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A History of the Roman Republic

Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: History, World
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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The story of the Roman Republic is the greatest epic in human history. Seen in the long perspective of time, it seems too fantastic to be real. From her modest beginnings as a convenient fording place on the Tiber to her eventual destiny as the mistress of the Mediterranean, Rome offers a strange tale of fate, sacrifice, and indomitable willpower. The stern realities of war shaped Rome's policies from the very beginning. And the dire emergencies Rome faced century after century meant that she was urged on by events that were usually beyond her power to control, drawing her deeper and deeper into the affairs of her neighbors and other nations. And throughout this chaos and bloodshed, Rome was ruled by a representative form of government which came to embody the ideals that Americans would embrace more than two thousand years later. But, although the legacy of Rome is seen in an essentially positive light today, the cruelty and harshness by which so many millions were debased by her rule is hard to forgive. A History of the Roman Republic is Cyril Robinson's masterpiece. The lucid, beautifully phrased prose of this magnificent work still thrills us today. After almost a century, there is still no serious rival to this amazing work of concise scholarship.

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  • jaime
  • LOUISA, KY, United States
  • 05-14-15

Excellent overview

Very interesting. I only wish the book had not ended. I will be digging deeper into Roman history very soon

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Must listen, a lot to learn.

Dated to be sure but the content and the lessons to be learned from it out timeless for any citizen. Fantastic narration.

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OK aside from the stuffy, snarky & hypocritical...

Tgis was OK aside from the stuffy, snarky, pompous and if course hypocritical Christian views on many things. The writer was far too busy injecting his own biased brainwashed perspectives vs just telling the story...also called 'judgement". The narrator really drove this view home, perfect accompaniment to these views...

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Dense information, terrible narrator

It offers tons of information, but the narrator is so dry it quickly becomes tedious.

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Awful Narration

Has A History of the Roman Republic turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I just need to scope such broad histories a little better.

Would you be willing to try another one of Charlton Griffin’s performances?

No, he's awful.The narrator is so over-the-top, and is phrasing is so nonsensical, that I had trouble following the content of the book.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful