• Forgotten Peoples of the Ancient World

  • By: Philip Matyszak
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (162 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The ancient world of the Mediterranean and the Near East saw the birth and collapse of great civilizations. While several of these are well known, for all those that have been recorded, many have been unjustly forgotten. Our history is overflowing with different cultures that have all evolved over time, sometimes dissolving or reforming, though ultimately shaping the way we continue to live. But for every culture that has been remembered, what have we forgotten?

This thorough guide explores those civilizations that have faded from the pages of our textbooks but played a significant role in the development of modern society. Forgotten Peoples of the Ancient World covers the Hyksos to the Hephthalites and everyone in between, providing a unique overview of humanity's history from approximately 3000 BCE-550 CE. Each entry exposes a diverse culture, highlighting their important contributions.

Forgotten Peoples of the Ancient World is an immersive, thought-provoking, and entertaining book for anyone interested in ancient history.

©2020 Thames & Hudson Ltd (P)2021 Tantor
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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Gripping and seamless

very enthralling. Combines a great amount of information with a surprising brevity. The narrator was the crowning touch.

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Comprehensive overview history —with humor

I loved this book. The author reviews the vast history of ancient peoples in the Middle East and Europe with clarity and with a dry humor that really helps one absorb the information. The narrator is fantastic. Highly recommend.

My only complaint is that there isn’t enough pause between sections. The reader goes from one section to the next without even a breath, it seems. Potentially the pauses were edited out.

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Out of the mists

Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Angles and Jutes. Ancient tribes live again. in this exciting history. Good read!

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STELLAR BOOK - YOU”LL LISTEN OVER & OVER

Wonderful, engaging, fast-paced storytelling.

Truly masterful narration.

This team of author & narrator is all-too-rare.
Off to find more of this duo”s efforts!

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Fast paced and informative

It’s fast paced and the information comes off very smoothly. Don’t blink or you will be restarting the chapter again. I found it a great resource to use to when reading/listening to other ancient histories book when I needed reference a given tribe/ culture

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Title is inaccurate and is poorly researched.

First off, this book is NOT about forgotten peoples, instead is a survey of bronze and iron age cultures traditionally discussed in popular histories.

What is more egregious is the author presents Manetho's now debunked account of the Hyksos as fact and discusses the Hebrews and Hyksos in totally different chapters. However, the author has no qualms about using the Torah as a primary source and quotes it often. From this, it can be deduced the author has not read the primary sources he quotes, because if he had he would have seen Josephus' argument that the Hebrews and Hyksos were one and the same.

Combine that with the arbitrary demonization of certain cultures, weird stereotypes, and delusional belief that ancient culture was extremely warlike show the author has only read a modest number of popular histories and is not subject matter expert. For instance, the author seems to think migration consists of whole populations uprooting and eradicating native populations. The author presents quotes from some ancient sources as fact even if they are absurd, like the idea Thracian women were all sluts.

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Excellent book

The narration is excellent.
I came into this book not knowing anything about the ancient tribes. I wanted to learn and not be bored.
I learned a lot and enjoyed every minute

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Very basic information

This is a quick look at ancient people. Leaves more questions than it answers.

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Superb Narration. Excellent Material.

Wonderfully concise, full of relevant facts, and a must listen to anyone with any enthusiasm or passion for ancient history. I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough.

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Well executed survey of lost peoples

This is an excellent overview of lost peoples. Easily followed if, like me, you’re doing other tasks while listening.The narrator does a first rate job. Recommended