I thought this lecture on Machu Picchu was one of the best Context lectures I've heard. Loved the outside video clips and wealth of detail.
Prof. Herzog is too impressed with himself, and spent too much time and energy trying to make us feel the same. With regard to the mystery of how the Incas managed to construct walls and buildings by cutting and fitting huge stone blocks together with astonishing precision, he commented, "It's not as much of a mystery as one might think." He pointed out that he Incas had (a) a lot of people laboring and (b) they had stone cutting tools--as if this explains the mystery. To dismiss their accomplishment, he's clearly had no practical experience with this work. (I have, and I remain mystified as to how they did it.) To my knowledge, no one understands practically how the Incas actually accomplished this--and if Prof. Herzog wanted to diminish the complexity and mystery, then he needed to explain how they did it. (He didn't.)
Dr. Herzog’s tour of the history, temples, and natural beauty of this incredible site was top notch! Context should offer it frequently.
This seminar was a comprehensive overview of the history of Machu Picchu along with facts and geography. The talk was very well organized and the photos and videos were excellent.
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