A Survey of Ancient History

  • by John Pruskin
  • Narrated by Alec Sand
  • 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this eight-hour audiobook, 5,000 years of history have been condensed into a concise and easy to follow series of lectures. Each track is a titled section, no more than two to four minutes long, making the material easy to ingest, navigate, and review.Take a fascinating journey from the mists of prehistory to the fall of the Roman empire. Be introduced to the most notable men and minds of the ancient world. Explore the great currents of philosophy, art, science and economics that have shaped our world.


Audible Editor Reviews

Five thousand years in the progress of human civilization is explained with a concise, animated series of mini-lectures. Examining of the course of human events flows briskly from the geologic influences in prehistory through the seismic shifts in culture and power created with the fall of the Roman Empire. (This look at history also serves as the perfect complement to the author’s companion volume, A Survey of the Middle Ages: A.D. 500 - 1270). The easy-to-follow discussion highlights the most notable minds, greatest leaders, most significant events, and influential philosophies, as well as the formation of the arts, the development of the sciences, and foundation of the economic principles that continue to shape the present day.


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Interesting approach, rather unbalanced result

The first third of the book takes a very broad brush sweep from palaeolithic age to the end of Greek civilisation. There is no mention of the rise of Mesopotamian city states and their impact on developments in Europe. The remaining two thirds covers the Roman empire with particular emphasis on early Christianity. As a result, the book feels unbalanced, even acknowledging the limited sources for the earlier times. It does take an interesting approach however in using a series of very brief chapters for each period discussed, covering a wide range from agriculture, economics, battles, key personalities, and culture in its widest sense (art and architecture, philosophy, religion, poets and authors etc). The parallels between the Pax Romana/decline of the Roman Empire with modern capitalism are particularly well-drawn. I do not know who is reading this (an omission I have found with many Audible readings), but the listener feels the lecturer is addressing him/her as the sole person in a huge auditorium. Pronunciation of many words, particularly people's and place names is very unfamiliar and difficult to a British ear.
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- Vanessa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-10-2009
  • Publisher: Trout Lake Media