Integrated approaches to teaching Greek and Roman history are a rarity in academia. Most scholars are historians of either Greek or Roman history and perform research solely in that specific field, an approach that author and award-winning Professor Robert Garland considers questionable.
In these 36 passionate lectures, he provides an impressive and rare opportunity to understand the two dominant cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world in relation to one another - a relationship that has virtually no parallel in world history. He shows you how these two very different cultures intersected, coincided, and at times, collided.
You'll discover the extraordinary culture that we call Greco-Roman: a unique fusion of civilizations that encompasses statecraft, mythology, language, philosophy, fine arts, architecture, science, and much else. Who were the Greeks and the Romans? How did they organize their societies? How did they interact?
In this unique integrated historical approach, you'll see how Greece and Rome's relationship resembled a marriage: two distinct personalities competing in some areas, sharing in others, and sometimes creating a new synthesis of the two civilizations. And you'll consider their more substantive cultural differences, including religion, their views of foreigners, and their ways of thinking.
You'll delight in the variety of sources - literature, archaeology, the visual arts, coinage, inscriptions - that Professor Garland draws upon to assemble a fascinating and complex picture of these two great civilizations. And you'll appreciate how he keeps Greece and Rome focused on how this material affects us today.
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I listen to a lot of audiobooks.
Apart from Professor Garland's jerky manner of speech, which grew on me, this audiobook series is absolutely fascinating. I appreciated the integrated history of Greece and Rome from all angles, including other groups like the Etruscans and some mention of other tribes and the Egyptians. I had a fuzzy picture of what these cultures were like and how they fit together, but did not understand the big picture until I listened to these excellent and well researched lectures. The biggest aspect I appreciate by Professor Garland is his storytelling ability and charm. I love how he organizes the courses. Highly recommended for history fans!
great course very instructor has a good voice and is very good on the subject.
a must buy for people looking to increase their learning on the ancient Greek and Roman world
dont have anything to compare it with
very good voice and understanding of the subject
just more understanding and learning of the classical world
Really, really excellent summation of how these two cultures coexisted, intermingled and influenced....the whole world. I was relatively familiar with Roman history, but found the interconnectedness with the Greeks had passed me by. I now feel that I have a much greater understanding of this pivotal period. Very grateful I bought this series. PS Prof Garland is brilliant, and has the fairly standard upper class british lisp. Makes you think the Brits have no speech therapists as well as few (no?) dentists. I found the lisp endearing - this man has a brain the size of a planet. Ill forgive anything, even a few shh sounds where there should be "s".
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