
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    Even today, the influence of Ancient Rome is indelible, with Europe and the world owing this extraordinary empire a huge cultural debt in almost every important category of human endeavor, including art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. At the peak of its power, Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability, unified in politics and law, stretching from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland. And it stood for almost 700 years.In this series of 48 spirited lectures, you'll see how a small village of shepherds and farmers rose to tower over the civilized world of its day and left a permanent mark on history. In telling Rome's riveting story, Professor Fagan draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and archaeological scholarship, to introduce the fascinating tale of Rome's rise and decline, including the famous events and personalities that have become so familiar: . Horatius at the bridge . Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage . Caesar assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey . The doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra . The mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula . The conversion of Constantine The course also addresses one of history's greatest questions: Why did the Roman Empire fall? And you'll learn why most modern scholars believe that the empire did not "fall" at all, but, rather, changed into something very different-the less urbanized, more rural, early medieval world.

    Megan Clanton says: "So Much Better Than Reading a History Book!"
    "Great Balance of Narrative and Theme"
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    What did you love best about The History of Ancient Rome?

    The structure of the course is excellent. You know where you will be going so the content is easy to follow. The narration is outstanding.

    You travel from the emerging city state to the empire with a clear narrative of what happened and a complement of thematic content on why it happened. There is an excellent balance of political, military, and social history.

    This was my first ancient history course from the Great Courses. I listened to the course while taking my daughter to college, a four-day round trip drive, half of it solo. I will always associate eastern Oregon with Ancient Rome.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Garrett G. Fagan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Garrett Fagan's lectures are captivating. His style keeps one engaged and is never dry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Battles of the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Garrett G. Fagan
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Forget Hollywood's portrayal of violence and mayhem in ancient warfare and find out what the ancient battles were really like. What were the weapons, tactics, armor, training, and logistics? What were the crucial factors that could turn the tide of battle, giving one side victory and the other defeat?In 24 exciting lectures, Professor Fagan introduces you to the many fateful battles that became crucibles of history: the fearsome clash between the Athenians and the invading Persian army at the Marathon, Alexander the Great's crushing hammer-and-anvil tactics against the Persians at Gaugemela, and the Roman mastery of siege warfare at the Jewish fortress of Masada.

    Clavius says: "A Series of Violent Episodes Create a Whole"
    "A Series of Violent Episodes Create a Whole"
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    Would you listen to Great Battles of the Ancient World again? Why?

    This course presents a unique look at ancient history by focusing on key battles. The context of the battle is established and its conduct and outcome discussed in detail.

    While this is a series of episodes, Professor Fagan makes it a whole story. The battles are presented in a narrative of the emerging civilizations and empires of the ancient world. This ties them together so you can see how they affected the course of history.

    The detail on strategy, tactics, and armaments is excellent. The descriptions are complete. There is never a dry moment.


    What about Professor Garrett G. Fagan’s performance did you like?

    With a wonderful speaking style, Professor Fagan pulls you into the story and makes you see the scenes he describes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ancient Greek Civilization

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jeremy McInerney
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    Clearly, the Greeks are a source of much that we esteem in our own culture: democracy, philosophy, tragedy, epic and lyric poetry, history-writing, our aesthetic sensibilities, ideals of athletic competition, and more. But what is it about Hellenic culture that has made generations of influential scholars and writers view it as the essential starting point for understanding the art and reflection that define the West?

    Mike says: "Interpretive History, Not a Comprehensive Overview"
    "Great Survey of Ancient Greece"
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    What did you love best about Ancient Greek Civilization?

    This survey of ancient Greek history is a comprehensive but compact review of this key civilization. With the typical back and forth between narrative and topical content, I was brought back to my undergraduate courses in this topic. This course compares most favorably with the lectures I recall from years ago.


    What did you like best about this story?

    If you want to know the key events of Ancient Greece -- this is the course for you. From Marathon to the Peloponnesian war, from Pericles to Socrates, to the strange case of the Spartans, this has it all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jeremy McInerney
    Overall
    (16)
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    (16)
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    (15)

    This series of 24 lectures examines a crucial period in the history of the ancient world, the age ushered in by the extraordinary conquests of Alexander the Great. In all the annals of the ancient world, few stories are more gripping than those from this era. In the opening lectures, you'll explore the enigma of Alexander, son of a brilliant father, yet always at odds with the man whom he succeeded. Just as important to these lectures are the in-depth discussions of the bounties of Hellenistic culture, which contributed landmark ideas in everything from philosophy, art and architecture, and religion.

    Mike says: "Good Overview of Alexander and Hellenistic Empires"
    "Excellent Survey of Alexander and his Age"
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    What made the experience of listening to Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age the most enjoyable?

    The professor did an excellent job presenting both a historical narrative and thematic content. He takes you through the history in a way that give a great feeling on how it evolved, and returns to provide ways to understand why things happened as they did (and he is not afraid to say when we don't know).


    What about Professor Jeremy McInerney’s performance did you like?

    His style is engaging. The pace of presentation is excellent. There is just enough fun put into the descriptions that it is never dry.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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