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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
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    4 out of 5 stars 132
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    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

Great Overview

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Reviewed: 11-23-18

Very good synopsis, but the focus is clearly on the pre-classical.
The slim mention of the conflict of the classes, as well as Marian and Sullan Rome are glaring omissions to an otherwise succinct volume.

  • Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation

  • By: Thomas F. X. Noble, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. X. Noble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great speaker!

  • By Nicolas Cobelo on 11-03-17

Best Lecture

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Reviewed: 08-07-18

Prof. stayed within his defined scope.
Covered all major aspects of the time period observed, albeit respecting the need for brevity as well.
The closing argument was the coup de grace, and I recommend this lecture series in its entirety.

  • Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers

  • By: Andrew R. Wilson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Andrew R. Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935

From Napoleon's revolutionary campaigns to the way insurgency, terrorism, and nuclear weaponry have defined the nature of warfare in the 21st century, the results of military strategy have changed the course of history. These 24 thought-provoking lectures give you an inside look at both the content and historical context of the world's greatest war strategists. From the triremes and hoplites of ancient Greece to the Special Forces in 21st-century Afghanistan, strategy is the process by which political objectives are translated into military action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Introductory Overview of Strategic Concepts

  • By John H. Heitmuller on 08-08-13

Necessity

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Reviewed: 08-23-16

I've listened to this lecture twice now. Regardless of your profession, this lecture provides a great explanation of strategy and critical decision making that can be relevant any where.

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