Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.
The past truly comes alive as you take a series of imaginative leaps into the world of history's anonymous citizens, people such as a Greek soldier marching into battle in the front row of a phalanx; an Egyptian woman putting on makeup before attending an evening party with her husband; a Greek citizen relaxing at a drinking party with the likes of Socrates; a Roman slave captured in war and sent to work in the mines; and a Celtic monk scurrying away with the Book of Kells during a Viking invasion.
Put yourself in the sandals of ordinary people and discover what it was like to be among history's 99%. What did these everyday people do for a living? What was their home like? What did they eat? What did they wear? What did they do to relax? What were their beliefs about marriage? Religion? The afterlife?
This extraordinary journey takes you across space and time in an effort to be another person - someone with whom you might not think you have anything at all in common - and come away with an incredible sense of interconnectedness. You'll see the range of possibilities of what it means to be human, making this a journey very much worth taking.
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Transplanted New Yorker living on Cape Cod
This lecture series has been incredibly interesting, engrossing, informative AND entertaining. I've really enjoyed the professors expertise and depth of information on so many aspects of daily life across eons of time. His wit, humor and just a touch of personableness ultimately catapulted this series to the top of my most enjoyed Great Courses! So far. I highly recommend this series to anyone and especially to those wishing to broaden and deepen their own perspective on being human.
I think that this is a great series of lectures. Perhaps because it has been studied for such a long time and there are typical topics to look at, ancient history is often about battles and kings.
Furthermore, Professor Garland is exactly the sort of thoughtful, genuine, and interested lecturer who can carry a lecture series.
The only fault--or at least something to be clear about--is that the title is a misnomer. It is the other side of Western history so don't expect to learn much about daily life in ancient China, South America, Africa, India, etc.
Still, I found it very worthwhile.
A wonderful account of history from Neanderthals to the Middle Age society.
Robert Garland is extremely knowledgeable. He does have some lengthy pauses between thoughts at times which can be distracting.
This course takes you into the every day lives of ancient peoples, and all of their trials, tribulations, and any joy there was to be had. Garland's passion is in every word he utters, and he breaths life into those long dead. What he has taught me is that these people are not antiquted and lost footnotes in history, but they are you and they are me. Do yourself a favor and take this journey as I will again. .
No, I have about two hours of driving in the car to and from work each day. These courses make the time so much more pleasant.
More courses from Dr Garland!!!
This audio provides a unique holistic perspective of the everyday life of "normal' folks (including the what life was like for such outsiders as women, the poor, immigrants and the disabled) in ancient and middle ages. It is a perspective that makes history come alive. And it helps put the great events of history in context of an entire society, including groups we don't tend to hear enough about.
Little slow at times, but overall it's very informative and presented in a interesting way. Gives a huge amount of information, and Garland is enthusiastic and engaging. For being purely factual the course is entertaining, as though you were taking a course with a really good history professor.
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