Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia : The Great Courses: Ancient History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Alexis Q. Castor
  • Series: The Great Courses: Ancient History
  • 18 hrs and 0 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

All cultures lie in the shadow of ancient Mesopotamia-the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers that is now mostly encompassed by the borders of modern Iraq. In this fascinating series of 36 lectures, an award-winning teacher leads you on a vivid journey through Mesopotamian history-from Neolithic times to the age of Alexander the Great-and into the lives of mighty emperors, struggling farmers, ambitious merchants, and palace servants to reveal why this ancient culture occupies such a foundational position in our history.
The lectures look back to the time when the first cities arose in Mesopotamia and kings created complex bureaucracies to rule their expanding territories, thus fostering the invention of writing and other technologies. You peer into the lives and fortunes of Mesopotamia's people and learn about the birth of the urban lifestyle.
Professor Castor creates a detailed image not only of larger Mesopotamian society but of life on the level of the individual Mesopotamian as well. Among the many fascinating insights into daily Mesopotamian life you examine are how they ate, worked, learned, worshiped, married, and reared children; used scientific ideas to help them order and understand the natural world; engaged with their powerful neighbors in Egypt, Syria, and Anatolia (modern-day Turkey); waged war and experienced peace; and endured the collapse of their cities.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


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Customer Reviews

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Comprehensive, Intelligent but incomplete

Would you consider the audio edition of Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia to be better than the print version?

The needlessly flamboyant music and obviously fake applause are clearly aimed at a more childish audience, hard to think why they'd do that.
The audio version was very well read apart from that and the author clearly knows her subject.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia?

The subject was well set out and delivered as a whole.
A map or maps would have been extremely helpful though.

Have you listened to any of Professor Alexis Q. Castor’s other performances? How does this one compare?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would want to but it's too long to do that practically.

Any additional comments?

Supplementary learning material, critical to make cohesive sense and memory of this great course is widtheld from customers. A mistake that undermines the value of the book immensely.

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- Alex

Educational and interesting

Would you consider the audio edition of Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version so I cannot compare.

What did you like best about this story?

It was factual, yet kept my interest without being patronising

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This was not really an emotional type of book - more of an audio text book, so I was not expecting to laugh of cry, but it did make me think, which is what I want from such a book.

Any additional comments?

The pre-set reveiew questions do not seem particularly appropriate for an academic lecture series.

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- Rachel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses