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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

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.
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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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    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 04-08-15
    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2015

    Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.

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    "Wonderful"

    I've listened to quite a few of the Great Courses, and this has been one of my favorites so far. I listened to it twice in succession because there was so much information, and because it was entertaining enough to do that.

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    AlexIndia Fort Worth, TX, United States 04-06-15
    AlexIndia Fort Worth, TX, United States 04-06-15 Member Since 2011

    I am a national speaker on the relationship between the ancient western civilization and present day politics. Follow me!

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    "Great complement to other great courses"

    I enjoyed the lecture in all its parts. A bit of the professors views are not the same as mine however. For example I don't think women were as 2nd class as he makes them sound. Women I believe naturally enjoy playing the role that they were intended to play. It is in there nature. Also I disagree with the idea that slavery was wrong. Given the choices and conditions of the victors in ancient times, slavery was showing mercy to the defeated conquered masses. I think like a Roman a bit more than the professor, but overall it was well worth the time and cost and would listen again in the future.

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    Kelly 04-01-15
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    Was able to hold my interest through the entire book. I would recommend this is a listen to anyone.

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    Amazon Customer Schaumburg, IL, United States 03-28-15
    Amazon Customer Schaumburg, IL, United States 03-28-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Feminism plus ancient history"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    FYI, if you really don't feel like spending thirty dollars on an audio lecture that applies feminism to history, then you probably don't want to waste your time with this.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don't know. I am so sick and tired of this feminist/sjw thing, that I don't think there is anything in the universe that can force me to sit through it any longer.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not all bad. I just don't really feel like learning history through the lens of feminism. Sorry.

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    Scott Forbes 03-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    This course is exactly what you're looking for if the title interests you. The professor goes over so much information from the clothes ancient people's wore to what their houses would of been like.

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    "Truly excellent"

    I loved every single chapter of this lecture series. An enthralling journey through time that takes you to parts of history seldom taught but most relevant to our lives. I learned a very great deal. Thank you!!!

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    "Be educated and have fun"
    If you could sum up The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World in three words, what would they be?

    Knowledgeable
    Entertaining
    Humor


    What did you like best about this story?

    There has not been much written about the average person in those times. Now you have it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Trash dumps in Egypt where records are being found


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

    He presents the subject in the form as one of those he is talking about


    Any additional comments?

    You will have fun in this course besides learning a lot.

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    Amazon Customer Oregon City OR 03-20-15
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    "More intriguing as it went on"

    The lecturer took some getting used to, but overall I'm glad I listened, and I'll listen to it again.

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    Amazon Customer 03-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A fascinating journey."

    I have listened to around 10 courses from The Great Courses and this is so far the greatest. It is a fascinating and harrowing journey though time. Mr. Garland is a true master at story telling, at placing the listener in the mind frame of their distant brethren.

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    "Best Audio Book I've Listened To"
    If you could sum up The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World in three words, what would they be?

    Touching
    Educational
    Brilliant


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World?

    The occasional etymologies, the connection to daily life of peoples long gone and how their lives impact us, learning historic cultures as if they were new


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    From the Dark Sky of Natural History Comes a Bright Spark


    Any additional comments?

    Want to listen to it again, and again.

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