A History of the Roman Republic is Cyril Robinson's masterpiece. The lucid, beautifully phrased prose of this magnificent work still thrills us today. After almost a century, there is still no serious rival to this amazing work of scholarship.
Volume 1 begins in 2000 B.C. with the origin of the Latin people, their relationship to the other Italic tribes, and their long struggle to free themselves from Etruscan domination in the sixth century B.C. We follow as Rome conquers all of Italy by 250 B.C. and finally comes into conflict with the other great power of the Western Mediterranean, Carthage. After almost 50 years of warfare, Carthage and Hannibal are defeated and Rome emerges as the foremost power in the known world. Volume 1 comes to an end with Rome's reluctant entry into the Eastern Mediterranean and her contact with Hellenism in the mid-second century B.C.�a contact that will change Rome completely.
If you've already listened to Volume 1, don't forget to check out Volume 2 of Cyril Robinson's A History of the Roman Republic.
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This is a fascinating look at the development of the Roman Republic. Ultimately, it says as much about the author and his time as it does about the Republic. Listen especially to his extolling of the virtues of Roman discipline and his condemnation of the vices of the oriental kingdoms and the Greeks. This is as much a look at Victorian/Edwardian England as the Roman Republic. As such, it's great read.
The narrator is superb. His accent and inflection suit the material perfectly. You, the reader, will be transported to the Explorers' Club in London at the turn of the 20th Century; the smell of tweed and pipe tobacco are palpable.
A classic and informative history of the Roman Republic. Be warned, the author presumes the reader already has a working knowledge of classical history. A novice might be lost and confused, especially since the book doesn't follow a continuous narrative, instead jumping back and forth in time. Also be prepared for language that would be considered racist and bigoted today. The author possesses the unique brand of scholarly, dispassionate racism that was common amongst aristocratic Englishmen of the time. Still well worth listening to.
Great listening! Covers the rise of Rome, warts and all. If you recollect hilarious debate in the Life of Brian on "What have the Romans ever done for us?", this book will give the answers, as well as covering the less savoury aspects of the extraordinary epoch. On the narrator: I have a number of downloads narrated by the eccentric Mr Griffin, and have enjoyed them all.
I did not know that.
The Roman world, along with the Greeks, and the Hebrews/Christians gave the West its great cultural advantages which has been the reason for the great advancements of western society. One can not understand our world without understanding to some extent what we have inherited from the Romans.
An easy to understand and well told history of Rome. The narrator is very British, but it didn’t bother me much. The authors claim that Hellenism ruins the Roman republic is farfetched, he is talking about the greeks contaminating the roman blood!
Superb writing, and narration. An excellent review of Roman history. I just wished he would of focused a little more on the battles, describing them with more detail, but this is a minor detail.
Since this is a topic that interests me I was willing to put up with very dry narration but found the Griffin to be a pleasant surprise. Some of the other reviews don't agree with me but I was very impressed. I found this to be a very good starting point to further study of the topic. Especially if you decide to go onto to reading some primary source material. So much work is done into the history of Julius and Augustus Caesar I found it very interesting to get a more in depth knowledge to everything leading up to it. I enjoyed the insight into the other bordering empires as well, though some negative views of the Greeks should probably be seen as an opinion and not historical fact as some of the other reviews have pointed out.
Long on words short on information and inspiration. The most important culure in western civilization and more time is spent on empty words and aristocratic accents
Okay, maybe I had this all wrong, but this is not an audio book you can listen to on long drives. Very little imagery. Reads like a college history textbook. Skip this if you want something more entertaining. I found myself day dreaming more than listening.
I love history books, but - by golly - I never even finished part one of this book.
Here’s the scoop: the audio quality is awful and the reader’s learned accent is right out of a stuffy members-only dinning club. There are all these weird drummers who show up between chapters, and (as I recall) there is also the sound of “solders on the march” blended into the background, when appropriate.
Someone should edit the book to make it a little more fun to read, drop the background noise and have someone read it who can make it interesting. I regret not being able to plow through it because I’m very curious to learn about the topic…. Oh well, not with this book I guess.
This could be a classic, but....
Charlton Griffin, as you can imagine, is from the US. Nothing wrong with that, but instead of being unashamed of his accent he puts on a ridiculous amateurish English accent.
You know that you're in trouble when the author is called "Psy-ril" Robinson, rather than "Cyril". Having listened to Mike Duncan's admirable History of Rome podcasts I have no problem with the North American accent. Indeed, his easy going approach draws you in.
Charlton Griffin's pronunciation is laughable, pretentious and downright bizarre. How can you get words like "passage" "epoch" "produce" "peninsula" so wrong.
I'm only five minutes in and I find this award winning voice over artist incredibly annoying.
Putting on a faux English accent doesn't lend any gravitas to this work, it detracts from it.
I will be avoiding Mr Griffin's efforts in future.
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