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The Roman Way

Narrated by: Nadia May
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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Edith Hamilton shows us Rome through the eyes of the Romans. Plautus and Terence, Cicero and Caesar, Catullus, Horace, Virgil, and Augustus come to life in their ambitions, their work, their loves and hates. In them we see reflected a picture of Roman life very different from that fixed in our minds through schoolroom days, and far livelier.

The Roman Way makes vividly interesting the contrast between Roman and Greek culture. Moreover, it reveals how surprisingly similar Roman civilization was to that of modern America, in respects ranging from an interest in good roads and good plumbing, to the popular veneration of home and mother. Our heritage from Rome includes everything from moral laws to stock characters in the drama. Skillful, witty, subtle in understanding, this audiobook shows us what the Romans were like, how they lived, what they thought, and what they accomplished.

©1932 W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. (P)1994 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Mitchell
  • Lehi, Utah, United States
  • 07-07-17

Surprising accessible

Though I love the topic of Rome. I often find that historians make it rather boring. Edith made it fascinating.

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  • steve
  • kearny, NJ, United States
  • 04-25-11

Not so bad

I was really excited to listen to this book but overall, I wasnt too impressed with this book. Though, I did enjoy learning about some of the similarities between Greece, Rome and modern times.

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A fantastic book full of deep inside into the Roma

first, if you are not very, very clear about the details of the Roman republic and early empire this is not going to be a good read. Don't do it. Get a book by Mary beard, Anthony Everitt or listen to Mike Duncan's History of Rome podcast.

That being said, this is a fantastic book with amazing insight into the Roman daily world and literature. The fact that it was written in 1932 makes it even more interesting, allowing the knowledgeable to see Rome through the eye's of the familiar world of 1930's Academia and glimpse insights our current culture would not.