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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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    Very informative and interesting. Good structure and choice of material. Review must be 20 words.

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    Viktoriya Vayner 10-09-15
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    It was so interesting, detailed, and compelling. It is so nice to learn how the average person lived hundreds of years ago.

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    "Ancient History from Outsiders' Perspective"
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    This audio provides a unique holistic perspective of the everyday life of "normal' folks (including the what life was like for such outsiders as women, the poor, immigrants and the disabled) in ancient and middle ages. It is a perspective that makes history come alive. And it helps put the great events of history in context of an entire society, including groups we don't tend to hear enough about.

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    Little slow at times, but overall it's very informative and presented in a interesting way. Gives a huge amount of information, and Garland is enthusiastic and engaging. For being purely factual the course is entertaining, as though you were taking a course with a really good history professor.

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    Most of us read because we enjoy it. "Readlistening", I believe, should be even more of a pleasurable experience. The narrator should transport you. He should make you a part of the story. This course, this narrator, does all that. I believe that a lot more people would take up reading, or at least readlistening, if the presentations were as interesting and mesmerizing as Professor Garland's. There is nothing more relaxing than smoking a bong and sitting in the pool while listening to the life and times of Xerxes, Alexander the Great, and of the lives of civilizations long forgotten by the world. I own the three-available "Living History" lectures by Professor Garland. They all kick ass.

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    auapplemac 09-07-15
    auapplemac 09-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    Where does The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best. Haven't yet finished. I'm enjoying it so much that I'm doling it out slowly. Lecture is clear and concise. No rambling. Interesting antidotes. Lovely voice. Learned a great deal.


    What does Professor Robert Garland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His intonations and very personal approach. Love his voice and accent.


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    This covers so much history without getting bogged down in jargon. Keeps flowing with information about everyday life as well as an overview of each civilization. Wish there were more lectures by Prof. Garland available.

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    Rife 08-28-15
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    "Wonderful teacher - so knowledgeable"

    I really enjoyed all 48 of these lectures. I even laughed out loud at times when the professor made some funny comment on a certain subject. Never boring! Loved his use of Latin phrases with an explanation as to how that word morphed into our language and use of the word or phrase currently.

    This is my second group of Great Courses audiobooks and I highly recommend them to all ages. This speaker has a "minor lisp" in his speech, but I didn't find it distracting due to the excellent way he integrated the history and storyline in such down to earth terms and phrases for all levels of learners.

    By all means, listen to this "Other Side" of history, I feel certain you will enjoy it and learn something new at the same time.

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    "Immensely Enjoyable"

    Like a museum, but where the objects engage you instead of the other way around.

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    "Learning doesn't get more fun than this!"
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    I've both listened to and read many history books. Honestly, most of them turn into a wash of dates and facts by the last page, and little of them remains in memory. The sheer "interestingness" of this approach and how it's executed makes this a whole different experience.

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    Margaret 08-16-15
    Margaret 08-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Fabulous!"

    My husband and I are absolutely in love with this course. It was an amazing experience. From start to end ,on every level, the historic and scientific facts were presented in the most attractive way: by engaging the listener , making him part of the ancient world and force him to identify with those who are not mentioned in history books because they weren't rich and famous.
    The way professor Garland structured his course and delivered it is an ultimate perfection. We will buy all his courses that's how much we appreciate his work.
    We were listening to this course during our frequent travel from San Antonio to Houston and , normally tiering trips ,were passing fast because
    were filled with this fabulous courses. Better than any movie!



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