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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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    Paul Stockbridge, GA, United States 05-24-16
    Paul Stockbridge, GA, United States 05-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!!"

    A wonderful journey through history. Fun and eye opening at the same time. Highly recommend.

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    Ian 05-20-16
    Ian 05-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"

    I looked forward to drive anywhere just so that I could listen to these lectures. If you love ancient history this is the book for you. If you always wonder how it would be to live in another time, this is for you. I was transported throughout history and loved every second of it!

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    Andrei Ibragimov 05-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely Amazing Historical Journey"

    I absolutely loved every minute of this book. Mr Garland is a master storyteller. Very captivating, informative and entertaining at the same time. Well recommended!

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    Brian Ralph Suter 05-12-16
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    "Fascinating insights"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World to be better than the print version?

    Yes - I can listen while driving to and from work!


    If you’ve listened to books by The Great Courses and Robert Garland before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    Have you listened to any of Professor Robert Garland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    I guess some chapters are more interesting than others, but thats inevitable !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    REMBERTO LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-11-16
    REMBERTO LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-11-16
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    "Very, very good!!!!!"

    Sometimes I wonder what motivates a person to go to such lengths to give this type of knowledge. Incredible work. Thank you.

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    Pieter saris 05-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    was a good telling of history. I enjoy the great courses. If you like history this was worth buying

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    Francesca Fiore 05-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely wonderful!"
    If you could sum up The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, insightful, moving


    What did you like best about this story?

    The focus was truly on the common person, with dashes of comparison between the nobility and the every day people to give perspective.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Robert Garland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but after this, am very excited to!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Even though it was 48 lectures long, I didn't want it to end!


    Any additional comments?

    A must for any ancient history lover, especially those of us who want to know more about the inner workings of every day life for people then. It helps make history feel alive and relatable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
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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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  • JL
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    10/9/13
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    "Nearest thing to time travel available"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World to be better than the print version?

    Superb, loved his Greece and Rome, bought this and couldn't get enough. A natural story teller just brings the lives of ordinary people to life. Just relax and let Professor Robert Garland read the narrative to you. Got to be even better than reading it for yourself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ancient Rome


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

    The leader of the Roman bandits which he did with an east end accent like Fagan from Oliver Twist or an English pirate.


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

    Infant mortality in the ancient and medieval world 25-30%. Starvation of the children left behind after their family were wiped out by the plague and having to beg in the streets. Throwing ones relative onto a passing plague cart from an upstairs window which for a deeply religious people must have been terrible, but they had no choice.


    Any additional comments?

    At 53 years of age I want to go to university and study history under Professor Garland. Along with the Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England and the Time Travellers Guide to Tudor England by Ian Mortimer this is a must for those that wish to learn about history from the viewpoint of ordinary people. Works such as these have taken a long time to appear, but now they they have I hope there is more to come.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Nr Langholm, United Kingdom
    8/18/13
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    "Well worth the listening"
    What did you like most about The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World?

    It informed about ordinary people through many cultures.


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

    Very well researched and read. Obviously interested in his subject and puts it across in an interesting and accessible way.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    1/31/15
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    "Excellent empathic history"

    Excellent narration with extraordinary breadth of research and insight into the other side of historical life across the classical and medieval periods. Wonderful example of empathic social history done with wit, intelligent charm and compassion.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • JOHN
    County Cork, Ireland
    2/1/14
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    "Brilliant Trip Back In Time"

    This was one of the best audiobooks I've purchased. The 48 30-minute lectures give a fascinating glimpse of what life was like for ordinary people in ancient and medieval times. The lectures are informed by a wealth of learning but are never stuffy or dry. On the contrary, they are very well written and are delivered in an excellent speaking voice by Professor Garland who brings the people "on the other side of history" brilliantly to life. Another reviewer has said that they are the nearest we'll get to a a trip by time-machine and that captures the essence of the lectures: as Prof Garland speaks we are back there with those ordinary people, sharing their hopes and fears and marveling how they coped without basic things we take for granted - medicine that is effective, spectacles to correct our vision, and so forth. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • richard
    IPSWICH, United Kingdom
    10/7/13
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    "A great Listen. plenty of it. Slight repetition."

    Entertaining and informative. Well presented by the prof. who sounds a bit of a stereotype, but his enthusiasm is evident and his empathy for ancient lives is clear.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sandy
    5/17/15
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    "like stepping back in time...."

    very good but doesn't half go on a bit... all good though, just like stepping back in time ;-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ducarta
    London, UK
    1/20/15
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    "A Captivating Journey!"

    It was an adventure to be sure and one that has kindled a new desire to know more about history, society and the human condition.

    The narrator is easy to listen to becuase he loves his job which brings you into the story without much struggle.

    I managed to listen all the way through doing a bit every day and highly recommend. I'll certainly resist a lecture or two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rodney Jones
    8/31/16
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    "Excellent!"

    One of the best Great Courses I have taken. I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Robert Jones
    1/28/16
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    "loved every second of it"

    The narration is excellent and makes easy listening of what is at times dense material. Professor Garland gives a very entertaining 101 style lecture

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LC
    8/5/15
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    "Shame about the narration"

    Good content but it was quite spoiled by the author pausing before almost every word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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