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No civilization is so intertwined with the history of Christianity and the greater Western world as Rome. Now you are invited to explore ancient Rome and its impact throughout the centuries.

Join award-winning professor Christopher M. Bellitto, PhD, in this fascinating journey through the Roman monarchy, republic, and empire. You will explore the essentials of Roman civilization: the creation of a city at the center of world history, its political legacy of both senators and emperors, its architectural and cultural achievements, its treatment of women and slaves, and its tragic flaws.

You will begin by placing ancient Rome in world history by looking at its origins and contexts in terms of geography and chronology. You will then explore the overlooked monarchy that ran for over two centuries until it was replaced by a republic that slowly took over the Mediterranean for 500 years. You will follow Rome as it defeated Carthage in three Punic Wars, facing challengers like Hannibal.

As you journey from the Republic to the Empire to Rome's eventual "fall", you will encounter such infamous figures as Julius Caesar, Octavian, Marc Antony, Cleopatra, Caligula, and Nero. You will see how paganism, Judaism, and Christianity interacted, often violently, and how Christianity transformed a stumbling empire. Finally, you will see how Rome fell - or did it simply live to fight another day in another way in medieval Europe?

Discover for yourself the fascinating legacy of Rome.

©2012 Now You Know Media Inc. (P)2012 Now You Know Media Inc.

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