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  • When in Rome | Amabile Giusti

    When in Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Amabile Giusti
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    As her 30th birthday approaches, spirited and unconventional Carlotta is a little nervous. She's just been fired because of her irrepressible frankness, her family is a mess, and her love life is nonexistent. Plus, living in Rome isn't cheap, so she's forced to rent out a room in her apartment to make ends meet.

  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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!"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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.

    Ellen S. Wilds says: "An Historic Achievement"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Rome's Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar | Rob Goodman,Jimmy Soni

    Rome's Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rob Goodman, Jimmy Soni
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    Marcus Porcius Cato: aristocrat who walked barefoot and slept on the ground with his troops, political heavyweight who cultivated the image of a Stoic philosopher, a hardnosed defender of tradition who presented himself as a man out of the sacred Roman past-and the last man standing when Rome's Republic fell to tyranny. His blood feud with Caesar began in the chamber of the Senate, played out on the battlefields of a world war, and ended when he took his own life rather than live under a dictator.

    Angelo Nanni says: "Cato, where is he today"
  • Summary of Mary Beard's SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome |  Ant Hive Media

    Summary of Mary Beard's SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

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    • By Ant Hive Media
    • Narrated By Neal Vickers
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    This summary of Mary Beard's SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome is aimed at those who want to capture the gist of the book. You get the main summary along with all of the benefits and lessons the actual book has to offer.

  • 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"
  • The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians | Peter Heather

    The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter Heather
    • Narrated By Allan Robertson
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    The death of the Roman Empire is one of the perennial mysteries of world history. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Peter Heather proposes a stunning new solution: Centuries of imperialism turned the neighbors Rome called barbarians into an enemy capable of dismantling an Empire that had dominated their lives for so long. A leading authority on the late Roman Empire and on the barbarians, Heather relates the extraordinary story of how Europe's barbarians, transformed by centuries of contact with Rome on every possible level, eventually pulled the empire apart.

    Sten B. Lofgren says: "A good book not ideally suited to audiobook format"
  • 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.

    rich says: "Byzantine Empire Stands Tall!"
  • 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"
  • 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.

  • In Rome, Cheap Public Housing Hid for Years in Plain Sight | Jim Yardley

    In Rome, Cheap Public Housing Hid for Years in Plain Sight

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    • By Jim Yardley
    • Narrated By Caroline Miller
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    "In Rome, Cheap Public Housing Hid for Years in Plain Sight" is from the April 28, 2016 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Jim Yardley and narrated by Caroline Miller.

  • 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."
  • 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"
  • 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"
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