History of the Ancient World

History of the Ancient World

A Global Perspective

DVD - 2011
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Publisher: Chantilly, VA : Teaching Co., c2011
ISBN: 9781598038057
Branch Call Number: DVD 930 HISTORY
D57 .H377 2011X
Characteristics: 8 videodiscs (ca. 1440 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (viii, 352 p. ; 19 cm.)


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Sep 16, 2016

Great story-telling, done at a good pace and in an acceptable level of detail for a survey course. I particularly liked the compare-and-contrast between contemporary cultures. Dr A also addresses the issue of women in these lectures, even when the best that can be said is that they are missing from the records.

Mar 16, 2016

Outstanding delivery. It portrays, illuminates and explains historical facts that up to now have mere lists. It engages the viewer and expands his experience of history as if lived. Great for any audience not just students of history.

Jan 07, 2015

Gregory Aldrete is not only an engaging speaker he is a passionate one, yet he limits the distracting personal asides and quips that other Great Courses teachers can make, and stays on point. His focus is on Ancient Rome and Greece, and he teaches a couple of these classes in a toga or wearing a hoplite armor for demonstration purpose.
Besides Ancient Rome and Greece, his best classes are on Mesopotamia, Ancient China (up to the Tang dynasty-included) and Mesoamerican Civilization (the Inca are left out since they are too recent an Empire) .
I didn't care as much for the classes on the Hindus Valley civilization, perhaps because of utter lack of familiarity with it myself.
Polynesian culture is only brushed over, and because most African civilizations (apart from Egypt) emerged outside of the time frame he's inspecting, there is no mention of them. He does however, give a couple good lectures on the Arab conquests in Africa and Southern Europe, up to the Abbasid Caliphate.

A number of lectures deal exclusively with comparisons between civilizations. Seeing how different empires developed, shaped by their own geographical settings, and how they responded to similar issues or crisis over the ages was pretty illuminating.

This ambition of this series of lectures is not to give you an exhaustive understanding of these civilizations but to make you want to look further into them on your own.


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