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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Sometimes I wonder what motivates a person to go to such lengths to give this type of knowledge. Incredible work. Thank you.
For most of humanity's existence, the "average-Joe" on the street wouldn't of been able to read this review. The only works of art they were likely to behold would reside in a place of worship. And if you were a female... GOOD LUCK!
Today, we are lucky enough to even be aware of the past. Being informed how our ancestors lived before us helps a craft a more all encompassing perspective on the history of our species. The genesis of my historical perspective on the "average-Joe" comes from these insightful lectures.
While scanning a vast arrary of civilizations, from the Anicnet Egyptian's to the peasants of mid-evil Britain, Dr. Garland takes the listener on a sweeping narrative of how 99% of people lived throughout the ages. This intriguing outlook on history is one that never even popped into my mind before listening to these lectures. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn about this fascinating subject. If you are a student of history, this is a must-listen for you!
Engaging, insightful, moving
The focus was truly on the common person, with dashes of comparison between the nobility and the every day people to give perspective.
I have not, but after this, am very excited to!
Even though it was 48 lectures long, I didn't want it to end!
A must for any ancient history lover, especially those of us who want to know more about the inner workings of every day life for people then. It helps make history feel alive and relatable.
Robert Garland is the professor you wish you had for all your classes in college. He makes history come alive and makes it relevant to our lives today. Most importantly, Professor Garland is in love with his subject, and which is palpable in every lecture. One of the very best Great Courses out there.
How Robert Garland EVER became a Great Courses lecturer is a mystery.
He has a speech impediment that is so distracting, I could only endure 45 minutes.
Absolutely! Interesting insights throughout the world and time.
Other great courses, because of the format.
His energy that makes it easy to be excited to learn new things with him.
Go and see this. Don't miss that. The most terrifying thing you ever saw is coming to baby sit for you tonight!
No, I think that will do...
Fascinating and meticulously researched, though I'd quibble with the Harold being shot in the eye thing. My med archaeology prof told us it was literally an embroidered fact ..stitched in belatedly on the Bayeaux Tapestry. Overall this is just oozing with delectable little details, all placed within a clear landscape of historical time and place. Could there be a more important subject matter? And could it be presented with more delightful character and humour? Nope. I could eat it. I'm sure to listen to it again and again.
I have nothing negative to say about this lecture. It was amazing and captivating. My only disappointment is that it's over. Absolutely fascinating material and presentation.
I so enjoyed the glimpses into the daily lives of so many cultural groups in history. My take-away insights include a deep sense of gratitude for how well I have it in this century, and the realization that, as a woman, I would have been imprisoned, raped, tortured, burned at the stake, or fed to lions (if I even made it to adulthood) for thinking, acting, and believing the way I do today. This Great Course is definitely worth a listen!
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