Series: The Great Courses

The Late Middle Ages by Philip Daileader (The Great Courses)

The Late Middle Ages by Philip Daileader (The Great Courses)

I’m a sucker for The Great Courses because when they’re good, they’re really good.  I absolutely loved the courses on Ancient Egypt and Myths in Human History, and I felt like I learned so much from those professors.  On the other hand, I found the course on The Vikings disappointingly dull.  This… sort of reflects my experience as a history major – some things are fascinating, others are a bit tedious, and it all depends on the professor.  Therefore, my experience with The Great Courses has been hit-or-miss. Unfortunately, I find that The Late Middle Ages was closer to a “miss” for […]

Posted September 22, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The History of Ancient Egypt by Bob Brier (The Great Courses)

The History of Ancient Egypt by Bob Brier (The Great Courses)

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 […]

Posted March 24, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Vikings by The Great Courses

The Vikings by The Great Courses

Where I adored Myth in Human History, this set of lectures just didn’t do it for me. Professor Harl is clearly passionate about his subject, and has a lot of knowledge about Scandinavian history.  Anyone interested in the Vikings and that period of history could learn a lot about it from Professor Harl, but this isn’t the type of lecture series you put on in your car and absorb as you navigate traffic.  For this one, if you really want to take in the important stuff, you need to sit down with a pen and notebook and take notes. He spends the […]

Posted April 18, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Myth in Human History by The Great Courses

Myth in Human History by The Great Courses

I feel like I’ve been talking about Myth in Human History in my catch-up posts forever!  I finally listened to the final lecture last night and I’m excited to bring you my conclusion. I really, really enjoyed this lecture series.  This is the second one I’ve tried – the first was “The Origin of Evil” and while the subject was incredibly interesting, I just has trouble listening to the lecturer.  This was such a different experience, and I’m really glad I gave The Great Courses another try. Delivery ❤︎ Voth is detailed, passionate, and organized.  He goes through the lectures in […]

Posted July 28, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //