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 »n depth tour of ancient Greece in the 400s BCE and he does not attempt to hide the ugly aspects of a society that used slave labor. He uses the Persian and Peloponnesian wars as bookends for his examination.
He gives a detailed portrait of life for generals and politicians as well as everyday citizens and foreigners. In doing so he covers the historical and cultural events that shaped the city.
Finally, he discusses how the ancient Greeks were similar and different from us in their conception of ideas of freedom and democracy.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for an in depth look at the ancient Greeks, but you do need some familiarity with the material to get the most out of it. I would not recommend it as a first book about the ancient world.
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 »tion since it was the only choice in Audible in the category of Greek history. So when I first started to listen to it, I was a little disappointed that it was about Greek and Roman Archaeology. Boy did my opinion change.
This audio book has 36 chapters covering the history of archeology, examples of different sites and social aspects (slaves and women).
The author, John Hale, is absolutely amazing. He tells stories in the old tradition, where you sit back and enjoy his voice, and lyrical tale. He somehow is able to wrap up the ending of each chapter with a wonderful bow that leaves you satisfied yet wanting more.
I came from very little knowledge about archaeology and left with a good basic understanding of the study. I will definitely try more of his lectures.
A fantastic and thorough examination of the Emperors from Augustus to Constantine.
I appreciated his balanced view of each Emperor, and his ..Show More »frank appraisal of the sources. Too many "scholars" take the most sensational tales from lesser sources at face value, but Fagan is careful to point out the problems with many of the most famous and outrageous episodes that have entered popular culture about Emperors like Caligula and Nero.
Fagan's delivery is entertaining throughout, although sometimes he does stumble a little, and it feels as if he is reading from a script rather than just delivering a lecture.
Overall, I would highly recommend this. Perhaps the best summary of the period in question, and I include both written and audio books when I say that.
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 »ative kept me engaged throughout. There was absolutely no way I was going to keep every thread, name or movement completely straight listening to this while driving to work, but the larger story and the dynamics of each historical period were told in such a compelling manner within a structure that I could grasp the broader whole even if I could not recite many of the fine details.
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 »ury to the 8th century, but to do this you have to jump around geographically. History, especially this period, reads like a novel that is telling 8 stories at once... sort of like A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones for you non-readers).
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 » pretty much de rigueur for anyone who's interested in the Pharaonic timeline. This is a great place to start.
Great narration, one small complaint, the awful trumpeting fanfare they play at the beginning of every 35 minute lecture. Too loud and too raucous, overwrought. I'm laying in bed, not attending a Jousting match.
I may listen to the course again to give me starting points for more in depth explorations of archaeological sites, religious cults and ideas that can..Show More » be found all over the world through all times.
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 »e discussed in detail.
While this is a series of episodes, Professor Fagan makes it a whole story. The battles are presented in a narrative of the emerging civilizations and empires of the ancient world. This ties them together so you can see how they affected the course of history.
The detail on strategy, tactics, and armaments is excellent. The descriptions are complete. There is never a dry moment.
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 »mpires that have flourished there over this period. You come to appreciate the mounted archer and the savagry of the great warriors of the plains as well as their military sophistication.
Professor Barnhart in an expert and the research is up to date as of the spring of 2015. As with any Audible purchase of Great Courses material, you ..Show More »suffer from not having a study guide.
Professor Barnhart is engaging and easy to listen to. His personal stories and background in the field add color to his presentation. I did find myself fading away at times because he does take you deep into the weeds of every topic. His enthusiasm for the topic is infectious and brings to mind Bob Brier’s amazing “History of Ancient Egypt.”
These lectures are not designed for people with only a passing interest in the topic, but if your study of the word has neglected Mesoamerica, this is the definitive listening experience.