The Great Courses: Ancient History
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  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World | The Great Courses, Robert Garland

    The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
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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.

    Tantalizing time trip

    This lecture series spans 24 hours of listening time, covering thousands of years of human history and prehistory. Although it is a lecture series, it..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 21 2013 by Mark (Raglan, New Zealand)
  • The Art of War | The Great Courses

    The Art of War

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Andrew R. Wilson
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    Sun Tzu's The Art of War is a landmark achievement in the evolution of strategic thought. So universal and timeless are its tactics for pursuing a competitive advantage that some of the most notable people in government, sports, and the entertainment world have all quoted from its nearly 2500-year-old pages.

    Art of War Boot Camp

    Don't let the fact that this is the shortest one of the Great Courses discourage you from picking it up. It's worth listening to more than once, and i..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 11 2013 by Saud (United States)
  • Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations | The Great Courses

    Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
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    Locales like Mesopotamia or the Indus Valley, peoples like the Hittites or Assyrians, or rulers like Sargon, Hammurabi, and Darius are part of a long-dead antiquity, so shrouded with dust that we might be tempted to skip over them entirely, preferring to race forward along history's timeline in search of the riches we know will be found in our studies of Greece and Rome.

    Great material lecture

    It lays a foundation for further historical review

    Reviewed on June 08 2014 by AlexIndia (Fort Worth, TX, United States)
  • Lost Worlds of South America | The Great Courses

    Lost Worlds of South America

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Edwin Barnhart
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    Buried by the centuries on soaring mountain slopes and beneath arid deserts and lush jungles of South America, the remains of extraordinary, majestic civilizations-many unknown until recent decades-are now coming to light and raising tantalizing questions about what else may be awaiting discovery.Take an adventurous trek to these wilds of South America and the great civilizations of the ancients. In 24 eye-opening lectures, you'll take an in-depth look at the emerging finds and archaeological knowledge of more than 12 seminal civilizations.

    A Thorough Review based on Archaeology
    Reviewed on November 19 2013 by Mike (New Jersey)
  • History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective | The Great Courses

    History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gregory S. Aldrete
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    The ancient world has cast a long shadow, influencing our customs and religious beliefs, our laws, and the form of our governments. It has taught us when and how we make war or pursue peace. It has shaped the buildings we live and work in and the art we hang on our walls. It has given us the calendar that organizes our year and has left its mark on the games we play.

    Outstanding - Informative AND Entertaining

    For me this was one of those 'Can't put it down' epic audio titles. What's more I feel a better person for having listened to it.

    Overall, v..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 20 2013 by Matt (Parkdale, Australia)
  • Ancient Greek Civilization | The Great Courses

    Ancient Greek Civilization

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jeremy McInerney
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    Clearly, the Greeks are a source of much that we esteem in our own culture: democracy, philosophy, tragedy, epic and lyric poetry, history-writing, our aesthetic sensibilities, ideals of athletic competition, and more. But what is it about Hellenic culture that has made generations of influential scholars and writers view it as the essential starting point for understanding the art and reflection that define the West?

    Interpretive History, Not a Comprehensive Overview
    Reviewed on March 07 2014 by Mike (New Jersey)
  • Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age | The Great Courses

    Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jeremy McInerney
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    This series of 24 lectures examines a crucial period in the history of the ancient world, the age ushered in by the extraordinary conquests of Alexander the Great. In all the annals of the ancient world, few stories are more gripping than those from this era. In the opening lectures, you'll explore the enigma of Alexander, son of a brilliant father, yet always at odds with the man whom he succeeded. Just as important to these lectures are the in-depth discussions of the bounties of Hellenistic culture, which contributed landmark ideas in everything from philosophy, art and architecture, and religion.

    Good Overview of Alexander and Hellenistic Empires
    Reviewed on March 22 2014 by Mike (New Jersey)
  • Famous Greeks | The Great Courses

    Famous Greeks

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor J. Rufus Fears
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    Join Professor Fears for this riveting 24-lecture examination of fascinating figures who shaped the story of Greece from the Trojan War through the rise of Rome. What do their lives, studied in the context of their times, tell us about virtue and vice, folly and wisdom, success and failure? Inspired and informed by the monumental works of Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, and Plutarch, these lectures allow you to do exactly that, guided by a truly great teacher.

