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Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean | [The Great Courses]

Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean

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 and 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.
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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.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2008 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2008 The Great Courses

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    Julia SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 09-06-13
    Julia SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2008

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks.

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    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!

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    lynn rocky mount, VA, United States 08-15-13
    lynn rocky mount, VA, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean in three words, what would they be?

    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


    What other book might you compare Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean to and why?

    dont have anything to compare it with


    What about Professor Robert Garland’s performance did you like?

    very good voice and understanding of the subject


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    just more understanding and learning of the classical world


    Any additional comments?

    great course

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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 05-28-14
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2010

    Audio-addict!!

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    "Phenomenal listen!!! A superior audiobook!"

    I have enjoyed most of the Great Courses I've bought. This lecture is one of the best, with a great depth of information and excellent analysis and synthesis of ancient societies of Greece and Rome. It has been my experience to read and study Greek and Roman civilizations quite separately, making it seem that they are many centuries apart. But in truth, the "classic" age of Greece takes place during the early life of Rome. The Hellenistic period is during Rome's rise to power. Professor Garland provides excellent synthesis of the material in the proper context, demonstrating the interplay of the two cultures. He explores both cultures and governments, with an emphasis on the differences, similarities, and strengths of each society, and how each influenced the other. I have recently finished listening to a half dozen books about ancient civilizations, including the histories of Rome and Greece. This lecture is an excellent find for me- bringing it all together for a better understanding. The approach taken by Professor Garland reshapes the study of these two great societies, giving the listener a new perspective and a fuller and more complex world view.

    But the biggest reason I recommend this lecture series is that it's just a really interesting and fun listen!! The teacher is excellent the material is fascinating, and it's just a truly enjoyable experience! Each lecture is engaging and compelling. I kept thinking- ok just one more lecture before bed... That kept happening well into the night, so that I was up early into the next morning, fighting sleep just to hear a little bit more.

    This audiobook/lecture is a complete success, and I'm forever grateful that the Great Courses series is available through Audible!! If you are interested in the time period or in the history of either Rome or Greece, you will enjoy this audiobook!! It is one of the best, and the professor is a joy. Don't pass it up! If you are interested enough to read this review, then you should get this audiobook now!! :)

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Perth, Australia 03-25-14
    Peter Perth, Australia 03-25-14 Member Since 2009
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    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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