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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"
  • Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations | Mary Beard

    Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mary Beard
    • Narrated By Lynne Jenson
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    One of the world's leading historians provides a revolutionary tour of the Ancient World, dusting off the classics for the twenty-first century. Mary Beard, drawing on thirty years of teaching and writing about Greek and Roman history, provides a panoramic portrait of the classical world, a book in which we encounter not only Cleopatra and Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Hannibal, but also the common people - the millions of inhabitants of the Roman Empire, the slaves, soldiers, and women.

    Chris E says: "Annoying narrator"
  • 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"
  • Pompeii - The Life of a Roman Town | Mary Beard

    Pompeii - The Life of a Roman Town

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mary Beard
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
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    Pompeii explodes a number of myths - among them, the very date of the eruption, probably a few months later than usually thought; the hygiene of the baths which must have been hotbeds of germs; the legendary number of brothels, most likely only one; and the death count, which was probably less than ten per cent of the population. These are just a few of the strands that make up an extraordinary and involving portrait of an ancient town, its life and its continuing re-discovery, by Britain’s leading classicist.

    Paul says: "Brings the past to life"
  • Classics: A Very Short Introduction | Mary Beard,John Henderson

    Classics: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mary Beard, John Henderson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
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    This Very Short Introduction to classics links a haunting temple on a lonely mountainside to the glory of ancient Greece and the grandeur of Rome, and to Classics within modern culture - from Jefferson and Byron to Asterix and Ben-Hur.

    Thomas says: "The Cultural Importance of Classics"
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