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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Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
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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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.
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.
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.
It's not all bad. I just don't really feel like learning history through the lens of feminism. Sorry.
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.
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!!!
There has not been much written about the average person in those times. Now you have it
Trash dumps in Egypt where records are being found
He presents the subject in the form as one of those he is talking about
You will have fun in this course besides learning a lot.
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.
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
From the Dark Sky of Natural History Comes a Bright Spark
Want to listen to it again, and again.
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