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Macedonia, 336 B.C.E. - King Philip II is murdered under mysterious circumstances amid a cloud of intrigue.
Constantinople, 532 C.E. - The Byzantine Emperor Justinian nearly abandons the city to an angry mob until his wife, Theodora, persuades him to stay.
France, 1095 C.E. - Pope Urban II gives a speech that inspires thousands of his subjects to embark on a crusade to Jerusalem.
Time and again, moments shape history. We often examine history from a distant vantage, zooming in on a few kings and battles. But history is made up of individuals who were as alive in their time as we are today. Pausing on a few key individuals and magnifying specific moments in their lives allows us to experience history in a whole new way-as a vibrant story, full of life.
Living History: Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds takes you back in time and throws a spotlight on two dozen turning points where the tide of history changes irrevocably. These 24 dramatic lectures examine key events from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to medieval Europe and Asia. Spanning thousands of years and three continents, this course illuminates fascinating historical dramas on the individual scale.
More than covering great events that change the contours of history, Professor Garland takes you into the scene and allows you to hear what he terms the "heartbeat of history". Rather than merely reviewing the facts of events such as the Battle of Marathon, the arrest and trial of Jesus, and the coronation of Charlemagne, you'll engage with a variety of firsthand accounts and authentic primary and secondary sources to experience what it was like to live these events as they occurred. From reports by historians such as Herodotus and Livy to official scrolls and administrative records, these eyewitness sources and ancient documents take you back in time through the eyes of people who were there.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 The Great Courses (P)2015 The Teaching Company, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mike McGuire on 06-26-15

Excellent material, engaging presentation.

Dr. Garland has a very engaging style of presenting historical events by taking us into those events as though we were direct participants.

I would recommend this course to anyone with historical interest, in particular the ancient world, who has been bored/turned off by dry, recital style of historical presentation.

I intend to seek out any other of his history courses - they are simply a pleasure to experience. You will seldom get better value for your listening dollar.

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5 out of 5 stars
By dan on 09-09-15

Loved it

One of the challenges of reading history books is that they are often dry and boring. This professor presents history through the eyes of those people that lived it. His passion shines through his telling of the stories from different times of history. I thoroughly enjoyed this purchase.

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By Mr A E Turpin on 11-25-16

Great story telling!

I challenge you to find a person more passionate about their subject than Prof Robert Garland.

It's not just his knowledge of the subject that is staggering but how he lives and breathes the lives of the people he is talking about.

You can hear the passion for his subject in every word. It's simply inspiring.

This is the second of Prof Roberts lectures I've listened to and I'm eager to listen to more.

Really fantastic!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Toby on 08-03-17

A superficial, PC-tainted version of history.

The earlier episodes were interesting, if unexceptional.

However; when Garland approaches more recent historical events he retreats into abject apologetic.

Not recommended.

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By Brian on 11-01-16

Good Great Courses stuff

Quite good, I was a left wanting more. The reader is good. Some of the events were not in chronological order, which was a little confusing at first.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kevin Magee on 03-07-18

Epic real stories that are richer than fiction!

A great collection of epic tales of past people and events that have shaped the world around us as we encounter it today and even to some surprising extent how we think. The history contains rich facts and references that make it educational and interesting BUT the author does well in the audio edition to bring these complex affairs together in a very human way so his retelling of feeds the mind, engages the imagination and stirs the soul. Very worthwhile for lovers of history, philosophy, action, adventure and thrillers!!!

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