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.
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I very much enjoyed this cultural overview rather than an historical one. The overall connectedness of the thread of human life was well done. The touching stories of grief and loss and the wonder of beautiful objects helped me connect with humans from Neolithic to Medeval times. I will look forward to another course by Dr. Garland.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Yes - I can listen while driving to and from work!
I guess some chapters are more interesting than others, but thats inevitable !
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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