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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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    Kim M. Tampa, FL, United States 06-01-16
    Kim M. Tampa, FL, United States 06-01-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Finally, a History of The Average Joe (and Jane)!"

    Biographies of famous historical figures, while interesting, are a dime (or Audible credit) a dozen. What I really wanted to learn about were the daily routines and slice-of-life narratives about regular people who inhabited the world during ancient times. That is precisely what this book delivers.

    It's honest, raw, humorous, and somehow still sensitive in its delivery. There's a huge scope of material being covered here, and it works with the presentation. Each chapter is a sort of snapshot in time, a day in the life of someone with whom I can identify, because Professor Garland makes each accessible and understandable to the layperson. You don't have to be a student of history, art, or science to find this book interesting and understandable.

    I purchased this book as one of two audiobooks to take with me on a trip to Europe. I'm so glad I did! I was able to connect some locations I visited and artifacts in a museum to the faces of individuals conjured in my mind by his vivid descriptions and the humanity he brought to his subjects.

    I'm pleased with this purchase and consider it one of my favorite Audible books.

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    Amazon Customer 05-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Best so far in The Great Courses"

    I loved these lectures. I could actually picture being in these ancient cultures and the courses were peppered with enough random facts to keep me interested. I highly recommend this book and narrator, especially to someone new to The Great Courses.

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    Katie Raser Portland, OR United States 05-30-16
    Katie Raser Portland, OR United States 05-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "absolutely loved it"

    I was so happy with this amazing lecture series. The lecturer is fantastic - obviously very knowledgeable, well spoken, and funny at times. I feel like I've really enriched my understanding of ancient peoples. This is a dense lecture and I think it will be worth a second listen in the future.

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    Paul Stockbridge, GA, United States 05-24-16
    Paul Stockbridge, GA, United States 05-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!!"

    A wonderful journey through history. Fun and eye opening at the same time. Highly recommend.

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    Ian 05-20-16
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    "Fantastic!"

    I looked forward to drive anywhere just so that I could listen to these lectures. If you love ancient history this is the book for you. If you always wonder how it would be to live in another time, this is for you. I was transported throughout history and loved every second of it!

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    Andrei Ibragimov 05-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely Amazing Historical Journey"

    I absolutely loved every minute of this book. Mr Garland is a master storyteller. Very captivating, informative and entertaining at the same time. Well recommended!

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    Brian Ralph Suter 05-12-16
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    "Fascinating insights"
    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?

    Yes - I can listen while driving to and from work!


    If you’ve listened to books by The Great Courses and Robert Garland before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    Have you listened to any of Professor Robert Garland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    I guess some chapters are more interesting than others, but thats inevitable !

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    REMBERTO LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-11-16
    REMBERTO LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-11-16
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    "Very, very good!!!!!"

    Sometimes I wonder what motivates a person to go to such lengths to give this type of knowledge. Incredible work. Thank you.

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    Pieter saris 05-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    was a good telling of history. I enjoy the great courses. If you like history this was worth buying

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    Francesca Fiore 05-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely wonderful!"
    If you could sum up The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, insightful, moving


    What did you like best about this story?

    The focus was truly on the common person, with dashes of comparison between the nobility and the every day people to give perspective.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Robert Garland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but after this, am very excited to!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Even though it was 48 lectures long, I didn't want it to end!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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