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The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World | [The Great Courses]

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.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

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    Lisa ALBANY, OR, United States 11-06-13
    Lisa ALBANY, OR, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story Awefull voice!"
    How could the performance have been better?

    I keep getting distracted by the guy's slur or lisp. I just can't get past it. The story is really good but I just can't concentrate because of the voice.


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    Rita Fort Worth, TX, United States 10-23-13
    Rita Fort Worth, TX, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring history 101"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you know nothing at all about ancient history and like a slow paced, laboriously academic lecture style, this is a decent intro.


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't like this canned approach to subjects, so I doubt I will try any more of these. /found the applause noise and loooong introductions to content tedious. Prefer well written books instead.


    Any additional comments?

    So basic as to be pretty boring if you've studied any archaeology, prehistory, or ancient history.

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    A. Booth Vancouver, BC 10-10-13
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    "Fascinating"
    What did you love best about The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World?

    A unique, fascinating point of view of the lives of regular people in history. Good pacing and presentation of the lectures.


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    Fritha Yakima, WA, United States 09-30-13
    Fritha Yakima, WA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Interesting but narrator detracts."

    This is an interesting lecture series. It is unfortunate that the author has such a staccato manner of speaking. His homophobic beliefs are obvious and insulting to many but if one can put aside his prejudice, the material is good. He certainly is not misogynistic.

    The clapping (canned) and music between each lecture is an absolute pain. WHY was this necessary?

    I won't buy another by this lecturer, his manner and narration preclude this. But if you can ignore all that, listen to it.

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    T. Lowry Pa USA 08-27-13
    T. Lowry Pa USA 08-27-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Fantastic!"
    Where does The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to over 500 Audible titles and this is certainly in the top 10. The author clearly has great knowledge and passion for his work.


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

    I thought the part on Sparta was especially good, such as how kids were put in positions where they had to steal to survive,. But there were many, many memorable parts.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Robert Garland – was your favorite?

    He didn't actually have "characters" as it was a lecture, not a reading.


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

    The peasants aren't revolting after all.


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    Linda Holladay, UT, United States 01-27-14
    Linda Holladay, UT, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2007

    Utah Granny who loves to knit, golf, do genealogy, cook, garden, read and be with family. Yes, I am a Mormon and glad to be.

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    "Good content but lateral lisp of narrator distract"

    Great content and most informative especially since it given from the point of view of a common person during the various times covered.

    A severe lateral lisp in the professor (narrator) is extremely distracting. He cannot say "s" without an escape of air in a Donald Duck like manner. Sad because Professor Garland seems very knowledgeable with a good sense of humor.

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    Jeanine New York, NY, United States 08-14-13
    Jeanine New York, NY, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    Shows but does not tell. Was very dull and I love this topic. Passive voice and not at all entertaining.

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    Elad D.N. Hevel Eilot, Israel 08-01-13
    Elad D.N. Hevel Eilot, Israel 08-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good idea, only fair execution"

    The idea is solid: look not at the great and famous people who made history, but rather at the anonymous John and Jane Doe of various cultures throughout the ages. I'm disappointed. It should have been a lot better. He should, for example, have gone deeper into the clashes between Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens, between the Egyptians and the Hebrews, and the Greeks and the Hebrews. Still, I'm not returning it and I plan to slog through it, because there is what to learn.

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