    Fine Introduction
    Reviewed on August 18 2013 by Abdur Abdul-Malik (Sacramento, CA USA)
  • The History of Ancient Rome | The Great Courses

    The History of Ancient Rome

    • ORIGINAL (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Garrett G. Fagan
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    Even today, the influence of Ancient Rome is indelible, with Europe and the world owing this extraordinary empire a huge cultural debt in almost every important category of human endeavor, including art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. At the peak of its power, Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability, unified in politics and law, stretching from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland. And it stood for almost 700 years.In this series of 48 spirited lectures, you'll see how a small village of shepherds and farmers rose to tower over the civilized world of its day and left a permanent mark on history. In telling Rome's riveting story, Professor Fagan draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and archaeological scholarship, to introduce the fascinating tale of Rome's rise and decline, including the famous events and personalities that have become so familiar: . Horatius at the bridge . Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage . Caesar assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey . The doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra . The mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula . The conversion of Constantine The course also addresses one of history's greatest questions: Why did the Roman Empire fall? And you'll learn why most modern scholars believe that the empire did not "fall" at all, but, rather, changed into something very different-the less urbanized, more rural, early medieval world.

    Fantastic

    Prof. Fagan was able to rekindle my love of ancient history. Having been out of undergrad for many years now, I had forgotten how much fun "otium cum ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 27 2013 by Amazon Customer (Wedemark, Germany)
  • Famous Romans | The Great Courses

    Famous Romans

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor J. Rufus Fears
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    These 24 lectures retell the lives of the remarkable individuals - the statesmen, thinkers, warriors, and writers -who shaped the history of the Roman Empire and, by extension, our own history and culture. Professor Fears divides his presentation into three "turning point" epochs in Roman history: Rome's war with Hannibal (the Second Punic War); Caesar and the end of the Roman Republic; and the imperial era between Augustus and Marcus Aurelius.

    Captivating Biography
    Reviewed on July 24 2013 by Abdur Abdul-Malik (Sacramento, CA USA)
  • The History of Ancient Egypt | The Great Courses

    The History of Ancient Egypt

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bob Brier
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    Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

    Incomprehensibly complete

    I once had the opportunity to listen to this series, and I did so twice. Now the opportunity to own it on Audible has put tears in my eyes, literally ..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 09 2013 by Nassir (Bainbridge Island, WA, United States)
  • Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor | The Great Courses

    Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
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    Embark on an unforgettable trip into the historical glories of the past with these 24 lectures that immerse you in the history of an often overlooked region of the ancient world. With Professor Harl as your guide, you'll plunge into the history of Asia Minor's great ancient civilizations and come face to face with eye-opening historical milestones. Among these: the rise of the Hittites, the legendary Trojan War, the birth of Western philosophy, the fiery Greek and Persian Wars, the victories of Alexander the Great, the dawn of the Hellenistic Age, the spread of early Christianity, the golden age of Byzantium, the birth of the Ottoman Empire, and much more.

    There Ain't Nothin Minor about this Asia!!! : )
    Reviewed on April 26 2014 by Mike (New Jersey)
  • The World of Byzantium | The Great Courses

    The World of Byzantium

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
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    Byzantium is too-often considered merely the "eastern rump" of the old Roman Empire, a curious and even unsettling mix of the classical and medieval. Yet it was, according to Professor Harl, "without a doubt the greatest state in Christendom through much of the Middle Ages," and well worth our attention as a way to widen our perspective on everything from the decline of imperial Rome to the rise of the Renaissance.

    Another piece of the puzzle

    WB ranks among the top. Dr. Harl provides another piece of the puzzle addressing the question of our relationship with the Middle East and Russia

    Reviewed on September 28 2013 by collin lau (hillsborough, california United States)
  • Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations | The Great Courses, Brian M. Fagan

    Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Brian M. Fagan
    • Narrated By Professor Brian M. Fagan
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    Where do we come from? How did our ancestors settle this planet? How did the great historic civilizations of the world develop? How does a past so shadowy that it has to be painstakingly reconstructed from fragmentary, largely unwritten records nonetheless make us who and what we are?

    These 36 lectures bring you the answers that the latest scientific and archaeological research and theorizing suggest about human origins, how populations developed, and the ways in which civilizations spread throughout the globe.

