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The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire | [Anthony Everitt]

The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire

Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., Rome grew to become the ancient world's preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome's rise to glory into an erudite book filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome's shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire.
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Publisher's Summary

Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., Rome grew to become the ancient world's preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome's rise to glory into an erudite book filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome's shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire. And he outlines the corrosion of constitutional norms that accompanied Rome's imperial expansion, as old habits of political compromise gave way, leading to violence and civil war. In the end, unimaginable wealth and power corrupted the traditional virtues of the Republic, and Rome was left triumphant everywhere except within its own borders.

Everitt paints indelible portraits of the great Romans - and non-Romans - who left their mark on the world out of which the mighty empire grew: Cincinnatus, Rome's George Washington, the very model of the patrician warrior/aristocrat; the brilliant general Scipio Africanus, who turned back a challenge from the Carthaginian legend Hannibal; and Alexander the Great, the invincible Macedonian conqueror who became a role model for generations of would-be Roman rulers. Here also are the intellectual and philosophical leaders whose observations on the art of government and "the good life" have inspired every Western power from antiquity to the present: Cato the Elder, the famously incorruptible statesman who spoke out against the decadence of his times, and Cicero, the consummate orator whose championing of republican institutions put him on a collision course with Julius Caesar and whose writings on justice and liberty continue to inform our political discourse today.

Rome's decline and fall have long fascinated historians, but the story of how the empire was won is every bit as compelling. With The Rise of Rome, one of our most revered chroniclers of the ancient world tells that tale in a way that will galvanize, inform, and enlighten modern listeners.

©2012 Anthony Everitt (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Everitt takes [listeners] on a remarkable journey into the creation of the great civilization's political institutions, cultural traditions, and social hierarchy.... [E]ngaging work that will captivate and inform from beginning to end." (Booklist)

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    Adam Odnert San Francisco, CA United States 07-09-13
    Adam Odnert San Francisco, CA United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2012

    Listening about the lives of others distracts me from my own on the one hand while enlivening it on the other.

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    "Great Insights Amid Details"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I read great insights in-between long stretches of filler text. I would have accepted more bottom line facts and less line item reporting. I got bored while listening to passages describing the political play-by-plays that didn't serve to make the insights any clearer. It would have been better to highlight the original content and annotate details that amount to [paraphrasing] "...so and so met but didn't have quorum".


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The reader is articulate with a marvelous voice. Still, he tended to report the text like it was in a teleprompter. His pace and narrow dynamic range disappointed my expectations for a new presentation of the rise of Rome. He was very understandable, quick, and authoritative but would like to have heard some more wonder in the storytelling.


    Was The Rise of Rome worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Everitt's insights and original content is superb. The history goes in and out of scope and detail with some irregularity. Sometimes there were long sections of history that didn't seem necessary in such exhaustive detail. There is no detail too precise so long as it is followed with an insight that required that detail. I'm glad to have read it, though I might be wary of another long read by Chafer.

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    Anthony La Canada, CA, United States 04-01-13
    Anthony La Canada, CA, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very instructive and entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This author does a good job in combining the legend of Rome with the reality.He portrays what the Romans felt about themselves and their environment. Enjoyed listening to the story.


    What other book might you compare The Rise of Rome to and why?

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    What does Clive Chafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings an air of intellectualism to the story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Rivoli New York, NY 03-04-13
    S. Rivoli New York, NY 03-04-13
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    "Good Overview"
    What did you love best about The Rise of Rome?

    Really enjoyed the book tho it took me some time to get into it. I thought the Narrator was wonderful and the author goes to great pains to explain part of Roman life and latin as it pertains to the history. I did not like the timeline presented and the author so regularly goes back and forth in time that it was often difficult keeping the story straight.


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    Scott Andover, NJ, United States 05-09-13
    Scott Andover, NJ, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating tale of the sad decay of the Republic"
    Did Clive Chafer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This perhaps could have been done a little more effectively, It may just have been a bit hard for me because they are Latin names that becuase it is an audiobook, you never see written out.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found they book upsetting. Rome goes from a virtuous outpost city to a domineering power by the Third Punic War, then constitutional order slips away culminating in Caesar and the loss of the Republic.


    Any additional comments?

    At first I was very turned off by the Narrator but was fine after getting used to his voice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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