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The Joy of Ancient History

De : The Great Courses,Bart D. Ehrman,Bob Brier,Craig G. Benjamin,David Roochnik
Lu par : Bart D. Ehrman,Bob Brier,Craig G. Benjamin,David Roochnik
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    Description

    For years, The Great Courses has taken lifelong learners on stirring explorations of our ancient roots; ones that bring you face to face with what history means, and how we use it to understand both the past and the present. So where's the best place to start? Right here with this eclectic and insightful collection of 36 lectures curated from our most popular ancient history courses.

    Guided by some of our most highly rated and award-winning professors - including archaeologists, classicists, military historians, and religion scholars - you'll hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what ancient history has to offer.

    Because the subject itself spans roughly five millennia, this "best of" collection does all the legwork for you, selecting captivating lectures that offer both introductions to and deep dives into some of the most prominent ancient civilizations, including the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. This collection also takes you far afield into the dramatic stories of cultures in Europe, the Middle East, South America, India, China, and other parts of the world.

    Listening to some of our brightest academic minds talk about the ancient world, you'll truly understand why we're still captivated by people and events from thousands of years ago, and why they still have much to tell us about where we are. And where we're headed.

    ©2014 The Great Courses (P)2014 The Teaching Company, LLC

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    • Emily
    • 10/06/2014

    Ancient World Greatest Hits Playlist

    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrators are professors speaking directly to the listener so their personalities and enthusiasm for the topics really comes through. No dry voice reading in monotone here.

    Any additional comments?

    This course is like a greatest hits playlist of topics in ancient history, or an ancient world highlight reel. This isn't the "deep cuts" so it is a good place to start if you like ancient history movies or documentary films. It covers the high points, important points and the popular points. These lectures don't include endless background information or things interesting only to academics. These lectures focus on aspects of the ancient world that are still relevant and interesting to the modern world.

    Here's the table of contents:
    JOY OF ANCIENT HISTORY LECTURES
    1 Lessons of the Peloponnesian War
    2 Parthenon and Acropolis
    3 Heroes at Thermopylae
    4 On Athenian Tragedy
    5 The Parable of the Cave
    6 Famous Greeks—Solon
    7 Aristotle's View of the Natural World
    8 The Battles of Megiddo and Kadesh
    9 Greco-Roman Views on Death—and Beyond
    10 Gaius Julius Caesar
    11 Early Germanic Europe
    12 Gladiatorial Games
    13 Dining in Imperial and Republican Rome
    14 The (Mad) Emperor Caligula
    15 Being a Rich Roman
    16 The Mystery Cults
    17 Herodotus’s Account of Egypt
    18 The Great Pyramid of Giza
    19 Being an Egyptian Worker
    20 Cleopatra—The Last Pharaoh
    21 What Do the Mayan Glyphs Say?
    22 The Amazon—Civilization Lost in the Jungle
    23 Chalice of Blood in Ancient Peru
    24 Attila the Hun—Scourge of God
    25 Mesopotamian Creation Stories
    26 The Empire of Hammurabi
    27 The Epic of Gilgamesh
    28 The Chariot Revolution
    29 The Assyrian War Machine
    30 The Art and Architecture of Power
    31 Cyrus, Xenophon, and the Ten Thousand
    32 Opening the First Dead Sea Scroll
    33 Jesus in His Context
    34 The Legend of Troy
    35 The Qin and the First Emperor of China
    36 Alexander Invades India

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    • Jacobus
    • 02/07/2014

    An Ancient History Fruit Salad

    The 'Joy of Ancient History' is a fruit salad of the best lectures from a vast array of courses on Ancient History by 'The Great Courses.' As an anthology it gives you a taste of everything, without expecting you to finish every fruit. Unfortunately this collection also suffers the shortcomings of anthologies in general. While a tremendous job was done to try and establish cohesion it didn't always work. Listening to the lectures I couldn't help to sometime wish that I could hear a previous lecture just to get into the picture. It spans a vast array of subjects, times and topics. That said, I am grateful for listening to it, because I was introduced to the Terracotta Army, and Prof. J Rufus Ferus' biographical sketches on Julius Caesar (from 'Famous Romans') and Solon (from 'Famous Greeks') made two figures I found boring come alive. Prof. Glen S Holland's lecture on 'Mesopotamian Creation Stories' (from 'Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World') was very interesting. The lost civilisation of the Amazons introduced by Prof. Edwin Barnhart was absolutely fascinating.

