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  • The History of Ancient Rome | The Great Courses

    The History of Ancient Rome

    • ORIGINAL (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Garrett G. Fagan
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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 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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic"
  • Emperors of Rome | The Great Courses

    Emperors of Rome

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Garrett G. Fagan
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    What sort of men were the Roman emperors (and they were all men)? What background and training, if any, prepared them for their awesome responsibilities? What depravities did they display? And what achievements can they claim: laws passed, monuments built, lands and peoples conquered? Dive into these questions and more with this introduction to the complex personalities of emperors such as Augustus, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero.

    Philip says: "Informative and thorough"
  • Augustus: First Emperor of Rome | Adrian Goldsworthy

    Augustus: First Emperor of Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Adrian Goldsworthy
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    Caesar Augustus's story, one of the most riveting in western history, is filled with drama and contradiction, risky gambles and unexpected success. He began as a teenage warlord, whose only claim to power was as the heir of the murdered Julius Caesar. Mark Antony dubbed him "a boy who owes everything to a name," but in the years to come the youth outmaneuvered all the older and more experienced politicians and was the last man standing in 30 BC.

    Matthew says: "Insightful"
  • Warburg in Rome | James Carroll

    Warburg in Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Carroll
    • Narrated By David Doersch
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    David Warburg, newly minted director of the U.S. War Refugee Board, arrives in Rome at war's end, determined to bring aid to the destitute European Jews streaming into the city. Marguerite d'Erasmo, a French-Italian Red Cross worker with a shadowed past, is initially Warburg's guide to a complicated Rome; while a charismatic young American Catholic priest, Monsignor Kevin Deane, seems equally committed to aiding Italian Jews. Soon, Warburg discovers one of history's great scandals....

    RAMON says: "Engrossing Historical Fiction"
  • The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes and Imperial Pretenders | Peter Heather

    The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes and Imperial Pretenders

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Peter Heather
    • Narrated By Allan Robertson
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    In AD 476, the last of Rome's emperors, known as "Augustulus", was deposed by a barbarian general, the son of one of Attila the Hun's henchmen. With the imperial vestments dispatched to Constantinople, the curtain fell on the Roman empire in Western Europe, its territories divided among successor kingdoms constructed around barbarian military manpower. But, if the Roman Empire was dead, Romans across much of the old empire still lived, holding on to their lands, their values, and their institutions.

    ryley garrett says: "One of the best history books on audible!"
  • Soldier of Rome: The Legionary Book One of the Artorian Chronicles | James Mace

    Soldier of Rome: The Legionary Book One of the Artorian Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Mace
    • Narrated By Nigel Patterson
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    In the year A.D. 9, three Roman Legions under Quintilius Varus were betrayed by the Germanic war chief, Arminius, and destroyed in the forest known as Teutoburger Wald. Six years later Rome is finally ready to unleash her vengeance on the barbarians. The Emperor Tiberius has sent his adopted son, Germanicus Caesar, into Germania with an army of forty-thousand legionaries. The come not on a mission of conquest, but one of annihilation. With them is a young legionary named Artorius.

    Harry says: "Full Metal Jacket for The Roman era"
  • Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome | Stephen Dando-Collins

    Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen Dando-Collins
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
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    Stephen Dando-Collins paints a vivid and definitive portrait of daily life in the Tenth Legion as he follows Caesar and his men along the blood-soaked fringes of the Empire. This unprecedented regimental history reveals countless previously unknown details about Roman military practices, Caesar's conduct as a commander and his relationships with officers and legionnaires, and the daily routine and discipline of the Legion.

    Ethan M. says: "You should really be interested in the topic first"
  • Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome | Robert Harris

    Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
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    On the eve of Marcus Cicero's inauguration as consul of Rome, the grisly death of a boy sends ripples of fear through a city already wracked by civil unrest, crime, and debauchery of every kind. Felled by a hammer, his throat slit and his organs removed, the young slave appears to have been offered as a human sacrifice, forbidden as an abomination in the Roman Republic. For Cicero, the ill forebodings of this hideous murder only increase his frustrations and the dangers he already faces as Rome's leader.

    David says: "Enjoyable Read"
  • The First Man in Rome | Colleen McCullough

    The First Man in Rome

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By David Ogden Stiers
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    In the first century B.C. at the height of the Roman Republic, two men set their sights on becoming the First Man - the Roman more respected than any other. Marius, a heroic man of strength and means, lacks the noble blood to contend for the First Man, but overcomes his common status when he marries into the patrician house of Caesar. Sulla, a pleasure-seeking aristocrat without money of his own, is transformed by his ambitions into a fierce and daring warrior. Together the two men will shape history as they are thrust into a raging storm....

    R. L. Roeck says: "MASSACRE! DON'T BUY ABRIGED BOOKS!"
  • Hero of Rome | Douglas Jackson

    Hero of Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Douglas Jackson
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
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    The Roman grip on Britain is weakening. Emperor Nero has turned his face away from this far-flung outpost. The Druids are on the rise, spreading seeds of rebellion among the British tribes. Roman cruelty and exploitation has angered their British subjects. The warrior queen Boudicca will lead the tribes to war. Standing against the rising tide of Boudicca's rebellion is Roman Tribune, Gaius Valerius Verrens, Commander of the veteran legions at Colonia.

