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

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

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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.

The past truly comes alive as you take a series of imaginative leaps into the world of history's anonymous citizens, people such as a Greek soldier marching into battle in the front row of a phalanx; an Egyptian woman putting on makeup before attending an evening party with her husband; a Greek citizen relaxing at a drinking party with the likes of Socrates; a Roman slave captured in war and sent to work in the mines; and a Celtic monk scurrying away with the Book of Kells during a Viking invasion.

Put yourself in the sandals of ordinary people and discover what it was like to be among history's 99%. What did these everyday people do for a living? What was their home like? What did they eat? What did they wear? What did they do to relax? What were their beliefs about marriage? Religion? The afterlife?

This extraordinary journey takes you across space and time in an effort to be another person - someone with whom you might not think you have anything at all in common - and come away with an incredible sense of interconnectedness. You'll see the range of possibilities of what it means to be human, making this a journey very much worth taking.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

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    Psenko Victoria Texas 08-22-17
    Psenko Victoria Texas 08-22-17 Member Since 2016

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    Can't go wrong with any of the great courses. But this one really gives you a new perspective on life.

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    I've listened to many of the Great Courses, but after this title, I need to revise their ratings because The Other Side of History may be the best Great Course I've listened to. Ever. The content, as reflected in its title, is new and captivating. The lecturer may be one of the best ever. His delivery makes it feel as if I was sitting at table with him, and his sense of humor is great. Add in a cool British accent and there it is. Worthy of six stars!

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    Richard 08-16-17
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    "a great overview of daily life in the past"

    the lecture is humble and relatable and really makes the daily lives of many peoples accessible. 2 things you should know before buying this book is that it covers far more than just the ancient world and that because of this breath there is sometimes I lack of depth.

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    Henry Grage 08-11-17
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    "View from the Other Side"

    Absolutely captivating view or ordinary people throughout the history of mankind. Eye opening insight into their lives revealing as many similarities as differences, with the similarities most fascinating. Our deepest motivations have changed in 13,000+ years.

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    Great book on the life of the common man through history. Very detailed descriptions.

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    This was much more interesting than the college history classes I had to take so long ago.

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    I'm tired of hearing so much about Europe and Europeans but so little about everywhere and everyone else.

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    Mr. Robert Garland could not hide his contempt for Christianity in this series. Had he been totally unbiased it would've been spectacular.

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    "Superb. Finally a look into the lives of People."

    Top drawer piece of obviously loving work. I strongly recommend this course. Go for it.

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