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Publisher's Summary

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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Just what I was looking for

I loved every minute of this lecture series. It was entertaining , well paced and extremely well researched and informative. I felt I was being told a story of the great majority of people like me who lived and aspired to happiness and simply vanished. Thank you for giving these people a say once again.

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Excellent all around!

This course is well organized, supremely interesting, and wonderfully performed by Professor Garland! I was sorry to see it end! It's motivated me to learn more about everyday life in both ancient Egypt and Sparta.

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Awesome

Loved it! A great listen, Professor Garland was masterful with riveting details and stories! A must listen if you enjoy history.

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This was a great trip! I loved it

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

I don't find any other book I know that could be similar to this one.

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

I liked very much the performance of professor Robert, he is so passionate and involved into the topic that he managed to take me inside of the stories to imagine. I found his vocabulary, speed and speech to be great for this course.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had the opportunity to imagine and time travel with this course, the author made it possible with his technique of teaching.

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Overall this was a fantastic, one of the best audiobooks I have had. I highly recommend it.

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awesome, entertaining history

this was one of the best non-fiction audio programs I've ever listened to. I enjoy all kinds of History and this is probably the historical program I've enjoyed the most. it's touches a little bit on famous people and names but it does so in passing, the main focus is what it was like to live as an ordinary person in the cultures and time periods of the lectures. the author really puts you into the time frame and circumstances and cultural idiosyncrasies that governs life for ordinary people. I cannot recommend this highly enough

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Learned a lot in and was entertained!

Would you listen to The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World again? Why?

So much information in this class! True, some of it is speculation, but it's based on research and evidence. I liked imagining what it would be like to live as a regular person in different time periods in a number of roles. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys history from the perspective of ordinary people!

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Fascinating!

a most interesting account of ancient life! author is very knowledgeable about the time period.

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Thanks Robert. Great job

Excellent! Listened and learned. Worth the investment of time. Easy to listen to, entertaining, and I learned a whole lot. Thanks. Well done

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An essential perspective on the human condition

I've travelled wide and far with this book, throughout our known history, from many perspectives. The narration is engaging and the story line is well built. Listen to this for a better understanding of our achievements and challenges as a human society.

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How would Capt. Kirk teach history?

If you like. The. Way. Captain Kirk speaks. With odd. Pauses. ... In places you'd least expect. Them. Then you'll love the. Way. This professor.... Speaks.
Personally, I found it hard to listen to based on that trait of his.

Also, this Prof swore he'd only present the facts, yet in too many lectures he apologized for history's treatment of women and slaves. I guess he thinks we ordinary folks can't draw our own conclusions from the facts and need him to tell us what was right or wrong.

Finally, he pretty clearly doesn't like Christianity.

Other than the above, many of the facts presented were interesting. A good synopsis of each time period. But if I could hear the same history from a different lecturer without the social justice warrior commentary, I'd trade this lecture for it in a heartbeat.