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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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!
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
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.
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!
Phenomenal. Best great course I've listened so far and I've listened to many. Never a dull moment. Incredibly captivating material covered. I can't wait to listen to his other lectures! He has great presence and a good speaking voice as well as deep insight. Also he's funny! Most of the great courses professors have no personality but he does! I definitely don't know what to think of humanity after finishing this course. It's very troubling. Loved the section on Ancient Egypt most of all. Utterly fascinating.
At the end Professor Garland said "I'm not ready to let you go..." He surprisingly read my mind, I wished these chapters never ended. It was the best course I've listened to so far and deeply affected me. I couldn't help but cry at the end. Thank you so very much.
Professor Garland is amazing, witty, and presents the information in a way that having to "put the book down" is so hard to do! The information is non-stop action with incredibly fascinating details and presented in a manner that keeps you wanting more. This is a brilliant lecture series and shows a depth of detail that no doubt came from extensively attained research. This is one book I have (and can easily) listened to over and over as there is so much to learn from it I didn't want to miss one detail.
Robert Garland does a very nice job with this course. He's obviously deeply passionate about this type of history and does a great job illuminating daily life from thousands to hundreds of years ago. My only nitpick is that he does have a smidgen of bias toward certain topics or against them. This is understandable. Overall he kept his partiality to a bare minimum. I enjoyed the course and will probably find other courses of his to enjoy.
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