What a great course!
The talk was just awesome! Even though I have been to Turkey twice and knew quite a bit, I learned SO MUCH more with Tiago! Looking forward to the rest of the series.
What a great painting of the Ottoman Empire: it needs a lot of attention but this course is very generous!
The geographically wide-spanning, 600 year history of three empires takes place at a sometimes breathtaking speed. This is a rich feast of politico-religious social structures and how they are expressed in conquest and architecture. Maps accompany each lecture. Illustrated excursions into comparisons of the arts of these empires are welcome "palate cleansers" amongst the density of verbal and visual information.
I took this course to begin filling the gap in my knowledge of the Middle East. Tiago's talks were chocked full of not only the history of the area, but also the aesthetics of the various cultures' art and architecture. There is a lot of information in each talk and the replays were invaluable to me. If you wish, you could send hours further researching many of the points discussed in each lecture. As an aside, I took this course at the same time as Dr. Madden's "History of the Crusades". They are an excellent pairing.