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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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    Kam 05-04-16
    Kam 05-04-16
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    "History comes alive"

    Robert Garland is the professor you wish you had for all your classes in college. He makes history come alive and makes it relevant to our lives today. Most importantly, Professor Garland is in love with his subject, and which is palpable in every lecture. One of the very best Great Courses out there.

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    mitchell j. sojack 05-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lisp is unbearable!!!!!"

    How Robert Garland EVER became a Great Courses lecturer is a mystery.

    He has a speech impediment that is so distracting, I could only endure 45 minutes.

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    Stuart 04-22-16
    Stuart 04-22-16
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    "Great perspective."
    Would you listen to The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World again? Why?

    Absolutely! Interesting insights throughout the world and time.


    What other book might you compare The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World to and why?

    Other great courses, because of the format.


    What about Professor Robert Garland’s performance did you like?

    His energy that makes it easy to be excited to learn new things with him.


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

    Go and see this. Don't miss that. The most terrifying thing you ever saw is coming to baby sit for you tonight!


    Any additional comments?

    No, I think that will do...

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    Penelope 04-17-16
    Penelope 04-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely stellar."

    Fascinating and meticulously researched, though I'd quibble with the Harold being shot in the eye thing. My med archaeology prof told us it was literally an embroidered fact ..stitched in belatedly on the Bayeaux Tapestry. Overall this is just oozing with delectable little details, all placed within a clear landscape of historical time and place. Could there be a more important subject matter? And could it be presented with more delightful character and humour? Nope. I could eat it. I'm sure to listen to it again and again.

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    Jay A. Lobb 04-12-16
    Jay A. Lobb 04-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Simply superb."

    I have nothing negative to say about this lecture. It was amazing and captivating. My only disappointment is that it's over. Absolutely fascinating material and presentation.

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    S. Dunlap 03-31-16
    S. Dunlap 03-31-16
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    "Really interesting!"

    I so enjoyed the glimpses into the daily lives of so many cultural groups in history. My take-away insights include a deep sense of gratitude for how well I have it in this century, and the realization that, as a woman, I would have been imprisoned, raped, tortured, burned at the stake, or fed to lions (if I even made it to adulthood) for thinking, acting, and believing the way I do today. This Great Course is definitely worth a listen!

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    James 03-29-16
    James 03-29-16 Member Since 2012

    I am an environmental engineer who loves history, physics, lectures, and thrillers.

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    "Garland's best lecture series by a landslide"
    Would you listen to The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World again? Why?

    Yes I would. I would also listen to this with others and then discuss their interpretations and findings in detail. This lecture series acted as a conduit to several historical time periods that had not interested me in the past. I have to believe this was Garland's masterpiece, because "experiencing great events", though excellent, does not have the same thoughtfulness embedded within the lectures.


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

    I cannot isolate a single lecture. The title provides the listener with an excellent idea of what to expect, and Garland doesn't disappoint. The depth and imagery provided in each lecture really allows for you to empathize with all classes of people in world history.


    What about Professor Robert Garland’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the depth and enthusiasm that he teaches with. I had listened to two of his other series prevoiusly, and had adjusted to his voice beforehand. I understand that this may not be what you are accustomed to as an audible listener. Garland does not sound like a professional narrator, but the authenticity that comes with his less-than-professional voice is worth the wait.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I cannot imagine that you could listen to this all in one sitting. The lectures are isolated by class and historical time period (i.e. Roman Slaves). There is little continuity. This is not the audiobook version of the TV show "Lost". That said, I did listen to these lectures for 7 hours one sunday as i was hiking, cleaning, and cooking.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot say enough to convey my appreciation to Robert Garland for taking decades of research and experience and diluting them down to this course. He answers as many questions any history fan could ever reasonably ask in one lecture series. This was one of the best of the "Great Courses", next to "The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal". I also enjoyed how this book was not continuous. I understand how that sounds, but while I was cooking with my girlfriend we could begin a new lecture and discuss it with minimal explanation of what the lecture series included. This is a great experience for any listener, and a great investment.

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    Amazon Customer 03-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating"

    Garland delivers a tour de force, bringing history to life. I'm a PhD and professional historian but I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    Amazon Customer 03-17-16 Member Since 2015

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    "So"

    The was the first Great Courses lecture series that I listened to.I have always loved history and looked forward to this series of lectures. I was not disappointed. The lectures flowed smoothly from one period to another. The material was fascinating and the lecturer had a fabulous way of presenting the material. He was animated in his presentation and kept me interested from beginning to end.

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    TofuGirlSF 03-11-16
    TofuGirlSF 03-11-16

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    "Unfocused, overly wordy, prof stuck on himself"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who hasn't read anything at all on this subject. He appears to have read Guns Germs and Steel along with some high school history textbooks and paraphrased them.


    Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses and Robert Garland again?

    Yes to Great Courses. NEVER to Robert Garland.


    What didn’t you like about Professor Robert Garland’s performance?

    It takes him 10 words when 1 would do. He goes on long tangents way off the subject, perhaps because he really doesn't have anything to say on the topic. He frequently congratulates himself.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World?

    I stuck through the first four chapters hoping that he was warming up, but it stayed AWFUL.


    Any additional comments?

    This book does NOT live up to its title. I feel kind of tricked.

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