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  • SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome | Mary Beard

    SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mary Beard
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
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    In SPQR, world-renowned classicist Mary Beard narrates the unprecedented rise of a civilization that even 2,000 years later still shapes many of our most fundamental assumptions about power, citizenship, responsibility, political violence, empire, luxury, and beauty.

    Joe says: "Shallow and unsatisfying"
  • 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.

    Sean says: "Accessible"
  • Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor | Anthony Everitt

    Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    Caesar Augustus has been called history's greatest emperor. It was said he found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. With a senator for a father and Julius Caesar for a great-uncle, he ascended the ranks of Roman society with breathtaking speed. His courage in battle is still questioned yet his political savvy was second to none. He had a lifelong rival in Mark Antony and a 51-year companion in his wife, Livia. And his influence extended perhaps further than that of any ruler who has ever lived.

    Orson says: "Ancient biographies are hard"
  • Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of An Empire | Simon Baker

    Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of An Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Simon Baker
    • Narrated By Chris MacDonnell
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    This is the story of the greatest empire the world has ever known. Simon Baker charts the rise and fall of the world's first superpower, focusing on six momentous turning points that shaped Roman history. Welcome to Rome as you've never seen it before - awesome and splendid, gritty and squalid. From the conquest of the Mediterranean beginning in the third century BC to the destruction of the Roman Empire at the hands of barbarian invaders some seven centuries later, we discover the most critical episodes in Roman history.

    Marc says: "good overview"
  • 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!"
  • 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"
  • In the Name of Rome: The Men Who Won the Roman Empire | Adrian Goldsworthy

    In the Name of Rome: The Men Who Won the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Adrian Goldsworthy
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    Adrian Goldsworthy has received wide acclaim for his exceptional writing on the Roman Empire - including high praise from the acclaimed military historian and author John Keegan - and here he offers a new perspective on the empire by focusing on its greatest generals, including Scipio Africanus, Marius, Pompey, Caesar, and Titus.

    Gerry says: "Great series of analyses of Roman Generalship"
  • Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean |  The Great Courses,Robert Garland

    Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
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    Integrated approaches to teaching Greek and Roman history are a rarity in academia. Most scholars are historians of either Greek or Roman history and perform research solely in that specific field, an approach that author and award-winning Professor Robert Garland considers questionable.In these 36 passionate lectures, he provides and impressive and rare opportunity to understand the two dominant cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world in relation to one another-a relationship that has virtually no parallel in world history.

    Mountain K9iner says: "Excellent content with some caveats"
  • How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower | Adrian Goldsworthy

    How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Adrian Goldsworthy
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    In AD 200, the Roman Empire seemed unassailable, its vast territory accounting for most of the known world. By the end of the fifth century, Roman rule had vanished in Western Europe and much of northern Africa, and only a shrunken Eastern Empire remained. This was a period of remarkable personalities, from the philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius to emperors like Diocletian, who portrayed themselves as tough, even brutal, soldiers.

    Ryan says: "The tragic story of the fall of a great empire"
  • Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome | Crystal King

    Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Crystal King
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    On a blistering day in the 26th year of Augustus Caesar's reign, a young chef, Thrasius, is acquired for the exorbitant price of 20,000 denarii. His purchaser is the infamous gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius, wealthy beyond measure, obsessed with a taste for fine meals from exotic places and a singular ambition: to serve as culinary adviser to Caesar, an honor that will cement his legacy as Rome's leading epicure.

    Paulette Buchheim says: "It made me hungry for more"
  • Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World | Anthony Doerr

    Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Anthony Doerr
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    Anthony Doerr has received many awards. Then came the Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and with it a stipend and a writing studio in Rome for a year. Doerr learned of the award the day he and his wife returned from the hospital with newborn twins. Exquisitely observed, Four Seasons in Rome describes Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world.

    Molly-o says: "Oh my , don't miss this one"
  • 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.

    Hellocat says: "Informative and thorough"
  • Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome | Steven Saylor

    Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Weaving history, legend, and new archaeological discoveries into a spellbinding narrative, critically acclaimed novelist Steven Saylor gives new life to the drama of Rome's first 1,000 years - from the founding of the city by the ill-fated twins Romulus and Remus, through Rome's astonishing ascent to become the capital of the most powerful empire in history.

    S. Caruso says: "Excellent Feel for Ancient Rome"
  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    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.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rome from the fall of Troy through Julius Caesar"
  • 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.

    Justin says: "No research whatsoever went into this book."
  • 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.

    Steven says: "You know my name...say it."
  • Walk and Talk Rome | Anya Shetterly

    Walk and Talk Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Anya Shetterly
    • Narrated By Maria Tucci
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    Get ready for a one-of-a-kind audio experience: discover Rome through intimate, guided audio walking tours of the city's most historic and enchanting quarters. There are four guided tours for you to listen to as you walk through Rome, plus essential Italian words and phrases that every traveler wants to know.

    edchair says: "Walking Rome"
  • Sweet Rome | Tillie Cole

    Sweet Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Tillie Cole
    • Narrated By David Radford
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    It makes me laugh when I hear folks think Molly and I rushed into things too fast, spouting that we couldn't possibly have felt what we did for each other in such a short space of time. I say, how the hell would they know? We made it, didn't we? She became my whole life, didn't she? And as for my folks not being real, being true? Tell that to me aged 10, 11, 12 - damn, all my bastard life - when I was never enough, when I was beaten until I bled for being too good at football and not being everything they'd dreamed.

    URSULA G says: "Not Much New Here"
  • The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy | Adrienne Mayor

    The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    A National Book Award finalist for this epic work, Adrienne Mayor delivers a gripping account of Mithradates, the ruthless visionary who began to challenge Rome’s power in 120 B.C. Machiavelli praised his military genius. Kings coveted his secret elixir against poison. Poets celebrated his victories, intrigues, and panache. But until now, no one has told the full story of his incredible life.

    Darwin8u says: "A mythic & complicated life of a charismatic King"
  • Rome, Italy: Travel Guide Book: Best Travel Guides to Europe, Book 2 |  Passport to European Travel Guides

    Rome, Italy: Travel Guide Book: Best Travel Guides to Europe, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Passport to European Travel Guides
    • Narrated By Caroline Neilson
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    If you've yet to experience this historical masterpiece, what are you waiting for? Passport to European Travel Guides offers this comprehensive yet quick and concise five-day guide to Rome - one of the world's most iconic cities to visit. Have no idea where to start? Or maybe you have some idea but could use a treasure trove of great insider tips? Well, listen up! You see, we know your trip begins long before you even book the flight, so this guide is chock full of dynamite tips on everything you need to know before you go.

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