Even today, the influence of Ancient Rome is indelible, with Europe and the world owing this extraordinary empire a huge cultural debt in almost every important category of human endeavor, including art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. At the peak of its power, Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability, unified in politics and law, stretching from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland. And it stood for almost 700 years.
In this series of 48 spirited lectures, you'll see how a small village of shepherds and farmers rose to tower over the civilized world of its day and left a permanent mark on history. In telling Rome's riveting story, Professor Fagan draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and archaeological scholarship, to introduce the fascinating tale of Rome's rise and decline, including the famous events and personalities that have become so familiar:
The course also addresses one of history's greatest questions: Why did the Roman Empire fall? And you'll learn why most modern scholars believe that the empire did not "fall" at all, but, rather, changed into something very different - the less urbanized, more rural, early medieval world.
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He does a very good job to cover such an enormous subject. His style is entertaining with fun stories about some of the leading characters.
Very good course on Ancient Rome. I especially enjoyed the discussion of the republican period. Most "documentaries" (read: "entertainment") seem to focus on either decadent Roman emperors or on the military exclusively but this gives a thorough breakdown of the ad hoc "duct-tape-and-baling-wire" nature of the Roman Republic.
This survey of Roman history is competently arranged and executed, but rarely compelling. The end product feels too superficial and rushed. The lecturer has a habit of briefly mentioning topics nearly every episode and then saying "but we don't have time to talk about that"—a habit I've not noticed before in other Great Courses.
It's hard to articulate, but the course feels like it's geared toward students who have studied Latin, who know very little about Roman history, and who will be expected to do original research with primary sources in the future. For example, the lecturer regularly details what written evidence there is for a given era or topic, and he often highlights areas where he suggests more research should be done—the type of tone more typically taken in a graduate program, not a survey history course. It's not a bad approach, just one that isn't quite congruous with how most Great Courses work.
Love the professor.
For the most part, the course is quite captivating. The professor is very gifted, charismatic, and expert. I learned so much.
Over the 48 chapters, only a couple points from laborious, which is impressive.
I look forward to listening to other great courses on Rome as well.
I learned so much.
"Brilliant, just brilliant!"
This is a very well structured set of lectures, easy to listen to and easy to take in.
Professor Fagan has great knowledge of the subject, and his soft voice lets you close your eyes and be transported back to the period of the Romans.
If you are interested in Roman history, then this is the book for you. Just brilliant!!!
"Easily aborbed and understandable"
Yes. Very informative and a wealth of information broken down into manageable chunks.
The narrator. Brought the story to life with witty asides.
Both the thematic and linear lectures. Also found the derivation of English words very interesting.
Made me laugh.
Not really an audiobook in the traditional sense but a series of academic lectures. Does not detract from the enjoyment though.
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