In this enlightening series of lectures, Professor Shutt delves into Spartan culture, examining its origins, government, religion, and the major events that defined its history.
©2009 Timothy B. Shutt; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
I'm not a professional historian, but have read/listened to many books on this subject. I found Professor Shutt's work enjoyable and thorough. His narration was excellent...makes it seem like you are sitting in and auditing his course.
i really enjoyed this audiobook. Unlike another reviewer, I liked the old professor's delivery style and found it charming in an old professorish sort of way. I have always wanted to know more about Sparta and this book certainly did that for me - and it was so interesting!
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This was a great listen, extremely education and in depth. My only question is where can I find more of other titles just like these.?.
I'm a pure amateur with an interest in ancient history. I stumbled on this and assumed it would be an introduction to the topic. It was but I can easily imagine how this treatment might be bothersome to anyone not ignorant of the subject or with more than a passing knowledge of the subject. These are a series of lectures that seem to be designed to be spaced out as they would be in a college classroom. There is a lot of repetition and the lectures are about the duration of a college classroom session. Dr. Shutt often gets a bit off topic and uses a number of digressions which are a little odd. Bottom line: If you are totally ignorant of the topic, want a "big picture" treatment, and don't mind the "classroom" lecture structure then check it out. Otherwise you might find something more substantial and tightly organized.
I usually have it on in the truck on my way to work. I think it's facinating how much we have garbled 1000 years of history into what we think is the spartan story at Thermopylae. Worth a listen if you want to delve into what Sparta actually was in the ancient world. Even better if you have read the Iliad, Odyssey and The Histories first.
This book did a great job of telling what is known. The author did a good job of injecting his own opinions about contested history while labeling them as that. I found the pace of the narration too slow but at 1.5x speed it was fine (I almost never use that feature).
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The information delivered is very good. It is broken into good, concise topics which can easily be listened to in short runs or back to back depending on how much time you have. However, it is very distracting to hear the professor struggling to make it through the lectures. I couldn't tell if he was eating while recording or had too much to drink. At times I had to stop because the sound of some old guy slobbering on his words and burping and sucking on his lips, being pumped directly into my ear, were too much. Also, the strange pauses are distracting. Like I say, the information is good, just be prepared to have audio slobber in your ears to get the info.
This is full of interesting information. Listening to it took me back in time to when I despised history professors. You get to hear every burp and lip smack as the old professor wheezes along.
I picture him wearing a brown Harris tweed jacket and carrying a syrofoam cup of water as he lectures.
The audiobook is good, you'll enjoy it. Just be warned, this is not Willaim Hurt performing The Sun Also Rises.
Found this to be a informative and enjoyable listen..Gives a great insight into all aspects of Spartan life.Definitly would recommend to all with an interest in this history period
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