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

    • 4.3 • 4 Ratings
    • $45.99

    • $45.99

Publisher Description

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.

Robert Garland
hr min
July 8
The Great Courses

Customer Reviews

having_trouble ,

A bit off-topic

I enjoyed my entire time with these lectures, and learned quite a few things I didn’t know before. Its a great purchase if you want to know more about the general life of all classes of people through the major periods in history. However, I must say that he does spend a bothering amount of time not talking about ordinary people, and instead the people above them. The description says he’s supposed to focus on ordinary people, and that’s simply not true. I do recommend you pick this up though

jfaughnan ,

The best of the best

I absolutely LOVED this lecture series. The only negative has to do with iTunes metadata, it doesn’t correctly render the chapter titles. So you get Chapter 01 to 50 or so — without headings. I blame some combination of Apple and Audible.

That’s not worth deducting a star though because education doesn’t get any better than this. Don’t hesitate, just get it.

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