While I really enjoyed Myth in Human History, I have to say: The History of Ancient Egypt is the best of the The Great Courses I’ve taken yet. Lecturer Bob Brier is not only widely knowledgeable and passionate about the subject, but he makes you feel like you’re in a classroom environment. There’s a difference in experience when the lecturer makes you feel like he wants to share knowledge, rather than tell you what he knows. I’ve always been interested in Ancient Egypt, but I felt like my knowledge was lacking. Through my entire academic career, I only spent one unit on Ancient […]
Genre: Ancient History
When I pulled The Midnight Front out of my TBR Jar, I was soooo not into it. I looked at the cover and groaned and told myself “I should just donate this one now, I don’t want to read it.” Which is horribly unfair to the author, by the way, but I got it in my PageHabit box months ago and was only vaguely interested in it then. The author largely writes for pre-established series like Star Trek and while that can be a dream job, I guess, I’ve found that it doesn’t always pan over to quality of work. I know, I’m […]
I’m very picky about my non-fiction. I know that as a history nut, I should gobble up whatever I can get, but it nonetheless remains true that written accounts of history can be very boring. I don’t know what it is about many historians, but it’s almost as though if it’s interesting, they’re not doing it right. That is not the case with that book. When Holland took on the House of Caesar, he took on a very broad subject, with much presumption and conjecture. He took on a family of cruel secrets. In the course of a single book, it […]
For a book written during the Roman Empire, this particular translation of Tacitus isn’t that bad. The flow is relatively easy to work with, and it is constantly informative. Tacitus often reminds his readers that much of what he writes is what that people say, and he warns to be wary of rumours. Still, it gives some idea of culture. I read this book for a course on the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and I would it to be the most enlightening book assigned.