The History of Rome

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The History of Rome, Book 1 Publisher's Summary

In 1902 the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Theodor Mommsen for his sensational work of history The History of Rome. Classical scholar, historian, jurist, journalist, politician, archaeologist, and writer, Mommsen is generally regarded as the greatest classicist of the modern era. To this day his work on Roman history is still of fundamental importance among scholars. There has never been anything like it, and there may never be again.

Mommsen's history, first appearing in 1856, differs from the 18th-century work of Gibbon in the important respect that Mommsen begins his story in the centuries before the monarchy and ends it with the death of Julius Caesar. It is a dramatic historical tour de force of Republican Rome. (Gibbon takes up his work where Mommsen leaves off.)

The History of Rome is divided into five books, of which this is the first. Book 1 begins in the dim prehistory of Latium and describes the society that emerged there in the centuries leading up to the establishment of the first Roman king. This penetrating look at emerging Latin culture takes us into the strange world of their religion; their family structure; and their legal system, trade, alliances, and relationships with neighboring tribes and kingdoms. It brilliantly sets the stage for what is to come in the following volumes.

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  • Book 1

    • The History of Rome, Book 1

    • Roman Origins Before the Monarchy
    • By: Theodor Mommsen
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    Book 1 begins in the dim prehistory of Latium and describes the society that emerged there in the centuries leading up to the establishment of the first Roman king. This penetrating look at emerging Latin culture takes us into the strange world of their religion; their family structure; and their legal system, trade, alliances, and relationships with neighboring tribes and kingdoms. It brilliantly sets the stage for what is to come in the following volumes.

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    • Details beyond imagination

    • By David on 01-23-17

    Regular price: $30.80

  • Book 2

    • The History of Rome, Book 2

    • From the Abolition of the Monarchy in Rome to the Union of Italy
    • By: Theodor Mommsen
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Book two of Theodore Mommsen's history begins in 509 BC, when the last Roman king was expelled and a republican form of government was formed. Starting here, we trace Rome's political and cultural development under an aristocracy whose puritan fanaticism is legendary. But security from surrounding hostile tribes was of uppermost concern, and the city was constantly at war with one tribe or another. During the fifth century BC, the Republic's energies were directed toward uniting or subduing her neighbors.

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    • A must...

    • By mohadcheridi on 10-03-16

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  • Book 3

    • The History of Rome, Book 3

    • From the Union of Italy to the Subjugation of Carthage and the Greek States
    • By: Theodor Mommsen
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
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    Book three of Mommsen's history covers the 118 years from 264 to 146 BC, the period in which Rome became the undisputed master of the Mediterranean Basin. How did this happen, and why? Carthage was instrumental in this transformation. With the defeat and expulsion of Pyrrhus in 275 BC, Rome had moved to consolidate its hold over the Italian peninsula, a position it had acquired in a century of almost continuous warfare with Italian tribes.

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    • East meets West, what could go wrong?

    • By Dennis Jameson on 11-07-16

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  • Book 4

    • The History of Rome, Book 4

    • The Revolution
    • By: Theodor Mommsen
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 22 hrs and 44 mins
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    By the middle of the second century BC, the city of Rome was spiraling toward bankruptcy and moral decay. The generation which had defeated Hannibal and brought the Mediterranean under Roman control had now passed away, even as gold poured in. Hardly a Roman name of any note appears for half a century. The noble Roman has disappeared. The once feared Roman army has become a mere shadow of its former self, and the public have come to accustom themselves to news of shattering defeats.

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  • Book 5

    • The History of Rome, Book 5

    • The Establlshment of the Military Monarchy
    • By: Theodor Mommsen, W. P. Dickson - translator
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 30 hrs and 8 mins
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    Book 5 of Mommsen's history of the Roman Republic brings to a conclusion this most magnificent of historical narratives. It begins with the death of Sulla and ends with the accession to power of the greatest and most fascinating Roman of them all, Gaius Julius Caesar.

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    • A long journey into the past

    • By David on 06-06-17

    Regular price: $41.99