History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective by The Great Courses, Professor Gregory S. Aldrete, The Great

By The Great Courses, Professor Gregory S. Aldrete, The Great Courses

The historic international has forged an extended shadow, influencing our customs and spiritual ideals, our legislation, and the shape of our governments. It has taught us whilst and the way we make conflict or pursue peace. It has formed the constructions we are living and paintings in and the artwork we hold on our partitions. It has given us the calendar that organizes our 12 months and has left its mark at the video games we play.

Grasping the total scope of your bequest from the traditional international can not help yet provide you with a extra nuanced base from which to make judgements and select pathways on your personal existence. those forty eight lectures take you on a multidisciplinary trip that levels throughout not just the normal domain names of politics and warfare which are in general the province of background classes, but additionally these of faith, philosophy, structure and the visible arts, literature, and technology, and extra.

You'll learn the traditional world's maximum civilizations from the Mediterranean, Asia, and the Americas - together with these of Rome, Greece, China, Persia, India, and the Maya - now not in isolation yet within the complete context of the place they got here from, the cultures that flourished round them whilst, and the civilizations that have been to come back from them. Taking a comparative technique, Professor Aldrete's path comprises in-depth analyses of not just key contributors and historic moments, but additionally history's most crucial issues, from the character of rulership and the evolution of faith and philosophy to the perform of war and the expression of strength via artwork and structure.

With its mixture of nuanced interpretation, shiny description, and incessant recognition to exploring background as a coherent complete, this is often certain to be probably the most informative and thought-provoking background classes you've ever taken.

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Suggested Reading Grimal, A History of Ancient Egypt. O’Connor, Ancient Nubia. Shaw, The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt. Smith, The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt. 35 Questions to Consider 1. What similarities do you notice between aspects of ancient Egyptian religious beliefs and myths and those of Christianity? 2. Compare the Mesopotamian and Egyptian attitudes and belief systems. Lecture 5: Pharaohs, Tombs, and Gods Do you agree with the interpretation presented here that these result from variations in the cultures’ environments?

However, the Babylonians discovered that you could coat the mud bricks with glazes and ¿re them to produce vivid, beautiful colors. x The Chaldeans also excelled at mathematics and astronomy, but their achievements in these ¿elds represented the fruition of a longstanding Mesopotamian interest in divination—what we today call astrology. x In contrast to later beliefs that the movements of the stars and planets exerted an inÀuence over events, the ancient Mesopotamians thought that these motions were a method by which the gods offered up clues about the future.

27 x Over time, the idea of rebirth trickled down from the king to other classes, so that of¿cials, administrators, generals, and aristocrats all wanted their bodies preserved and wanted to be buried near the king. The pyramids became surrounded by entire cities of the dead. Lecture 4: Ancient Egypt—The Gift of the Nile The Later Kingdoms 28 x Over time, the nobles gained more and more power and controlled much of the kingdom and its wealth. They then began to challenge the pharaohs for dominance.

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