Ancient Greece, indeed, lives on in modern culture, evidenced by an ever-present fascination with the tales of Homer, Greek drama, and the spectacular stories associated with Greek mythology. In the rise of Sparta and Athens, and the origins of democracy in Greek society, people today find a wealth of relevant material for understanding not only ancient Greece, but the modern world. And there is no greater fount of learning than that supplied by the immortal philosophers of Greece: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
©2007 Eric H. Cline; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC
This is a perfectly-pitched survey of Ancient Greece. If you're like me, you know the vague outlines of Greek history, but wanted to know more of the details. If so, this will be an excellent series of lectures for you: the lecturer gives you a solid outline of the historical facts, covering a bit of social history and philosophy along with the stories of the kings and warrriors, and he organizes it well, with summaries at the end to remind you of what you've learned. He never condescends, speaking briskly and packing lots of information into each short lecture.
By the way, the reviewer who says there is 'too much Christianity' in these lectures must be reviewing some other audiobook by mistake - there is no mention of Christianity at all in this one.
This series of lectures is extremely informative and enjoyable. A detailed overview of Greek history it is a very good introduction to the ancient Greeks. If you already have a working knowledge of Greek history it's a pretty good review if you don't it's an even better place to start. Well worth the time and money. I'd buy it again.
This audio book may serve as an introduction or review of the titled topic. Professor Cline is very easy to follow. I highly recommend this audiobook.
In lecture on Homer and the Trojan War Professor Cline repeatedly says Alexander where he is speaking of Paris. Editorial support is needed methinks; otherwise great stuff.
The lecture had great promise and I had hoped to enjoy it as much as I had the Modern Scholar lecture on Rome (which was excellent); however, this was not the case. Although deep with facts and interesting (due to the subject matter), there is a clear Christian bias throughout that pollutes the entire lecture and empties it of any credibility. Obviously Christianity is a huge part of the time period but should not have been given any more creedence than was given the Roman or Greek religions in their lectures. Unfortunately it was and this contaminates the descriptions of events, which events were more important than others and the motivations of many of the players. Very unprofessionally done IMHO due to this one glaring error. Too bad really. I do NOT recommend anyone waste their time with this but PLEASE do explore the many other Modern Scholar selections as the others I've tried have been excellent.
"Very good, as far as it goes"
Modern Scholar was recommended to me after I’d had iffy experiences with a couple of Great Courses ancient histories. I wasn’t disappointed. Eric H Cline is an actual professor rather than just another PhD, and presents his material with the assurance and fluency you’d expect. I felt that he did seem to lose a little of his early concision in the later lectures – there’s even an occasion where he repeats one whole point he’s just made – but he’s still much better overall than the Great Courses historians I'd heard.
Although the course is not very long, there’s enough in it to give you a once-and-for-all idea of how ancient Greek history hangs together, and how all those famous names fit in. I did feel that, for the relatively high price, Prof Cline could have added a fair bit more on Greek achievements other than the martial and the philosophical; for example, there’s next to nothing on either Greek theatre, Greek science, or Greek architecture, all of which have left their lasting mark on the world. Even so, you could do far worse than buy this if you want to get a real handle on one of the world’s greatest cultures.
"Very listenable and great content"
One of the better Modern Scholar presentations. Not only an interesting subject (no prior knowledge required) but well read too.
This is a great series isn't it? I've yet to find one of the Modern Scholar releases that doesn't show the spoken word format off at its best. Once again we have a deeply informed academic with an engaging and enthusiastic style offering a gripping overview of a subject which I thought I knew something about but on which it turns out I was pretty ignorant. This is big picture history spanning hundreds of years and huge swathes of the ancient world but Prof Cline keeps the story clipping along with a nice mixture of fine detail and broader analysis.
"easier than I thought"
I haven't always enjoyed the lecture format of 'modern scholar'- usually they have been good on content but rather difficult listening.
Eric Cline, however was very easy listening- but this was possibly because I knew the topic- or did a few years ago- and downloaded this series as a revision course before a trip to Greece. For that purpose it was excellent.
"Informative and fun"
A brilliant introduction to ancient greek history. Cline manages to make something so distant from modern life relateable.
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