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History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

Look at world history through the lens of religion, philosophy, the visual arts, literature, and more—led by a brilliant lecturer/scholar.

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48 Lectures

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Image of Cities, Civilizations, and Sources
Cities, Civilizations, and Sources
0 of 33 min
2
Image of From Out of the Mesopotamian Mud
From Out of the Mesopotamian Mud
0 of 34 min
3
Image of Cultures of the Ancient Near East
Cultures of the Ancient Near East
0 of 29 min
4
Image of Ancient Egypt—The Gift of the Nile
Ancient Egypt—The Gift of the Nile
0 of 30 min
5
Image of Pharaohs, Tombs, and Gods
Pharaohs, Tombs, and Gods
0 of 29 min
6
Image of The Lost Civilization of the Indus Valley
The Lost Civilization of the Indus Valley
0 of 30 min
7
Image of The Vedic Age of Ancient India
The Vedic Age of Ancient India
0 of 30 min
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Image of Mystery Cultures of Early Greece
Mystery Cultures of Early Greece
0 of 30 min
9
Image of Homer and Indian Poetry
Homer and Indian Poetry
0 of 30 min
10
Image of Athens and Experiments in Democracy
Athens and Experiments in Democracy
0 of 32 min
11
Image of Hoplite Warfare and Sparta
Hoplite Warfare and Sparta
0 of 31 min
12
Image of Civilization Dawns in China—Shang and Zhou
Civilization Dawns in China—Shang and Zhou
0 of 29 min
13
Image of Confucius and the Greek Philosophers
Confucius and the Greek Philosophers
0 of 32 min
14
Image of Mystics, Buddhists, and Zoroastrians
Mystics, Buddhists, and Zoroastrians
0 of 33 min
15
Image of Persians and Greeks
Persians and Greeks
0 of 29 min
16
Image of Greek Art and Architecture
Greek Art and Architecture
0 of 30 min
17
Image of Greek Tragedy and the Sophists
Greek Tragedy and the Sophists
0 of 30 min
18
Image of The Peloponnesian War and the Trial of Socrates
The Peloponnesian War and the Trial of Socrates
0 of 29 min
19
Image of Philip of Macedon—Architect of Empire
Philip of Macedon—Architect of Empire
0 of 28 min
20
Image of Alexander the Great Goes East
Alexander the Great Goes East
0 of 30 min
21
Image of Unifiers of India—Chandragupta and Asoka
Unifiers of India—Chandragupta and Asoka
0 of 30 min
22
Image of Shi Huangdi—First Emperor of China
Shi Huangdi—First Emperor of China
0 of 33 min
23
Image of Earliest Historians of Greece and China
Earliest Historians of Greece and China
0 of 31 min
24
Image of The Hellenistic World
The Hellenistic World
0 of 31 min
25
Image of The Great Empire of the Han Dynasty
The Great Empire of the Han Dynasty
0 of 30 min
26
Image of People of the Toga—Etruscans, Early Rome
People of the Toga—Etruscans, Early Rome
0 of 31 min
27
Image of The Crucible—Punic Wars, Roman Imperialism
The Crucible—Punic Wars, Roman Imperialism
0 of 31 min
28
Image of The Death of the Roman Republic
The Death of the Roman Republic
0 of 30 min
29
Image of Augustus—Creator of the Roman Empire
Augustus—Creator of the Roman Empire
0 of 31 min
30
Image of Roman Emperors—Good, Bad, and Crazy
Roman Emperors—Good, Bad, and Crazy
0 of 28 min
31
Image of Han and Roman Empires Compared—Geography
Han and Roman Empires Compared—Geography
0 of 29 min
32
Image of Han and Roman Empires Compared—Government
Han and Roman Empires Compared—Government
0 of 30 min
33
Image of Han and Roman Empires Compared—Problems
Han and Roman Empires Compared—Problems
0 of 29 min
34
Image of Early Americas—Resources and Olmecs
Early Americas—Resources and Olmecs
0 of 29 min
35
Image of Pots and Pyramids—Moche and Teotihuacán
Pots and Pyramids—Moche and Teotihuacán
0 of 32 min
36
Image of Blood and Corn—Mayan Civilization
Blood and Corn—Mayan Civilization
0 of 32 min
37
Image of Hunter-Gatherers and Polynesians
Hunter-Gatherers and Polynesians
0 of 30 min
38
Image of The Art and Architecture of Power
The Art and Architecture of Power
0 of 29 min
39
Image of Comparative Armies—Rome, China, Maya
Comparative Armies—Rome, China, Maya
0 of 28 min
40
Image of Later Roman Empire—Crisis and Christianity
Later Roman Empire—Crisis and Christianity
0 of 31 min
41
Image of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire?
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire?
0 of 28 min
42
Image of The Byzantine Empire and the Legacy of Rome
The Byzantine Empire and the Legacy of Rome
0 of 28 min
43
Image of China from Chaos to Order under the Tang
China from Chaos to Order under the Tang
0 of 27 min
44
Image of The Golden Age of Tang Culture
The Golden Age of Tang Culture
0 of 30 min
45
Image of The Rise and Flourishing of Islam
The Rise and Flourishing of Islam
0 of 30 min
46
Image of Holy Men and Women—Monasticism and Saints
Holy Men and Women—Monasticism and Saints
0 of 27 min
47
Image of Charlemagne—Father of Europe
Charlemagne—Father of Europe
0 of 27 min
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Image of Endings, Beginnings, What Does It All Mean?
Endings, Beginnings, What Does It All Mean?
0 of 27 min

Reviews

k********m
November 26, 2019
Ignore the previous two star comment dated: "November 9, 2019". They're clearly a very negative person who doesn't appreciate good things. Aldrete proves once again that he's a gem of a professor. I've watched every single one of his courses here on The Great Courses Plus. He delivers once again with this one. Very thoroughly done and well worth the time. Five stars.

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k********m
November 9, 2019
We only watched the first few lectures, so it could get better. My mom couldn't get past his ego. I would have liked to try more to see if it improved. I can see my mom's point. In the first lecture, while denigrating previous researchers, he pointed out that there is a lot of stuff we don't know, and said that he would talk about what we do and don't know and how we know it. He would tell us the truth. He didn't actually do that in the second lecture (he may in future lectures!) I counted all the times he cited other scholars in the first two lectures (zero). There were five or six places he could have recommended other teaching company lectures for more information. He did not. It was all about him. I counted all the times he cited evidence (zero) or alternate theories (zero). Which is fine. He didn't site sources or present evidence in these early lectures, because he is right. I get that. He just told us what was true, and we need to understand that he is correct. I get that. I read a lot. I watch a lot of lectures on TGCP. And, I based on what I know he is correct in most of what he said. And, he is smarter than I am and has studied the material and written and published. I get that.

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f********m
November 3, 2019
A pleasant overview in simple terms. Seems most appropriate for high-schoolers. However, his explanation for the distance of the modern marathon is totally incorrect. What other errors are hidden here?

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