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Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean

(The Great Courses)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  27 reviews
18 hours 50 mins

Integrated approaches to teaching Greek and Roman history are a rarity in academia. Most scholars are historians of either Greek or Roman history and perform research solely in that specific field, an approach that author and award-winning Professor Robert Garland considers questionable.

In these 36 passionate lectures, he provides an impressive and rare opp
Audible Audio, 19 pages
Published July 8th 2013 by The Great Courses (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sotiris Makrygiannis
A very good lecture in form of 37 chapters. Romans as technocrats built an empire that allowed the Greeks to spread Philosophy and later the Jews to give monotheistic religion. These 3 groups have shaped our modern culture and current course of things. Roman empire was a multicultural world that included the immortal, curious Hellenic soul. Can we find today those 3 elements in the modern empire? Germans and the north as the technocrats, south as the cultural bright light and I think Islam is th ...more
Carol Apple
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a pleasant overview of the roots of western civilization. Since the course consists of approximately 19 hours of lecture it is a good thing that Professor Garland has such a pleasant voice to listen to. I am using this course as part of my son's home school curriculum. I wanted him to at least have a thorough introduction to Greek and Roman history, something I got only in scraps and pieces in my own education. Now that I have finished this excellent course I am about 12 hours ahead of my s ...more
Elwin Kline
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this.

I am admittingly a Greece/Rome/Sparta newbie when it comes to the history of these amazing cultures. This Great Course was the perfect start to a fun journey towards fixing my knowledge gap and does a fantastic job illustrating how much Greek/Roman influence is present today.

Subjects found within this include the Olympics, trade, naval endeavors, roads, politics, religion, philosophy, and so much more. Towards the beginning there is a huge emphasis on war, which makes sens
Emanuele Pezzani
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I already listened to Robert Garland's "The Greek World" and "Living History" and in every lesson he showcases his knowledge, his enthusiasm, his intellectual honesty, his passion. This is probably a crowning achievement, a fully parallel history of Greek and Roman civilizations along their many complex interactions, from Pyrrhus to Justinian throughout philosophy, medicine, architecture, politics, entertainment. Yes, it does help if you already have a background: if you are a novice you'll prob ...more
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
The lecturer does an excellent job of showing how interconnected these ancient civilizations were. He knows his Classics and presents in an accessible style. Because in school we usually study first Greece, then Rome, we are apt to not realize that Greece overlapped with Rome and in a sense outlasted it in the form of the Byzantine Empire. I enjoyed this series very much.
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-courses
Great survey course. The professor is Robert Graves, author of The Greek Way of Death. I would highly recommend this series.
Knut Sigurd
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
Gjevande og svært interessant førelesingsrekke.
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Очень интересно послушать про противопоставления этих двух древних цивилизаций.

Профессор справедливо отмечает во вступлении, что обычно их изучают совершенно изолированно, хотя по сути их многое объединяет, они существовали примерно в одно время, и даже взаимодействовали между собой.
А у нас школьный курс истории настолько их разделяет, что мы даже перестаем воспринимать их как что-то сосуществовавшее, для нас это "Была Древняя Греция, а потом Римская Империя".

Конечно, все это работает именно пот
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This work offered a very good overview of the history of Greece, Rome, and the ways these distinct cultures influenced each other and gave rise to a mediterranean (and beyond) Greco Roman civilization.

Too often, Greek history is covered with only a cursory mention of Rome, or Roman histories give only a cursory attention to the Greek and Hellenistic world. Very often much is lost between the cracks of these approaches. Professor Garland does a great job of covering the mediterranean-wide history
M.L. Sund
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Packed densely with pertinent information. Professor Robert Garland has put together an exceptionally well-researched and organized reference book on the intertwined history of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The breadth and depth of the content is significant but not overdone. The writing is very succinct. The rather choppy delivery style of speech does not bother me - in fact, I think it punctuates the content in an entertaining way. The accompanying PDF document is thorough and very useful. I ...more
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
This was just Okay for me, No new information and while the premise that the Greek and Roman civs have never really been seen as a whole seems like a good idea in actuality if you know the history of both you get and know this information already.

A fun nice reminder and if you are new to the subjects I can see this being really great but for me it was just Okay.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jun-Jul 2019. Wonderful series, fascinating material, engaging speaker.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book, history
Content was fine. I personally could just not take the halting delivery of the narration.
Mike O'Grady
Mar 05, 2021 rated it liked it
"I'm not in the business of idolizing the greeks" ...more
Holger Matthies
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-history
Gripping, comprehensive, relevant and well-performed. Everything you could want in a history book.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lenny Husen
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it
36 lectures
What I liked: Dr. Roberts "Burial Bob" Garland was an inspiring and dyamic lecturer, full of enthusiasm for his topic. Loved his voice and he had ZERO verbal pauses (ok, very very few). He was well organized. He stuck to his guns, as far as Integrating the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Romans, and frequently compared and contrasted the two cultures.

What I didn't like: this covered 1500 years and went too fast for me, with too many names I couldn't remember, and he only spent 5 minutes ea
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
The lecture series is a study or analysis rather than a standard history narration. This is not about the feats of the biggest kings, philosophers or generals. The lectures are neither about the key events. The subject is clearly and solely the influence of these two cultures on each other, and the former on the latter more than the other way around.

Positively, the discussions are interesting to listen to and never tough to follow as each chapter takes a narrow subject (say epics or architecture
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
These lectures cover roughly one thousand years of Greek and Roman history from 500BC to 500AD. The blending of cultures into the Roman empire was aided by the flexibility of the pagan belief systems at the time which allowed for assimilation of new gods. This seems to have enabled conquered peoples to accept new leadership more readily than they might have otherwise (an interesting lesson!). For me, it is hard not to wonder what life might be like today had the philosophy, early science, and ci ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found this series of lectures quite engaging. I felt that I already had a good deal of knowledge about Greek and Roman culture, and I learned quite a bit from these lectures, since they didn't just focus on major figures or events, but more about cultural ideas and customs. There was a lot here, and it would make a great companion to a history that does involve more major figures and events, since the two would complement each other well, though I wouldn't recommend this as a single source for ...more
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As an avid "consumer" of the Great Courses series, I do not hesitate to proclaim Garland's contribution as one of the finest of them all. Lucid, passionate, deeply learned, entertaining, and most of all, imbued throughout with a sense of the big picture and a commitment to impart that to his listeners -- his adept summary of the differences between Greek and Roman law being a case in point. Bravo, Professor Garland! ...more
Grunkle Tia
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Robert Garland is at the top of my list for favourite historian professors, this is an exceptionally good read if you want a well done examination and comparisons & contrasts between the hellenistic greeks and the romans
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ttc
7: Pretty good
Sydney Young
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference
Ok honestly this seemed like an excess of dates and names that was tough to follow, and yet very compelling, especially for the summaries. Garland knows his stuff!
Dan JK
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4real, enjoyed
informative and interesting.
Very informative but not as passionately presented as his lectures entitled, The Other Side of History. Garland was able to cover a lot of ground in these lectures. Worth listening to.
May 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook
Love Greek & Roman history. Even been to Rome. Not enough original content to outweigh earnest yet dry lecturer.
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Dr. Robert S.J. Garland is the Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics at Colgate University. He earned his B.A. in Classics from Manchester University, his M.A. in Classics from McMaster University, and his Ph.D. in Ancient History from University College London.

A former Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the George Grote Ancient History Prize, Professor Garland has educated stud

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