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Professor Robert Garland, Ph.D.

Professor Robert Garland
  • Colgate University
  • University College London
Working for the Great Courses enables me to reach people who prize learning for learning’s sake. It’s they who inspire me to close the gap between past and present, by demonstrating what it meant then, and what it means now, to be human.

Dr. Robert S.J. Garland is the Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics at Colgate University. He earned his B.A. in Classics from Manchester University, his M.A. in Classics from McMaster University, and his Ph.D. in Ancient History from University College London. A former Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the George Grote Ancient History Prize, Professor Garland has educated students and audiences at a variety of levels. In addition to teaching classics at Colgate University, he has taught English and Drama to secondary school students and lectured at universities throughout Britain as well as the British School of Archaeology in Athens. Professor Garland is the author of numerous articles in both academic and popular journals and books capturing details of all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman life, including The Greek Way of Life: From Conception to Old Age; Introducing New Gods: The Politics of Athenian Religion; and Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks. His expertise has been featured in The History Channel's Last Stand of the 300, and he has repeatedly served as a consultant for educational film companies.

Testimonials

"Professor Garland delivered a tour de force survey of the Greco-Roman world and the way the two histories coincide and connect is truly illuminating."

 

 

"Professor Garland is an excellent lecturer, extremely articulate, highly organized, with a style of speech which draws you in with his clear love of his subject matter; a pleasure to listen to."

 

 


"Garland demonstrates superb command of a vast field of knowledge, historical, literary, political, and artistic."

32 Courses and Sets

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32 Courses and Sets

  1. The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    Robert Garland
    4.5 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (218)
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    Take this chance to get beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts in The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World. In 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Robert Garland of Colgate University covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest...
  2. Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean Sale

    Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean

    Robert Garland
    4.6 out of 5
    84% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (57)
    Save up to $305.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    The relationship between Greeks and Romans has virtually no parallel in world history. "There's never been anything quite like it," marvels Professor Robert Garland. The relationship between these two cultures was like a marriage: two distinct personalities, competing in some areas, sharing in others, and creating a completely new synthesis in a third realm. This cultural partnership began almost with the first...
  3. Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds Sale

    Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

    Robert Garland
    4.2 out of 5
    76% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (26)
    Save up to $210.00 Starting at $24.95 $59.95 $24.95$59.95
    Explore great moments of history through the eyes of everyday citizens. Living History spotlights 24 turning points where the tide of history changes irrevocably. Moving deeper into these momentous events, you step into the scene and hear the “heartbeat of history” by engaging with a variety of first-hand accounts and authentic primary and secondary sources to experience what it was like to live during these...
  4. Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History Collection

    Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.5 out of 5
    50% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (6)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    For years, The Great Courses has taken you on stirring explorations of our ancient roots. The Joy of Ancient History is an insightful collection of 36 lectures curated from our most popular ancient history courses. Guided by our highly rated professors, hopscotch around the world to experience the fascinating variety that ancient history offers: from great heroes and epic battles to lost civilizations and beyond.
  5. (Set) The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World  & History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective  Set

    (Set) The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World & History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Look at ancient history from a fresh vantage point with this two-course set. In History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective, you'll examine the world's greatest civilizations in the full context of where they came from, the cultures that flourished around them, and the civilizations that were to come from them. Then, in The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World, you'll go beyond the abstract...
  6. (Set) Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean & Emperors of Rome  Set

    (Set) Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean & Emperors of Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    With these two courses, get rare and impressive opportunities to understand the two dominant cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world: Greece and Rome. In Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean, explore how these two diverse cultures interested, coincided and at times collided to produce the marvels of Greco-Roman culture. Then, delve even deeper into the politics of ancient Rome with...
  7. (Set) Late Antiquity & Greece and Rome: An Integrated History  Set

    (Set) Late Antiquity & Greece and Rome: An Integrated History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Join two compelling historians and professors as they guide you through two transformative periods in the history of the Roman Empire. Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation shows you how the fall of the Roman Empire gave rise to three great civilizations that would forever change the course of history: medieval Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamic caliphate. Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the...
  8. (Set) Food: A Cultural Culinary History & The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World   Set

    (Set) Food: A Cultural Culinary History & The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  9. (Set) Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome  Set

    (Set) Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean & Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Unearth fascinating secrets about ancient Greece and Rome: two fascinating civilizations to which the modern Western world is forever indebted. The relationship between the Greeks and the Romans has virtually no parallel in world history; discover why with Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean. And in Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome, archaeologist and award-winning...
  10. (Set) The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World  & Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City  Set

    (Set) The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World & Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  11. (Set) Latin 101: Learning a Classical Language & The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World   Set

    (Set) Latin 101: Learning a Classical Language & The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    No translation can reproduce the elegance and charm of Latin. The key to truly experiencing the words of history’s greatest thinkers is Latin 101, a course that makes this purportedly “difficult” language fun and easy to learn. Then, put your feet in the sandals of ordinary people of the ancient world, from Rome to Minoa to Egypt in The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World.
  12. (Set)  The Other Side of History & Foundations of Western Civ Set

