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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GREAT course. Packed with information - amazing to see the impact the Romans had on us today as well as the different world they lived in.
Too many to say. This is chock full of information.
No opinion on "characters." These are real historical figures, I don't understand this terminology.
This isn't a book. I'm now realizing the review questions are completely inapplicable.
Pay more attention to the review questions.
A different professor/narrator, a different syllabus, a different approach to the topic... OK, different everything!
Not on a bet.
As a result of listening to this course (I almost always listen to an entire course, to give the course and professor a fair hearing), I feel that I now know LESS about the history of Rome than I did before listening to the course.
This is a great introduction into Roman history. By far it is not a complete narrative, but the courses are very good at covering the major events, culture, and politics in Roman history.
Fresh, up to date, scholarly and never boring. This is not the ancient history course I aced in high school and college.
Recommended highly for all adult listeners.
Listening to the history of Rome is kind of disturbing in that Rome, particularly the late Roman Republic, walked a path of increasing civic disorder that sounds very familiar to a modern American. Institutions lose their historical roles as crises arise, public discourse is reduced to mob violence or the threat thereof, and power is increasingly centralized. If that doesn't sound familiar, turn on your TV or your favorite internet news source. People are people, and as brilliant as we think we are, listening to the history of Rome makes me wonder if we aren't living in the latter days of the American Republic.
History has a wealth of wisdom. There are a lot harder ways to get wisdom than listening to Dr. Fagan's pleasing Irish tones describing a foundational and illustrative period in Western civilization.
"Rome wasn't built in a day - It takes 22hrs 42mins"
This title is definitely in my top 3 amongst some very stiff competition. I was enthralled from start to finish. Some audiobooks I've read, I just can't wait to end but I have to finish them - once this book started I was dreading it!
As a City Councillor, I was amazed at how similar politics was then as it is today - both in terms of the political set-up and the behaviour of politicians!
Professor Fagan is a very good narrator. He is an expert in his field with a sense of humour that comes across throughout the lectures. Professor Fagan's humour and comments throughout often reflect his personal opinions on certain actions of behaviour, which gives you a perspective to think about and consider, whether you agree with him or not. I don't often write reviews, but felt that his personality and emotional input was deserving of a cracking review. I would like others to share the fantastic experience. Professor Fagan is my hero.
This book was a shock to the system. I enjoyed it so much that I have even sometimes reflected that I wish I'd studied the topic at University as an undergraduate; I read Politics.
I listened to another audiobook on Ancient Rome before this one and really did not enjoy it too much. That book was only redeemed by one top-notch chapter on Rome in Numbers, using stats and figures to give a perspective of the Ancient World. I almost gave up on the topic, then this Lecture series caught my eye. If you're considering learning about Ancient Rome and haven't tried the Great Lecture Series - cross the Rubicon, 'cast the die' and give Professor Fagan a chance.
"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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