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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.

    Christopher says: "Excellent Reexamination of the History of Rome"
  • 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.

    Ryan Kuhn says: "Great Overview"
  • 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.

    S. Seccombe says: "Entertaining history lesson with dry telling."
  • 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.

    Sad Donkey says: "Fantastic"
  • 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.

  • Empires and Barbarians : The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe | Peter Heather

    Empires and Barbarians : The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Peter Heather
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
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    Empires and Barbarians presents a fresh, provocative look at how a recognizable Europe came into being in the first millennium AD. With sharp analytic insight, Peter Heather explores the dynamics of migration and social and economic interaction that changed two vastly different worlds--the undeveloped barbarian world and the sophisticated Roman Empire--into remarkably similar societies and states.

    Kirsty says: "Enjoying the book, but the performance...."
  • 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"
  • 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?

    M. Brian Burchette says: "The Best Course I've heard yet."
  • Mistress of Rome: Empress of Rome, Book 1 | Kate Quinn

    Mistress of Rome: Empress of Rome, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kate Quinn
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
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    Thea is a slave girl from Judaea, passionate, musical, and guarded. Purchased as a toy for the spiteful heiress Lepida Pollia, Thea will become her mistress' rival for the love of Arius the Barbarian, Rome's newest and most savage gladiator. His love brings Thea the first happiness of her life, but that is quickly ended when a jealous Lepida tears them apart.

    Harold D. Doublename says: "awesome."
  • 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"
  • Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome |  The Great Courses,John R. Hale

    Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John R. Hale
    • Narrated By Professor John R. Hale
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    Over the years, Classical archaeology has evolved from a pastime of collectors and antiquarians to a mature science. Today, the field is a multidisciplinary effort that involves not only traditional diggers, but also geologists, geographers, anthropologists, and linguists.These 36 lectures introduce you to this fascinating field of study. Professor Hale guides you through dozens of ancient sites with the skill of a born storyteller.

    Bookworm says: "Absolutely Fantastic!"
  • EMPEROR: The Gates of Rome, Book 1 (Unabridged) | Conn Iggulden

    EMPEROR: The Gates of Rome, Book 1 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
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    On a small estate just outside Rome in the first century BC, two boys become blood brothers, little imagining the extraordinary future that lies before them. As friends and rivals, Gaius and Marcus are destined to find lasting fame.

    jessica says: "thin characterizations, focus on fights and battle"
  • 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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    Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

    Robyn says: "In depth look at all things (ancient) Roman"
  • Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician | Anthony Everitt

    Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    In this dynamic and engaging biography, Anthony Everitt plunges us into the fascinating, scandal-ridden world of ancient Rome in its most glorious heyday. Accessible to us through his legendary speeches but also through an unrivaled collection of unguarded letters to his close friend Atticus, Cicero comes to life here as a witty and cunning political operator.

    Tim says: "Well written, well read portrait of a statesman"
  • Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome | Steven Saylor

    Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    The Pinarii witness the machinations of Tiberius, the madness of Caligula, and the decadence of Nero. The deadly paranoia of Domitian gives way to the Golden Age of Trajan and Hadrian - but even the most enlightened emperors wield the power to destroy their subjects on a whim.Empire is filled with the dramatic, defining moments of the age, including the Great Fire of 64 A.D, Nero’s persecution of the Christians, and the astounding opening games of the Colosseum.

    Michael Thomas Fortson says: "Very well done!"
  • The Siege: Agent of Rome, Book 1 | Nick Brown

    The Siege: Agent of Rome, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Nick Brown
    • Narrated By Nigel Peever
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    AD 270. Rome has ruled Syria for over three centuries. But now the weakened empire faces a desperate threat: Queen Zenobia of Palmyra has turned her Roman-trained army against her former masters, and the once invincible legions have been crushed. Arabia, Palestine and Egypt have fallen, and now Antioch, Syria's capital, stands exposed. Cassius Corbulo is a young intelligence agent fresh from officer training. He has been assigned the menial task of rounding up wounded legionaries....

    Amazon Customer says: "It Took Awhile"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome | Robert Harris

    Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
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    When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

    Everett Leiter says: "Engrossing read"
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