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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.

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    Lisa Lamascus Los Angeles, CA 05-02-17
    Lisa Lamascus Los Angeles, CA 05-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Arc of Ancient History unlike any other"

    I learned so much from this book. It gives an arc of history that is unlike any I've ever read. I especially liked the sections on Ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome. This book filled in a lot of gaps in my understanding and gave me a perspective on the ancient world that I have never heard before.

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    SZ los angeles, CA 04-27-17
    SZ los angeles, CA 04-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A+ Superb --- Didn't Want This One To End"

    Professor Garland takes you along on an amazing trip through time, teaching in a manner of which more teachers should take heed. I had no idea this course would be (much much) more than a hum drum itemized list of factoids, when in fact the course puts you in a first person POV throughout some major and minor empires. Just some of the details that Garland throws in makes even one lecture worth the purchase.

    I can't recommend this enough for anyone who is curious as to how similar we are to the commoners of ancient history, plus to teachers who would like a good example of how one can effectively teach!

    I will certainly look for more of his courses.

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    Berkley Washington, DC 04-21-17
    Berkley Washington, DC 04-21-17 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader. Even more avid listener. I enjoy thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction .... just about everything.

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    "Great overview of the forgotten side of history"
    What made the experience of listening to The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World the most enjoyable?

    Learning about the "less important" people in history; those who aren't necessarily remembered by most historians or the public.


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

    Similar to many of the other Great Courses, it breaks things down into neat 30 - 45 minute lectures that are easily consumed.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Robert Garland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this was the first.


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

    No, but I do feel like I learned a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Book focuses on classical history (pre-500 CE) much more than the later periods of the early middle ages. But that's my preferred historical period, so I was pretty happy with that.

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    Brian Ruckman 04-18-17
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    "Worth it"

    I feel more knowledgeable on history, but it had chapters I had to skip over because I just wasn't interested in.

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    Joeri Kreisberg Israel 04-11-17
    Joeri Kreisberg Israel 04-11-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Fabulous lecture"

    Fabulous lecture, the subject matter was so interesting, the lecturer is brilliant and really brings to life the history of the people he talks about. Highly recommended.

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    DeeDeen NY 04-08-17
    DeeDeen NY 04-08-17 Member Since 2016

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    "What a great story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have. Professor Garland really takes you into a "Tardis" and takes you back in time to visit these places and people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything--mostly how Garland gives so much detail about what life was like for people who lived in the Ancient world in certain places and in certain situations using historical and archaeological facts.


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

    He does not sound like he's boringly reading a book to you--he sounds as if he's chatting with you and sharing his wealth of wisdom about the this time period. I had listened to a few of the Great Courses, but once I heard Garland, I became hooked--this is the best one I have listened to and well worth the subscription to Audible! Wonderful!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is so long, which makes it fun--there's much to enjoy; but no, I took it in segments of an hour or two at a time. It is dense information, so there's a great deal to ponder over after listening if you are a reflective person.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love history, you'll love this because this is not a history of so many of the people we are familiar with in that vein, but a story of the common man or woman and how they lived then. Very enlightening, enjoyable, and it made me appreciative of the time in which I was born!

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    Emily 03-29-17
    Emily 03-29-17
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    "Great look at everyday lives of ancient people"

    This is a great look at the every day lives of ancient people. I found it easy to jump in and out of listening and still be able to keep track of the narration.

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    Robert 03-13-17
    Robert 03-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful and unique perspective on ancient life"

    Worth every cent, or your monthly credit. History can be so very dry, but the delivery and unique viewpoint reminded me of why I love it so much. Highly recommended.

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    N. Ferrante Ewing, New Jersey 02-09-17
    N. Ferrante Ewing, New Jersey 02-09-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Currently my favorite Great Course!"

    Memorable in both the structure and the enthusiasm of the presenter. There is not a better course with which to start your plunge into the Great Courses.

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    TJohn507 02-05-17
    TJohn507 02-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining and Informative"

    I greatly enjoyed this series of lectures! Garland gives a lot of insight to life in ancient times

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