Through his in-depth analysis, Michael Grant introduces us to the political, military, cultural, social, economic, and religious life of the times that were the building blocks of what we now call the Western World. He creates a vivid panorama of the Greco-Roman world by bringing together the most dramatic events on record from its beginnings in 1,000 BC to the fall of the western Roman Empire in the fifth century AD.
The Founders of the Western World covers the rise and development of the Greeks, the Greek city states, classical Greece and its relations with Persia, Alexander and his successors, life in Hellenistic Greece, early Rome and the Etruscans, the Roman Republic and its imperial development, the Augustan age, Rome after Augustus, Constantine’s conversion and the founding of Constantinople, and the fall of the Roman West.
What did you love best about The Founders of the Western World?
Michael Grant has written extensively about Greece and Rome and this is a summary of his larger works. It provides fundamental information about eras that continue to influence our daily lives.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Founders of the Western World?
In an introductory book of this nature one would expect discussion of politics and wars. Grant includes this but also spends a an impressive amount of time on the arts of the period.
What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?
Professional job of narration.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
The film could only be a length documentary as the topic of the book spans over a millennium.
Any additional comments?
Audible should be providing the copious maps from the book as a download.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
this narrator droned so badly I had to pull over and take a snooze...no joke!
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