    Great Conceptually But Becoming Dated

    Although this is a course rather than a book, I would recommend it with reservation.

    Reviewed on September 25 2013 by Amazon Customer (San Antonio, TX, United States)
  • The Persian Empire | The Great Courses

    The Persian Empire

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John W. Lee
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    Over the span of 24 fascinating lectures, you'll take on the role of a history detective to discover the truth about the Persian Empire. You'll discover the key to the empire's success lay in its greatest rulers, each of whom played a critical role in shaping and strengthening a civilization we still remember today. Take this opportunity to complete your understanding of the ancient world and discover the humanity of the ancient Persians.

    Interesting story with some missing arguments!

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    Reviewed on July 28 2014 by Alireza ()
  • The Origin of Civilization | The Great Courses

    The Origin of Civilization

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Scott MacEachern
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    What defines a civilization? How did the first states emerge? How were the world's ancient states similar and different? Answer these and other dramatic questions with this grand 48-lecture course that reveals how human beings around the world transitioned from small farming communities to the impressive cultural and political systems that would alter the course of history.

    Not good as an intro to civilazations.

    I was looking for an entry point to the study of how civilizations arose. This lecture series ended up going into significant detail about archeologi..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 16 2013 by Neema Kasravi (Toronto, Ontario Canada)
  • Ancient Empires before Alexander | The Great Courses

    Ancient Empires before Alexander

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert L. Dise Jr.
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    Complete your knowledge of the ancient world with this comprehensive look at the dozen empires that flourished in the 2,000 years before the conquests of Alexander the Great. Over the course of 36 insightful lectures, you'll follow the Egyptians, the Mycenaean Greeks, the Persians, the Carthaginians, and others as they rise to glory, create administrative and military structures, clash with one another, and eventually collapse.

    No customer support from the publisher

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    Reviewed on August 11 2013 by Joshua (VALLEJO, CA, United States)
  • Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia | The Great Courses

    Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Alexis Q. Castor
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    All cultures lie in the shadow of ancient Mesopotamia-the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers that is now mostly encompassed by the borders of modern Iraq. In this fascinating series of 36 lectures, an award-winning teacher leads you on a vivid journey through Mesopotamian history-from Neolithic times to the age of Alexander the Great.

    Takes too Long to Educate

    To be fair, I have not yet made it past Chapter Four. My main problem with the course is that the introduction is far too long. The professor seems ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 10 2013 by Lady (BURNSVILLE, MN, United States)
  • Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean | The Great Courses, Robert Garland

    Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
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    Integrated approaches to teaching Greek and Roman history are a rarity in academia. Most scholars are historians of either Greek or Roman history and perform research solely in that specific field, an approach that author and award-winning Professor Robert Garland considers questionable.In these 36 passionate lectures, he provides and impressive and rare opportunity to understand the two dominant cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world in relation to one another-a relationship that has virtually no parallel in world history.

    Totally Fascinating
    Reviewed on September 06 2013 by Julia (SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States)
  • The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World | The Great Courses

    The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ian Worthington
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    Immerse yourself in this comprehensive survey of ancient Greece from 750 to 323 B.C.-from the emergence of Greece at the end of the Dark Ages to the final disintegration of Greek autonomy through the Macedonian kings Philip II and Alexander the Great.

    Excellent. Compelling and informative.
    Reviewed on September 17 2013 by Reid Kotlas (West Lebanon, NH)
  • The Age of Pericles | The Great Courses

    The Age of Pericles

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jeremy McInerney
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    The career of Pericles, the leading Athenian politician and general from c. 450 to 429 B.C., is a prism through which to view the "Golden Age" of Greece, a brief but remarkable era when Athens experienced a cultural flowering of extraordinary power and importance for Western culture. These 24 stimulating lectures present a well-rounded portrait of almost every aspect of Athenian life during the Golden Age.

    Unflinching look at the Golden Age of Athens

    Anyone can tell you that Western civilization owes much to the ancient Greeks. But few people can give you the insight of this lecturer. He gives an i..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 15 2014 by Sean (BELVEDERE TIBURON, CA, United States)
  • Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome | The Great Courses, John R. Hale

    Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John R. Hale
    • Narrated By Professor John R. Hale
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    Over the years, Classical archaeology has evolved from a pastime of collectors and antiquarians to a mature science. Today, the field is a multidisciplinary effort that involves not only traditional diggers, but also geologists, geographers, anthropologists, and linguists.These 36 lectures introduce you to this fascinating field of study. Professor Hale guides you through dozens of ancient sites with the skill of a born storyteller.

