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The Modern Scholar: The Grandeur That Was Rome

Roman Art and Archaeology
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
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Common perceptions of Ancient Rome are plentiful, whether they take the form of crazy emperors hosting lavish feasts, scenes of chariot races and gladiatorial combat, or processions of conquering armies. But that is only half the story.

In this enlightening lecture series, Professor Jennifer Tobin presents a sweeping portrait of Rome, including the lofty developments of senatorial government, historical writing, stunning art and architecture - and even the origins of long-lived customs such as the Roman tradition of carrying a bride over the threshold.

©2010 Jennifer Tobin (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Paul
  • Plympton, Australia
  • 11-14-12

An excellent blend of history and art

This is an excellent complement to the Modern Scholar lectures on Roman history. The professor gives the historical background as well as describing the monuments in Rome and the provinces. Getting a picture of the man-made material setting helps one to more easily visualise the people and events, than if one only had the literary sources. You get to stroll through Trajan's Rome, at the height of its power and wealth, as well as cities in Africa and Asia. The professor's rather negative view of Hadrian is interesting.

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Very informative!

Absolutely loved her voice, very engaging. Listening to this book really helped me understand the leaders and wars going on during this time.

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  • Michelle
  • 08-15-17

Loved it

Loved it and I'm sure I will play it again many times. There's a lot of information to take in. Great, thanks.

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