    You will have difficulty in not gaining something you never knew from these lectures. 36 of the best lectures by professors of the Great Courses is not something you should just pass by. While I didn't like one or two lectures and I felt it sometimes suffered continuity, I thought the choices was generally excellent, intriguing, gripping and awe-inspiring. A must have for anyone interested in some or other aspect of ancient history.

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    • SAMA
    • 29/12/2014

    Not all historians are created equal

    This is a quick overview of ancient history, consisting of various lectures taken from various courses. Some will inevitably be more interesting to you than others. And you'll have to deal with the professor in each lecture referencing something he or she mentioned at a different point of the original course from which the lecture is taken. Once you're done with this, pursue the courses that you think are most interesting.

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    • Thomas
    • 23/07/2014

    Interesting History Outlines...

    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, Brief narrative, interesting topics.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Joy of Ancient History?

    Outline of ancient Athens.

    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    - Tough to recall. However, a few have such strong accents the narration suffers.

    Could you see The Joy of Ancient History being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Perhaps...

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    • Chani
    • 02/01/2021

    A sampling of the great courses

    This is a collection of 36 lectures taken from 36 different courses by 36 different lecturers. If you're considering purchasing any of the courses, it's a very good way to decide if you want to listen to an entire course (much better than listening to the 4 or 5 minute sample). As an overview of ancient history, it's just a hodgepodge with no cohesion. It's also frustrating when the lecturer refers to events or information in a prior lecture or notes that in subsequent lectures a topic will be gone into in detail.

    I feel that the description offered is misleading:
    "The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman, Bob Brier, Craig G. Benjamin, David Roochnik"
    "Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman, Bob Brier, Craig G. Benjamin, David Roochnik"
    To me it sounded as if the series is comprised solely the 4 lecturers named, 2 of which I am familiar with and are entertaining as well as extremely edifying, which .

    One of the reviewers (who wrote his review after I purchased this item) has done a great service in listing every chapter. Take a look at it before you decide.

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    • Carolebmw
    • 05/10/2018

    Needed a degree in history

    iInappropriate for anyone who doesn't already have a basic understanding of the regional history of that time. Since my educational background is in science I need to take beginners course first. I would need a map to follow troop movements, also.

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    • Ron A. Parsons
    • 06/07/2016

    ambiguous bible stories

    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    focus on classical archaeological facts, not idyllic bible stories

    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    focus on classical archaeological facts, not idyllic bible stories

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    too many bible stories unsubstantiated by classic archaeology

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    • M Beth Waters
    • 15/08/2015

    Varied and interesting

    What did you love best about The Joy of Ancient History?

    The different subjects and different professors. I added many new titles to my wish list.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Joy of Ancient History?

    The sections on South American cultures. I knew very little about them, but I want to learn more.

    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Several of the lectures mentioned Ramses II, who's one of my favorites.

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

    No, but it definitley kept me interested. I couldn't wait to see what the next subject was going to be.

    Any additional comments?

    A good introduction to ancient history as a whole, and a way to sample different titles to see which ones might interest you. Great Courses needs more compilations like this.

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    • L. Ostrove
    • 15/10/2020

    good advertisement for other great courses titles

    Just a bunch of chapters for other great courses titles. fun to get the variety, but sometimes jarring to hear a chapter from the middle of a course outside of context.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 16/03/2019

    Great Lecture

    I loved this it was amazing to learn a good overview of ancient civilizations. I especially liked learning about the lives of the people and a few myths were debunked but I wont say what, I'd hate to spoil it.

    There is more, how buildings were made, how the more powerful of the civilization lived, foreign policy, war etc. If you like ancient civilization this is the lecture for you. Of the lectures I've listened to this is the best.

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