    Absolutely Fantastic!

    I bought this book because I was looking for something about Greece. I thought it was about Greek architecture because I wasn’t paying that much atten..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 21 2014 by Bookworm (New York, NY)
  • The Greek and Persian Wars | The Great Courses, John R. Hale

    The Greek and Persian Wars

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John R. Hale
    • Narrated By Professor John R. Hale
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    Spanning more than two centuries, the Greek and Persian wars forged a new world order, sparking developments in battle strategy, naval technology, world exploration, and art and culture that impact the world even today. These 24 lectures are your opportunity to survey this globe-spanning conflict and see the human experience behind some of the most remarkable episodes in ancient history.

    Outstanding

    Brilliant, enthusiastic lecture.

    Reviewed on January 21 2014 by DefendMeNow (VERNAL, UT, United States)
  • The Peloponnesian War | The Great Courses

    The Peloponnesian War

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
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    The Peloponnesian War pitted Athens and its allies against a league of city-states headed by Sparta. The ancient Greek historian Thucydides captured this drama with matchless insight in his classic eyewitness account of what was arguably the greatest war in the history of the world up to that time. These 36 half-hour lectures draw on Thucydides' classic account as well as other ancient sources to give you a full picture of the Greek world in uneasy peace and then all-out war in the late 5th century B.C.

    I cannot suggest this lecture series enough!

    Harl is great

    Reviewed on September 20 2014 by RayVon ()
  • Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire | The Great Courses

    Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
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    Alexander the Great-one of the most renowned figures in antiquity-has inspired everything from medieval romances to blockbuster movies, and military leaders from Julius Caesar to Napoleon to the U.S. general Norman Schwarzkopf. But who was this great king of Macedon? And why is he so legendary? These 36 spellbinding lectures take you deep inside the world of Alexander to witness the astonishing feats of military genius that made his name renowned for millennia after his death.

    Excellent!!!

    A great story about one of the most amazing personalities ever.

    Reviewed on July 28 2013 by Carlos Avalos (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Emperors of Rome | The Great Courses

    Emperors of Rome

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Garrett G. Fagan
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    What sort of men were the Roman emperors (and they were all men)? What background and training, if any, prepared them for their awesome responsibilities? What depravities did they display? And what achievements can they claim: laws passed, monuments built, lands and peoples conquered? Dive into these questions and more with this introduction to the complex personalities of emperors such as Augustus, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero.

    Informative and thorough

    A fantastic and thorough examination of the Emperors from Augustus to Constantine.

    I appreciated his balanced view of each Emperor, and his ..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 17 2013 by Philip (Centurion, South Africa)
  • Rome and the Barbarians | The Great Courses

    Rome and the Barbarians

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
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    The history of the Romans as they advanced the frontiers of Classical civilization is often told as a story of warfare and conquest-the mighty legions encountering the "barbarians." But this only tells one side of the story.Who were the Celts, Goths, Huns, and Persians met by the Romans as they marched north and east? What were the political, military, and social institutions that made Rome so stable, allowing its power to be wielded against these different cultures for nearly three centuries?

    History of Rome from the Barbarian's Perspective!
    Reviewed on March 22 2014 by Mike (New Jersey)
  • The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity | The Great Courses

    The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
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    Explore the dramatic interaction between Judaism, Christianity, and paganism in Rome from the 1st to the 6th centuries. Why did pagan Rome clash with the early Christians? What was it like to be a Jew or a Christian under Roman law? And how did Christianity ultimately achieve dominance in the Roman Empire?Over the course or 24 lectures, Professor Harl enables you to grasp the full historical sweep of this critically important era and its key figures.

    Outstanding and worth every moment

    The lecturer told a compelling story drawing from both historical written sources and the archaeological record. The scope was enormous, but the narr..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 12 2013 by Wesley (WEST LINN, OR, United States)
  • Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation | The Great Courses

    Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas F. X. Noble
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    Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire painted a portrait of the Roman Empire in a long, debilitating slide to oblivion, but now historians have reevaluated this picture to create a radically different understanding of the period now known as "late antiquity." Far from being a period of decline and fall, late antiquity marked one of history's great turning points.

