Thoughts on: The Story of Civilization, Vol 3: Caesar and Christ by Will Durant

Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, this book is not read one either. It’s thousand pages covers almost all aspects of Roman civilization..The broad scope is both it’s biggest strength and it’s weakness. While philosophy and statemanship holds my attention, Rome’s pottery and poetic traditions does not. This leads many highs and lows,Continue reading “Thoughts on: The Story of Civilization, Vol 3: Caesar and Christ by Will Durant”

Thoughts on: The Life of Greece by Will Durant

When I first posted my goal of making Ancient Greece the focus of my studies this year, I someone cautioned me that it might be too much to deal with in such a short time. It was only after getting a few hours into this book that I understood what she/he meant: it’s impossible toContinue reading “Thoughts on: The Life of Greece by Will Durant”

Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 4) – The Far East

My longest book to date has reached its end, and this is just the 1st volume (out of 11) in the The Story of Civilization series by Will Durant. This last part focused on ancient China and Japan. Was it worth it? We are talking about a 50 hour audiobook. Yes, I think so! DoesContinue reading “Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 4) – The Far East”

Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 3) – India and it’s Neighbors

I’m 35 hours (50 in total) into this beast of a book and it’s a good time for another mini review. This part tackles the history of India and it’s a good one! 📝Gandhi: “What the eyes are for the outer world, fasts are for the inner.” I have never fasted. Have you? Maybe thisContinue reading “Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 3) – India and it’s Neighbors”

Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 2) – The Near East

The second part of this tome (1200+ pages) is focused on the Ancient civilizations of the Near East; Egypt, Persia, Babylonia, Judea etc.. 📝 “It is in the nature of an empire to disintegrate soon, for the energy that created it disappears from those who inherits it.” 📝 Persia was founded by a stoic people,Continue reading “Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 2) – The Near East”

Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 1)

Photo credit: @eruchdah Why should you know history? It tells you how we got where we are today. Why we believe what we believe, why we do what we do. By learning about the past you can also avoid repeating it’s mistakes —- and it’s f***ing fascinating! This book is ambitious in scope, the seriesContinue reading “Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 1)”