    Mike Varley says: "Good story, well told and well read"
  • The Gates of Rome | Conn Iggulden

    The Gates of Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
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    From the spectacle of gladiatorial combat to the intrigue of the Senate, from the foreign wars that created an empire to the betrayals that almost tore it apart, the Emperor novels tell the remarkable story of the man who would become the greatest Roman of them all: Julius Caesar. The Gates of Romeintroduces an ambitious young man facing his first great test. In the city of Rome, a titanic power struggle is about to shake the Republic to its core.

    Kimberly says: "Best of Genre"
  • Fire in the East: Warrior of Rome, Book 1 | Harry Sidebottom

    Fire in the East: Warrior of Rome, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Harry Sidebottom
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    A.D. 255. The Roman imperium is stretched to the breaking point, its authority and might challenged throughout the territories and along every border. One man is sent to marshal the defenses of a lonely city and to shore up the crumbling walls of a once indomitable symbol of Roman power, a man whose very name means war: a man called Ballista. So unfolds an epic drama - a story of empire, heroes, treachery, courage, and most of all, of brutal, bloody warfare.

    Steve says: "As good as historical fiction gets..."
  • Arms of Nemesis: A Novel of Ancient Rome | Steven Saylor

    Arms of Nemesis: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By Scott Harrison
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    South of Rome on the Gulf of Puteoli stands the splendid villa of Marcus Crassus, Rome's wealthiest citizen. When the estate overseer is murdered, Crassus concludes that the deed was done by two missing slaves, who have probably run off to join the Spartacan Slave Revolt. Unless they are found within three days, Crassus vows to massacre his remaining 99 slaves.

    Linda says: "Awful narrator!"
  • Rome and the Barbarians | The Great Courses

    Rome and the Barbarians

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
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    The history of the Romans as they advanced the frontiers of Classical civilization is often told as a story of warfare and conquest-the mighty legions encountering the "barbarians." But this only tells one side of the story.Who were the Celts, Goths, Huns, and Persians met by the Romans as they marched north and east? What were the political, military, and social institutions that made Rome so stable, allowing its power to be wielded against these different cultures for nearly three centuries?

    Mike says: "History of Rome from the Barbarian's Perspective!"
  • Rome: A Marked Men Novel | Jay Crownover

    Rome: A Marked Men Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jay Crownover
    • Narrated By William Sharpe, Alicia Neil
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    Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed "bad boy" friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won't let herself get burned again. She's waiting to fall in love with the perfect man - a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer.

    Jordy says: "yum"
  • The History of Rome, Volume 1, Books 1 - 5 | Titus Livy,William Masfen Roberts (translator)

    The History of Rome, Volume 1, Books 1 - 5

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Titus Livy, William Masfen Roberts (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    When Livy began his epic The History of Rome, he had no idea of the fame and fortune he would eventually attain. He would go on to become the most widely read writer in the Roman Empire and was eagerly sought out and feted like a modern celebrity. And his fame continued to grow after his death. His bombastic style, his intricate and complex sentence structure, and his flair for powerfully recreating the searing drama of historical incidents made him a favorite of teachers and pupils alike.

    megan says: "Ahhhhhhh Livy"
  • The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome | Susan Wise Bauer

    The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath" - literature, epic traditions, private letters, and accounts - to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Fantastic Overview!"
  • The History of Rome, Volume 2: Books 6 - 10 | Titus Livy

    The History of Rome, Volume 2: Books 6 - 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Titus Livy
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Livy continues his magnificent epic, with Rome in complete ruin after the Gallic invasion and sack of the city in 310 B.C. Led by Camillus, one of Rome's great heroic patricians, the city regains her self-confidence and once more becomes the leader of the Latin people. Painstakingly rebuilding alliances, forging friendships, cementing relations among her own people, and fighting endless wars, Rome soon becomes the dominant power among the fractious Italic tribes on the Latin plain.

    Hanne says: "Terrible performance"
  • The Modern Scholar: Odyssey of the West II: A Classic Education through the Great Books: From Athens to Rome and the Gospels | Timothy Shutt,Kim J. Hartswick,Joel F. Richeimer,Lawrence H. Schiffman

    The Modern Scholar: Odyssey of the West II: A Classic Education through the Great Books: From Athens to Rome and the Gospels

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Timothy Shutt, Kim J. Hartswick, Joel F. Richeimer, and others
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    The lectures address-in chronological sequence-a series of major works that have shaped the ongoing development of Western thought both in their own right and in cultural dialogue with other traditions. In the process, the course engages many of the most perennial and far-reaching questions that we face in our daily lives.

    Alberto Dominguez says: "Not bad"
  • The Ides: Caesar’s Murder and the War for Rome | Stephen Dando-Collins

    The Ides: Caesar’s Murder and the War for Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen Dando-Collins
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
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    The assassination of Julius Caesar is one of the most notorious murders in history. Even now, many questions remain about his death: Was Brutus the hero and Caesar the villain? Was Mark Antony aware of the plot? Using historical evidence to sort out these and other puzzling issues, historian and award-winning author Stephen Dando-Collins recaptures the drama of Caesar's demise and the chaotic aftermath as the vicious struggle unfolded for power between Antony and Octavian.

    Garcia says: "Not Good History"
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