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  • Egypt, Greece, and Rome

  • Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean
  • By: Charles Freeman
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 32 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Long sources of mystery, imagination, and inspiration, the myths and history of the ancient Mediterranean have given rise to artistic, religious, cultural, and intellectual traditions that span the centuries. In this unique and comprehensive introduction to the region's three major civilizations, Egypt, Greece, and Rome draws a fascinating picture of the deep links between the cultures across the Mediterranean and explores the ways in which these civilizations continue to be influential to this day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A well done academic intro done in audio

  • By Frank on 10-12-14

Reading from a book is not a lecture

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-19

This gives a good overview of these civilizations. The author reading references was a distraction.

  • The History of Ancient Egypt

  • By: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bob Brier
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,545
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,541

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incomprehensibly complete

  • By Nassir on 07-09-13

Engaging

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-19

The author has a challenge and he succeeds. This should tops on anyone’s list of introduction to Egypt.

  • History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

  • By: Gregory S. Aldrete, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 24 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding - Informative AND Entertaining

  • By Matt on 11-20-13

Entertainment and educational

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Found this series to be very interesting and engaging. The author has a wit and style that all professors should have!

  • Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alexander, the Man and the Legend

  • By SAMA on 11-27-13

Lost in minutiae

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Having enjoyed several of the lecture series I have abandoned the Alexander the Great narrative. The overall story is written with boring details with a droning voice, a recipe for bedtime.