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
    Overall
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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
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
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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
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    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.

    Fantastic, but too short.

    I highly recommend this course as a broad introduction to the subject matter.

    Focusing exclusively on the ancient civilizations of the Near..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 01 2015 by M. Brian Burchette ()
  • 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
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
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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
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
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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
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
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    Story
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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
    Overall
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    Performance
    (33)
    Story
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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
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
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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 Sad Donkey (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
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
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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
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (599)

    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
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    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
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    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.

    Traditional History at it's Best
    Reviewed on April 26 2014 by Mike (New Jersey)
  • 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
    Overall
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    Performance
    (192)
    Story
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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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    Performance
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    Story
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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.

    Ancient History Does Not Get Much Better Than This

    Not sure. I do not have the print version of any of the Great Courses. This category of Audible products is unique.

    Reviewed on May 19 2014 by Matthew R. Krouse ()
  • 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
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
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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.

    Disappointing
    Reviewed on August 12 2013 by Orrin (RENO, NV, United States)
  • 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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    Performance
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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.

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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
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (117)

    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.

    Kinda Tells you what u need, but not really

    OK this is complicated, I'm a history lover, and when usually people yawn or call asleep in history lectures I find myself most intrigued. until this ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 11 2015 by tamim ()
  • 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
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Story
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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.

    Excellent content with some caveats
    Reviewed on August 12 2014 by Mountain K9iner ()
  • 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
    Overall
    (23)
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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)