Wisdom of the Ancients
Neil Oliver

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Narrated By: Neil Oliver

Duration: 7 hours and 59 minutes

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From the bestselling author of The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places comes this inspiring and beautifully written meditation on the wisdom inherited from our ancestors.

For all we have gained in the modern world, simple peace of mind is hard to find. In a time that is increasingly fraught with complexity and conflict, we are told that our wellbeing relies on remaining as present as possible. But what if the key to being present lies in the past?

In Wisdom of the Ancients, Neil Oliver takes us back in time, to grab hold of the ideas buried in forgotten cultures and early civilizations. From Laetoli footprints in Tanzania to Keralan rituals, stone circles and cave paintings, Oliver takes us on a global journey through antiquity. A master storyteller, drawing on immense knowledge of our ancient past, he distils this wisdom into twelve messages that have endured the test of time, and invites us to consider how these might apply to our lives today. The result is powerful and inspirational, moving and profound.

© Neil Oliver 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Genre

General & world history, History of ideas, Archaeological theory, Evolutionary anthropology, Social & cultural anthropology, Social & cultural history

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A fascinating fact-laden expedition through the ages. Oliver's erudition shines off every page.

Anna Pasternak

Reading Wisdom of the Ancients is like putting on the finest headphones ever made. Here, cutting out the background noise of a society fevered by consumption and sensation...is a book that really makes you think and offers up the excitement of discovering things that when you read them make you fizz like understanding a foreign language you never realised you knew. This book is the equivalent of diving into a cool sea on a baking hot day, you emerge smiley and refreshed. I wish I had written this.

Tim Smit

Neil Oliver writes beautifully - bringing the past to life and letting us see ourselves in a new light.