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The History of Ancient Rome | [The Great Courses]

The History of Ancient Rome

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: . Horatius at the bridge . Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage . Caesar assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey . The doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra . The mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula . The conversion of Constantine 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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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:

  • Horatius at the bridge
  • Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage
  • Caesar being assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey
  • The doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra
  • The mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula
  • The conversion of Constantine.

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.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

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    I was captivated by the professor's delivery and competence on the subject. Just the right pace and depth. It went surpringly fast...and left me wanting more. Good work!

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    Appreciate the coverage of early Rome and culture, concentrating less on the last 200 years of the Western Roman Empire. Great insights.

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    Far more key persons, events, and descriptions of the empire itself, were left out than accounted for in this "History" of the Roman Empire.

    I have read or listened to several books on the subject and this one ranks as the worst by far. The narrator adds little to no value, and could at times be considered a distraction.

    Overall recommendation is to "Pass"on this one, and select one of the more highly rated efforts in the Audible Library.

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    Excellent learning experience! Excellent lecture interesting and clear explanation of events. Held my attention through the whole book.

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    "A wonderful journey"

    Professor Fagan is wonderful lecturer, and this is a fascinating course. His delivery is fantastic and there are even moments of humour here and there - truly rare in the Great Courses series. In fact, on more than one occasion he made a joke that was so funny I could hear the producers in the room burst out laughing in the background.

    That being said, I did find my mind wandering a little in the last third of the course. This is simply because I prefer narrative history more than social history, which the last part of the course covers. This is a personal thing, of course, and not a reflection on the content or the lecturer.

    If you also prefer narrative history I would recommend Professor Fagan's other course on the Emperors Of Rome above this one. But that doesn't mean I don't recommend this one, as I most certainly do.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The History of Ancient Rome to be better than the print version?

    Absolutley. The professor did an excellent job of keeping me interested by his wit and scarasm.


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    This was a great overview of the rise of the Roman Empire. It does a great job of explaining why things happened without prejudice.

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    Professor Fagan does a wonderful job. To the point, easy to follow and packed with fascinating history. Bravo!

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    And enjoyable and truly educational listening experience. I appreciate Professor Fagan for making his course available through The Great Courses and Audible. I consider to have been so very lucky to have come across it.

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