Ancient Empires before Alexander

Ancient Empires before Alexander - Robert L. Dise Jr. It may be me or the material rather than the professor, but I just found this one to be extremely dry. However, I don't think the professor belongs in top 2% in the country, or whatever The Teaching Company advertises. I think that one problem with this time period is that there is very little personal or biographical information about the various characters, which is what I personally like. It may also be the fact that the course is a survey of over 2,000 years of history, from Mesopotamia through the rise of Rome, which doesn't leave much but a listing of battles, succession crises, etc., with the occasional foray into governmental and military organization - not exactly scintillating material in the best of hands.