    (Set) The Other Side of History & Foundations of Western Civ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
  13. (Set) Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia; Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean; A History of Ancient Egypt; & From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History  Set

    (Set) Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia; Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean; A History of Ancient Egypt; & From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $849.80 Starting at $849.80 $1,644.80 $849.80$1,644.80
    Survey the history and impact of some of ancient history's greatest civilizations with this four-course set. Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia takes you on an insightful journey through the area bordered by the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, from Neolithic times to the age of Alexander the Great. Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean is an impressive and rare...
  14. (Set) The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World  & Medieval World  Set

    (Set) The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World & Medieval World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    What was it like to live during the Middle Ages? Or in ancient Egypt? Find out with this two-course set that looks at history from the perspective of everyday men and women. The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World goes beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts, to study civilization from its earliest beginnings through...
  15. (Set)  Lost Worlds of South America & Other Side of History Set

    (Set) Lost Worlds of South America & Other Side of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  16. (Set) Seeing the Ancient World Set

    (Set) Seeing the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,189.80 Starting at $1,189.80 $1,404.80 $1,189.80$1,404.80
  17. (Set) Ancient Empires before Alexander & Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean  Set

    (Set) Ancient Empires before Alexander & Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Get a comprehensive and authoritative guide to some of the ancient world's most captivating empires with this two-course set. In Ancient Empires before Alexander, complete your knowledge of the ancient world with a look at history's first empires: Akkad, Assyria, Babylon, Hatti, Carthage, and more. In Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean, explore the many ways in which these two very...
  18. (Set) Living History & Greece and Rome Set on sale

    (Set) Living History & Greece and Rome

    Robert Garland
    Save up to $529.00 Starting at $53.90 $115.90 $53.90$115.90
    Gain a deeper understanding of history with this intriguing set of courses. First, experience the great events of the ancient and medieval world through the eyes of the people who lived it in Living History. Then, dive into the world of the ancient Mediterranean in Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean.
  19. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
  20. (Set) The Big History of Civilizations & The Other Side of History Set on sale

    (Set) The Big History of Civilizations & The Other Side of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $686.00 Starting at $88.90 $218.90 $88.90$218.90
    Take an in-depth look at the fascinating story of our civilization with this two-course set. Trace the story of human existence from our evolution as a species in The Big History of Civilizations. Then, explore human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages with The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World.
  21. (Set) Living History & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey Set

    (Set) Living History & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Explore the ancient world with this amazing set of courses. First, experience the great events of the ancient and medieval world through the eyes of the people who lived it in Living History. Then, take a unique tour through Greece and Turkey in Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul.
  22. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $449.90 $329.90$449.90
  23. (Set) Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire & Living History Set

    (Set) Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire & Living History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Time and again, moments shape history and this two-course set brings those moments to life. Start by joining a Harvard professor as he helps you make sense of Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece of history writing with Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Then, Living History: Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds takes you back in time and throws a spotlight on two dozen...
  24. (Set) Living History & Pompeii Set

    (Set) Living History & Pompeii

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Look at the ancient world in unique ways with this set of courses. First, experience the great events of the ancient and medieval world through the eyes of the people who lived it in Living History. Then, discover the world of Pompeii before and after the eruption of Vesuvius with Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City.
  25. (Set) Greece and Rome & The Other Side of History Set

    (Set) Greece and Rome & The Other Side of History

    Robert Garland
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  26. (Set) The Mysterious Etruscans & The Other Side of History Set on sale

    (Set) The Mysterious Etruscans & The Other Side of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $611.00 Starting at $70.90 $178.90 $70.90$178.90
    Take a new look at ancient worlds with this illuminating two-course set. Peer into the fascinating lives of a highly influential but little-known culture with The Mysterious Etruscans. Then go beyond the abstract dates and figures, that make up so many historical accounts to learn about the experiences of people of ancient civilizations in The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World.
  27. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.
  28. (Set) Understanding Imperial China & The Other Side of History Set

    (Set) Understanding Imperial China & The Other Side of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $789.90 $399.90$789.90
    Talk a walk through history from a new perspective with this two-course set. Discover what daily life was like in China’s majestic empire with Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture. Then, get a vivid glimpse into the real world of the past with The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World by following the so-called ordinary people.
  29. (Set) Living History & History of the Ancient World Set

    (Set) Living History & History of the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $789.90 $399.90$789.90
    Explore the entirety of the ancient world with this set of courses. First, experience the great events of the ancient and medieval world through the eyes of the people who lived it in Living History. Then, look at the entirety of the ancient world and the civilizations it produced from a global perspective with History of the Ancient World.
  30. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $629.90 $449.90$629.90
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