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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"
  • 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.

  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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!"
  • 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.

    Michel Kelly-Gagnon says: "A most fascinating account of Cato the Younger and its lasting impact"
  • Fifty Years in the Church of Rome | Charles Chiniquy

    Fifty Years in the Church of Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charles Chiniquy
    • Narrated By Dan Kassis
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    This is an excellent look at the religious system of the Catholic Church from the inside. Charles Chiniquy studied at the college of Nicolet in Canada; after graduation he entered the priesthood (at an early age) and continued therein until he was an old man. At the age of 49 he left the Roman church, taking his congregation with him, and became a Presbyterian minister. His encounters with the inner workings of the of the Roman church are enlightening and could come only from someone who was embedded in such a system for so many years.

  • Rome, Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the First Multinational Corporation | Stanley Bing

    Rome, Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the First Multinational Corporation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stanley Bing
    • Narrated By Kerin McCue
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    New York Times best-selling author and world-class satirist Stanley Bing trains his savvy eye on the world’s first and most famous multinational corporation in this humorous and insightful volume. Here, he chronicles the great city of Rome from its humble beginnings to its monumental collapse due to greed, in-fighting, and general mismanagement. Rome, Inc. then becomes a powerful lesson for business leaders, documenting the many dos and don’ts of a successful corporation.

    neilium says: "Predictable corporate humor for the witless"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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!"
  • 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."
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
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