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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My husband and I are absolutely in love with this course. It was an amazing experience. From start to end ,on every level, the historic and scientific facts were presented in the most attractive way: by engaging the listener , making him part of the ancient world and force him to identify with those who are not mentioned in history books because they weren't rich and famous.
The way professor Garland structured his course and delivered it is an ultimate perfection. We will buy all his courses that's how much we appreciate his work.
We were listening to this course during our frequent travel from San Antonio to Houston and , normally tiering trips ,were passing fast because
were filled with this fabulous courses. Better than any movie!
Yes, completely. The material was interesting, but most importantly the presentation is flawless. There are some conclusions which the Professor makes that I would disagree with. For instance his assertion that Old people weren't taken care off because there wasn't public assistance is flawed. Especially since he just finished saying about how close the family (and how large). While it is possible that some childless person was on a street, it is important to note that family wasn't Father-Mother-Child but Grandparents, Nephews, Cousins, Uncles, etc..etc... Each with a duty to the other, both by tradition and often by civil laws. While we don't honestly know how old people were taken care off, I think we can safely assume that it was duty of the younger generation to handle the older one. Of course people didn't tend to live that long, so that is mostly a moot point.Even with such assertion, I can't recommend this audiobook enough! The presentation, the dry English Humor, the anecdotes, etc.. are all done to perfection. I think everybody who has any interesting in the subject should pick this up and listen, you will not be disappointed. I am certain that I will re-listen to this multiple times!
The Professor :)
His presentation, his voice, anecdotes, humor, and knowledge all via for the top spot as to why I loved this book.
Discussion about the Slaves was at times exceptionally moving.
Just listen to it, you will love it.
Well into my adult years I had a fear of history much like the math fear so many talk about. I also detested it, or what passed for history in every course I took. How could one really memorize all those deadly dull dates and recounts of battles. Why can anyone beat to read about it or listen to it without falling asleep. My feeling was, Give me a math or science course any day! But now I realize that there is another side of history and in my sixties I began to read about it. And this is one of the best. I will be listening to more of Dr. Garland's lectures.
Harm None, Love All
I thought that this was a well done course. The history of everyday life of regular people. Most history is about the rich and famous people, but this course tell about life for the ordinary people. And the Professor's narration is captivating and entertaining. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in ancient history. Thank you for a great read (listen).
The thread of human history woven through the lives of the common person is passionately and clearly presented with a rare combination of breadth and detail that is more compelling than any historical novel I've ever read,
Professor Garland does a masterful job of presenting history in a way that makes it truly fascinating. History had always been tedious for me. All those names, all those dates, all those wars -- all devoid of human context. Prof. Garland provides just enough historical context to bring the long-forgotten events into rich perspective. His presentation is engaging and enthusiastic. Love that he loves his subject so much. Thank you Prof. Garland!!
Professor Garland week take you on an epic journey through history, showing you life and letting you live, as an ordinary forgotten person at various times across thousands of years.
I look to my reading material, movies I see, and everywhere and everything around me to teach me how to live, what to do, and above all what the truth is. I learn everyday from the truths I see and the untruths too. I appreciate Audible for helping me continue my daily education in the art of living life.
This professor really knows his stuff! He has carefully included so much detail from the common man's perspective. It isn't cold, stuffy history. It's alive and relevant. Very entertaining. Inspirational. I'll listened to this course over and over and never get tired of hearing it.
"Nearest thing to time travel available"
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.
The leader of the Roman bandits which he did with an east end accent like Fagan from Oliver Twist or an English pirate.
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.
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.
"Well worth the listening"
It informed about ordinary people through many cultures.
Very well researched and read. Obviously interested in his subject and puts it across in an interesting and accessible way.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"like stepping back in time...."
very good but doesn't half go on a bit... all good though, just like stepping back in time ;-)
"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.
"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
"Shame about the narration"
Good content but it was quite spoiled by the author pausing before almost every word.
Fantastic course. The information is invaluable and it is narrated in a very pleasant and easy to understand manner. Outstanding work! I enjoyed every second.
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