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The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World Lecture

The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

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    Aliaksei 01-03-17
    Aliaksei 01-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "interesting content, annoying delivery "

    The course was interesting; content well structured and detailed. However, author's tendency to insert pauses after every word made the book painful to listen to.

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    Stef 01-01-17
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    "Fascinating"

    Prof. Robert Garland knows how to captivate the audience. His passion for ancient people is enduring. A truly worth while listen.

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    Amazon Customer Rutherford, NJ 12-30-16
    Amazon Customer Rutherford, NJ 12-30-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Informative and entertaining!"

    in every class I learn something new and it help me understand and appreciate the world we live in today.

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    RK 12-16-16
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    "enjoyable structure and narrative"

    worth the cost and I'll listen to multiple times. structure allows jumping around, and narrative is pleasant and insightful.

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    Cristina Torzilli 12-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful book and lecture too!"

    it's so interesting that I listen and listen again! Clear and interesting, it's a great adventure of "our" daily past life. Thank you Professor Garland!

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    travis 11-30-16
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    "love the great courses"

    it's been nothing short of a pleasure to listen to these courses, I can't wait for the next one!

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    Joe 11-29-16
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    "Wow! I learned a lot. Impressive schlorship."

    My expectations were high and were met. Professor Garland is 100% on all metrics. A nuanced appreciation of history will nclude all of the viewpoints Dr. Garland expounded upon in these lectures

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 11-29-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Incredible, one-of-a-kind course"

    This is a truly original audiobook course which delves into the lives of "ordinary people" throughout prehistoric, ancient and medieval history.

    The professor states at the outset that this very course is his life's passion, and you can really tell that he's not lying.

    The course brilliantly focuses only on common folks and eschews dwelling on grand historical figures who we all know by name. Garland takes careful steps to put you in the shoes of the people he is talking about, discussing the subtleties around lifestyle customs which we might otherwise find abhorrent, but which Garland takes special care to not blindly criticize.

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    "Fascinating and Humbling"

    This course has not only scratched an itch of curiosity, it has also given me an immense appreciation and understanding of how and why we live the way we do today. Five stars, sir!

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    Al Weir 11-23-16
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    "Good lecture series"

    Great information and very enlightening. Had a hard time with the speakers cadence and somewhat haughty attitude in the reading.

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  • JL
    United Kingdom
    10/9/13
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    "Nearest thing to time travel available"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World to be better than the print version?

    Superb, loved his Greece and Rome, bought this and couldn't get enough. A natural story teller just brings the lives of ordinary people to life. Just relax and let Professor Robert Garland read the narrative to you. Got to be even better than reading it for yourself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ancient Rome


    Which character – as performed by Professor Robert Garland – was your favourite?

    The leader of the Roman bandits which he did with an east end accent like Fagan from Oliver Twist or an English pirate.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Infant mortality in the ancient and medieval world 25-30%. Starvation of the children left behind after their family were wiped out by the plague and having to beg in the streets. Throwing ones relative onto a passing plague cart from an upstairs window which for a deeply religious people must have been terrible, but they had no choice.


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    At 53 years of age I want to go to university and study history under Professor Garland. Along with the Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England and the Time Travellers Guide to Tudor England by Ian Mortimer this is a must for those that wish to learn about history from the viewpoint of ordinary people. Works such as these have taken a long time to appear, but now they they have I hope there is more to come.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Nr Langholm, United Kingdom
    8/18/13
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    "Well worth the listening"
    What did you like most about The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World?

    It informed about ordinary people through many cultures.


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

    Very well researched and read. Obviously interested in his subject and puts it across in an interesting and accessible way.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    1/31/15
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    "Excellent empathic history"

    Excellent narration with extraordinary breadth of research and insight into the other side of historical life across the classical and medieval periods. Wonderful example of empathic social history done with wit, intelligent charm and compassion.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • JOHN
    County Cork, Ireland
    2/1/14
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    "Brilliant Trip Back In Time"

    This was one of the best audiobooks I've purchased. The 48 30-minute lectures give a fascinating glimpse of what life was like for ordinary people in ancient and medieval times. The lectures are informed by a wealth of learning but are never stuffy or dry. On the contrary, they are very well written and are delivered in an excellent speaking voice by Professor Garland who brings the people "on the other side of history" brilliantly to life. Another reviewer has said that they are the nearest we'll get to a a trip by time-machine and that captures the essence of the lectures: as Prof Garland speaks we are back there with those ordinary people, sharing their hopes and fears and marveling how they coped without basic things we take for granted - medicine that is effective, spectacles to correct our vision, and so forth. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • richard
    IPSWICH, United Kingdom
    10/7/13
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    "A great Listen. plenty of it. Slight repetition."

    Entertaining and informative. Well presented by the prof. who sounds a bit of a stereotype, but his enthusiasm is evident and his empathy for ancient lives is clear.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sandy
    5/17/15
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    "like stepping back in time...."

    very good but doesn't half go on a bit... all good though, just like stepping back in time ;-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ducarta
    London, UK
    1/20/15
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    "A Captivating Journey!"

    It was an adventure to be sure and one that has kindled a new desire to know more about history, society and the human condition.

    The narrator is easy to listen to becuase he loves his job which brings you into the story without much struggle.

    I managed to listen all the way through doing a bit every day and highly recommend. I'll certainly resist a lecture or two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew J Nolan
    1/22/17
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    "Simply brilliant"

    This course gives a great idea of what it was like to be an ordinary person. The course covers all stages of a persons life,and is very informative. Robert Garland makes a great host.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rodney Jones
    8/31/16
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    "Excellent!"

    One of the best Great Courses I have taken. I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Robert Jones
    1/28/16
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    "loved every second of it"

    The narration is excellent and makes easy listening of what is at times dense material. Professor Garland gives a very entertaining 101 style lecture

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