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The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

Discover the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages. 

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48 Lectures

1
Image of Taking on the Other Side of History
Taking on the Other Side of History
0 of 31 min
2
Image of Being Paleolithic
Being Paleolithic
0 of 32 min
3
Image of Living in Mesopotamia
Living in Mesopotamia
0 of 30 min
4
Image of Being Egyptian
Being Egyptian
0 of 31 min
5
Image of Belonging to an Egyptian Family
Belonging to an Egyptian Family
0 of 31 min
6
Image of Practicing Egyptian Religion
Practicing Egyptian Religion
0 of 31 min
7
Image of Being a Dead Egyptian
Being a Dead Egyptian
0 of 29 min
8
Image of Being an Egyptian Worker
Being an Egyptian Worker
0 of 30 min
9
Image of Being Minoan and Mycenaean
Being Minoan and Mycenaean
0 of 32 min
10
Image of Being Greek
Being Greek
0 of 31 min
11
Image of Growing Up Greek
Growing Up Greek
0 of 30 min
12
Image of Being a Greek Slave
Being a Greek Slave
0 of 32 min
13
Image of Being a Greek Soldier or Sailor
Being a Greek Soldier or Sailor
0 of 29 min
14
Image of Being a Greek Woman
Being a Greek Woman
0 of 30 min
15
Image of Relaxing Greek Style
Relaxing Greek Style
0 of 29 min
16
Image of Being a Greek Refugee
Being a Greek Refugee
0 of 30 min
17
Image of Being a Sick or Disabled Greek
Being a Sick or Disabled Greek
0 of 31 min
18
Image of Practicing Greek Religion
Practicing Greek Religion
0 of 22 min
19
Image of Being an Old Greek
Being an Old Greek
0 of 29 min
20
Image of Being a Dead Greek
Being a Dead Greek
0 of 30 min
21
Image of Being Persian
Being Persian
0 of 32 min
22
Image of Living in Hellenistic Egypt
Living in Hellenistic Egypt
0 of 32 min
23
Image of Being Roman
Being Roman
0 of 29 min
24
Image of Being a Roman Slave
Being a Roman Slave
0 of 30 min
25
Image of Being a Roman Soldier
Being a Roman Soldier
0 of 30 min
26
Image of Being a Roman Woman
Being a Roman Woman
0 of 30 min
27
Image of Being a Poor Roman
Being a Poor Roman
0 of 29 min
28
Image of Being a Rich Roman
Being a Rich Roman
0 of 27 min
29
Image of Being a Roman Celebrity
Being a Roman Celebrity
0 of 29 min
30
Image of Being a Roman Criminal
Being a Roman Criminal
0 of 29 min
31
Image of Relaxing Roman Style
Relaxing Roman Style
0 of 29 min
32
Image of Practicing Roman Religion
Practicing Roman Religion
0 of 30 min
33
Image of Being Jewish under Roman Rule
Being Jewish under Roman Rule
0 of 30 min
34
Image of Being Christian under Roman Rule
Being Christian under Roman Rule
0 of 28 min
35
Image of Being a Celt in Ancient Britain
Being a Celt in Ancient Britain
0 of 30 min
36
Image of Being a Roman Briton
Being a Roman Briton
0 of 28 min
37
Image of Being Anglo-Saxon
Being Anglo-Saxon
0 of 30 min
38
Image of Being a Viking Raider
Being a Viking Raider
0 of 30 min
39
Image of Living under Norman Rule
Living under Norman Rule
0 of 30 min
40
Image of Being Medieval
Being Medieval
0 of 29 min
41
Image of Being Poor in the Middle Ages
Being Poor in the Middle Ages
0 of 29 min
42
Image of Being a Medieval Woman
Being a Medieval Woman
0 of 28 min
43
Image of Being a Medieval Christian or Heretic
Being a Medieval Christian or Heretic
0 of 29 min
44
Image of Being a Medieval Knight
Being a Medieval Knight
0 of 28 min
45
Image of Being a Crusader
Being a Crusader
0 of 29 min
46
Image of Being a Pilgrim
Being a Pilgrim
0 of 28 min
47
Image of Relaxing Medieval Style
Relaxing Medieval Style
0 of 32 min
48
Image of Daily Life Matters
Daily Life Matters
0 of 35 min

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1********m
August 3, 2019
Enjoyed this series and Prof. Garland's presentation. I watched it twice.

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j********m
July 26, 2019

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r********m
July 20, 2019
While I highly recommend watching these lectures, despite rating them only 2 stars, I also issue a big caveat: Unfortunately Prof. Garland isn't always presenting things from an objective, historic point of view, but from a modern, moralizing point of view, sometimes even mixing fiction with actual historic facts, particularly regarding the role of women (such as he does extensively in lecture 42). Though it's no surprise that a Professor who studies the life of the common people has a heavy left-leaning bias, it sometimes gets so bad that it distracts from getting an unbiased, actual representation of life in ancient and medieval times. That's why I rated this course only 2 stars, in the hope of bringing the average rating down to 4 stars as 5 stars is definitely overrated. Still, do watch this course, but always take the information with a grain of salt.

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