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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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    captainramius 07-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing Journey"
    What made the experience of listening to The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World the most enjoyable?

    Not just the right amount of content, evidence, and insights, but also a delightful performance of Prof. Garland as a storyteller.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World?

    A day in the life of Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Priceless!


    Any additional comments?

    Never judge a book by its cover. The standard cover for "The Great Courses" never gave me the impression that they would be worth my while. How wrong I was! Will definitely search for other Great Courses featuring Prof. Garland.

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    Jack Hyer 07-13-17
    Jack Hyer 07-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Overall excellent course."

    I truly enjoyed every lecture. Particularily the intermittent descriptions of the historical context. Really easy "read" for in Traffic since its fairly light.

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    M 07-13-17
    M 07-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Insipid"

    I spend 13 hours listening to this Mary-Sue hodgepodge and didn't learn anything new. Robert Garland presented fine and is a big name in the classics so I had hopes but this was a throwaway project on his part. People who know absolutely nothing about the classics beyond basic junior high level might get something out of this....but I've never taken a college level classics class and have gotten nothing out of it. Also as others have said, an over-reliance on imagination without clear distinction makes this worthless as an academic interest item.

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    Santiago Guerra 07-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "a must listen for anyone"

    it's very entertaining, full of wisdom and very interesting facts. one of the best I have listened so far.

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    Mr. Smash SLC, UT 07-10-17
    Mr. Smash SLC, UT 07-10-17 Member Since 2012
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    Where does The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite audio books.


    What other book might you compare The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World to and why?

    Sapiens - although Sapiens is coming at things from a different angle, I listened to these historical/educational books with the same level of enthusiasm as I do for excellent fiction.


    What about Professor Robert Garland’s performance did you like?

    Funny and astute.


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    Keren 07-10-17
    Keren 07-10-17
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    "Learned a lot!"

    The lectures were excellent and very informative. I thought I Knew a lot about ancient Greece for example and I realized there is so much more I don't know.. Reading was good and easy to listen to.

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    TW Ervin II Ohio, USA 07-07-17
    TW Ervin II Ohio, USA 07-07-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Overall Interesting"

    I enjoyed the information on the lives of the poor and average individuals throughout history.

    Sometimes the details were sparse and not very vivid (which was disappointing), other times a fuller picture was portrayed. A lot of that depended on the information and details available, remembering that the underclasses were largely ignored in writings and literature and histories.

    I appreciated that the author was clear in what was 'known' and what is 'conjecture' throughout the lectures as he pieced the stories together.

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    Holly 07-03-17
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    "Great!"

    This was well taught and easy to listen to. It isn't just a lecture, but a group of stories from people of all over time. A pleasure to here.

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    B. Helms Everywhere, USA 07-01-17
    B. Helms Everywhere, USA 07-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic Journey"

    A surreal look at where we've come from and how our modern lives would not be as comfortable as they are if not for the unknown people of the past who struggled to get by on a daily basis. It's mind-opening to realize that being murdered or sold into slavery was just as easy back then as buying a Latte at Starbucks is today.

    Professor Garland becomes an old friend guiding you through the ups and downs of the human experience from the Neanderthals to the Middle Ages. I was sad to see the journey end but came away with greater respect and awe for the people on the other side of history.

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    Christina Richards State College, PA United States 06-30-17
    Christina Richards State College, PA United States 06-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Passionate and well-told history from the perspective of the common man"

    Prof. Garland takes listeners on a comprehensive tour of history, making it come to life by presenting its impact on everyday people. Very enjoyable and informative.

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