    Drinking history from a fire hose!

    The fact that Dr. Noble gave such a detailed answer to the simple question of the fall of the Roman Empire. It took you from the end of the 2nd cent..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 15 2014 by AlexIndia (Fort Worth, TX, United States)
  • Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt | The Great Courses

    Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bob Brier
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    What is it about ancient Egypt that still captures our imaginations? How did it grow from a few villages along the Nile into the greatest power the world had ever seen? Explore these questions and more in these 12 entertaining lectures that tell the stories of the great pharaohs and the daily realities of Egyptian life.

    Bob Brier all day every day...

    Bob Brier's got an affable manner and he really knows his stuff, he's a great tale teller, lecturer this is basic introductory material, and should be..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 14 2013 by J. (Bangor, ME, United States)
  • Exploring the Roots of Religion | The Great Courses, John R. Hale

    Exploring the Roots of Religion

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John R. Hale
    • Narrated By Professor John R. Hale
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    What impulse drove ancient cultures to create sites like Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, and the pyramids at Giza? Why are we so transfixed by their presence today? And what do they reveal about our ancestors-and humanity? The dynamic force of religious belief is responsible for some of the world's most popular and ancient locales.

    Great course on The Archaeology of Religion

    What a great course. Dr. Hale is a great lecturer and did a wonderful job with the material.

    Reviewed on August 06 2014 by Frank Maddox (Falls Church)
  • Great Battles of the Ancient World | The Great Courses

    Great Battles of the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Garrett G. Fagan
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    Forget Hollywood's portrayal of violence and mayhem in ancient warfare and find out what the ancient battles were really like. What were the weapons, tactics, armor, training, and logistics? What were the crucial factors that could turn the tide of battle, giving one side victory and the other defeat?In 24 exciting lectures, Professor Fagan introduces you to the many fateful battles that became crucibles of history: the fearsome clash between the Athenians and the invading Persian army at the Marathon, Alexander the Great's crushing hammer-and-anvil tactics against the Persians at Gaugemela, and the Roman mastery of siege warfare at the Jewish fortress of Masada.

    A Series of Violent Episodes Create a Whole

    This course presents a unique look at ancient history by focusing on key battles. The context of the battle is established and its conduct and outcom..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 04 2014 by Clavius ()
  • The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes | The Great Courses

    The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
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    The word "barbarian" quickly conjures images of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan. Yet few people realize these men belong to a succession of nomadic warriors who emerged from the Eurasian steppes to conquer civilizations. It's a part of ancient and medieval history that's often overlooked, but for an accurate view of how the world evolved, it's essential. Covering some 6,000 miles and 6,000 years, this eye-opening course illuminates how a series of groups pushed ever westward, coming into contact with the Roman Empire, Han China, and distant cultures from Iraq to India.

    More than You Ever Wanted to Know re Steppe Nomads

    This is a fabulous course. The course covers over 3 thousands years of Central Asian and Near Eastern history and is a wonderful introduction to the E..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 25 2014 by Christopher (Shanghai, China)
  • Cities of the Ancient World | The Great Courses

    Cities of the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven L. Tuck
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    Cities of the Ancient World is your opportunity to survey the breadth of the ancient world through the context of its urban development. Taught by esteemed Professor Steven L. Tuck, of Miami University, these 24 eye-opening lectures not only provide an invaluable look at the design and architecture of ancient cities, they also offer a flesh-and-blood glimpse into the daily lives of ordinary people and the worlds they created.

    Ancient Cities

    I found it interesting how he took each city and built upon them a ground work of how people have progressed.

    Reviewed on August 16 2014 by Amazon Customer (Salt Lake City)
  • The Joy of Ancient History | The Great Courses

    The Joy of Ancient History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman, Professor Bob Brier, Professor Craig G. Benjamin, and others
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    For years, The Great Courses has taken lifelong learners on stirring explorations of our ancient roots; ones that bring you face to face with what history means, and how we use it to understand both the past and the present. So where's the best place to start? Right here with this eclectic and insightful collection of 36 lectures curated from our most popular ancient history courses.

    Ancient World Greatest Hits Playlist
    Reviewed on June 10 2014 by Emily (Philadelphia, PA, United States)