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The Greek World

By: Robert Garland,The Great Courses
Narrated by: Professor Robert Garland
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Publisher's Summary

The ancient Greeks, more than any other early culture, have given us the template for Western civilization, as seen in their superlative achievements in the fields of architecture, political theory, philosophy, science, and art - not the least of which are their inventions of democracy and drama. In these 24 compelling lectures, Professor Garland guides you in a richly illuminating exploration of what the ancient Greeks have given us, and why they’re still important to us today.   

The course delves into the origins of Greek civilization, the great Classical and Hellenistic periods, and takes you through the succeeding epochs of the Roman and Byzantine eras to the Renaissance, culminating with Greece’s dramatic modern history. 

You’ll discover the elements of Greek culture that have so deeply imprinted the west in examples such as:  

  • The Phenomenon of Hellenism - Learn how Greek culture flowered during the Classical Age, then spread through Alexander’s conquests across the Mediterranean world;  
  • Athenian Democracy - Grasp the features of democracy as it arose in Athens in the 5th century B.C.E. as a bold political experiment;  
  • Religion and the Olympians - Explore the nature of Greek religious belief, and the panoply of gods and goddesses, from Zeus, Apollo, and Dionysus to Athena, Aphrodite, and Persephone;   
  • Greek Drama, Literature, and Philosophy - Study the plays of Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles, and Aristophanes; the essence of Homer’s great epic poems; and the seminal ideas of philosophers Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle; 
  • Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture - Survey the techniques and aesthetics of Greek sculpture; discover the superlative qualities of Greek vase painting; and study the elements of Greek architecture that have so deeply impacted Western architecture and art.  

The Greek World: A Study of History and Culture offers you a multilevel immersion in Greek civilization, and an unforgettable view of the extraordinary power ancient Greece exerts over the Western imagination.

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Political correct digressions every five minutes

Robert Garland’s courses are normally my favorites but this is ridiculously PC since he is explaining the use of certain words every five minutes in an anachronistic manner and in doing so digressing all the time. Not to mention the first lecture is entirely dedicated to this nonsense. Can’t listen to it anymore.

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A great intro or refresher for Ancient Greece

Narrator clearly is very passionate and knowledgable about Ancient Greece. This course has 24 lectures, each of which could be (and have been) entire books themselves. This course rarely goes into depth on any one subject, but for anyone who is interested in Ancient Greece or needs a refresher of the highlights (like myself), I would highly recommend it - I found the chapters on Greek drama and Greek language especially fascinating.

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Solid and interesting

A solid great course. Each lecture is very interesting and takes a variety of perspectives to explore Greek life and impacts on today. There is no organizing theme or structure to the entire lecture however and each lecture is completely disconnected from those before and after. The speaker is passionate and keeps the listener engaged admitting his biases when necessary and challenging the reader's. A worthwhile listen for anyone wanting an intro to ancient Greek culture.

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THE GREEK WORLD

I have been more interested in the Ancient Greek contributions to our modern culture. When I think of the Romans, I think COLISEUM. When I think of the Greeks, I think about their contributions to abstract thinking. The combination of exploring science, medicine, art, architecture, literary works and the language itself, I found these lectures to be very enlightening.

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Top notch for Prof. Garland

The later lectures in the topics are a great way of putting Greek history and culture into context. I am biased because I like his other lectures, but this is one of the best.

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Excellent

This is a very interesting history of the Greeks, using very broad brush strokes. The professor is brilliant and captivating. 5 stars!

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Not what I was looking for

I just finished a great, 48 lecture course on ancient Egypt and was looking for something similar on Greece. Unfortunately, I find the content of this course on Ancient Greece to be choppy and the delivery by the narrator to be difficult to listen to, such that I find my mind drifting off. I listened to 7 lectures and don’t feel I learned much. The one thing that I did like was that the course discusses “Byzantium” - or eastern Rome of the Middle Ages. But I learned more about Byzantium from listening to History Extra podcasts or the Byzantium and Friends podcast than from these lectures. I ended up returning this. My search for a good course the outlines the history of Ancient Greece continues.

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Megas Garland! Garland The Great

Outstanding course! Garland’s encyclopedic knowledge of the subject matter was only surpassed by his passion the material presented. Highly recommended.

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  • Michele Zanobini
  • 10-15-20

Magisterial

Magisterial. I wish I had had the fortune of meeting Prof. Garland during my time at Uni. I highly recommend this.

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  • Vasco
  • 01-16-22

Good overview, excessive PC

Good overview of Greece, including some interesting facts on the modern country. However, the delivery is hampered by excessive political correctness targeted at an American audience

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-21

Excellent introduction to Ancient Greece

This is a superb overview of all aspects of Ancient Greek life and culture. Robert Garland is a highly engaging and learned guide to the topic and the supporting notes are very useful.

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  • Big Sexy
  • 09-22-22

Annoying narrator

I couldn’t get too far into these lectures as the person reading them sounds like he has a lisp and has too much spit in his mouth. Gave me the creeps hearing his slurpy speech!

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  • The Phantom Agent
  • 05-27-22

A Intellectual Odyssey

This is a superb course. A great affirmation of classical scholarship. It acknowledges both the saints and the sinners who have inhabited the classical world.

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  • Benny
  • 03-06-22

Wonderful

Interesting, eye opening and pleasant book. I really enjoyed this Book and I can recommend it to anyone knows or doesn’t know much about Ancient Greece.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-01-22

Enjoyable survey of Greek history and culture

Robert Garland covers themes in Greek history and culture from ancient times to the present day, looking at continuities and discontinuities. He is of course an enthusiast, particularly for the achievements of 5th Century Athens, but is far from uncritical.

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  • Daniel M
  • 06-26-20

Awesome!

Professor Robert Garland is amazing. It is hard to find the proper words to describe. The book is excellent. English is not my first language and I struggle to properly describe this work. Amazing should do for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-22

Had to turn it off and find something better

The lecturer is ostensibly neo-liberal, which I don't mind per say. The problem is that he isn't shy about flaunting his political biases every 5-10 minutes. He appropriates Greek history to advance a personal position held on contemporary politics; this is see through and becomes annoying after a few hours.

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  • Deirdre E Siegel
  • 08-03-21

Professor Garland is superb :-)

Take an enjoyable stroll around the ancient civilization called Greek, with the best interpreter and narrative guide and of this age from the beginnings to now :-)