The History of Rome
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  • 1
    The History of Rome, Book 1: Roman Origins Before the Monarchy | Theodor Mommsen

    The History of Rome, Book 1: Roman Origins Before the Monarchy

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    • By Theodor Mommsen
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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.

    Details beyond imagination

    Finished Book One of Five in Theodor Mommsen's History of Rome. Despite its 19th Century language and the sheer depth of detail, Mommsen's ability to ..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 23 2017 by David ()
  • 2
    The History of Rome, Book 2: From the Abolition of the Monarchy in Rome to the Union of Italy | Theodor Mommsen

    The History of Rome, Book 2: From the Abolition of the Monarchy in Rome to the Union of Italy

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    • By Theodor Mommsen
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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.

    A must...

    Mommsen is not easy...but you can't really do without if you're serious about roman history...And Charlton Griffin is always very good...

    Reviewed on October 03 2016 by mohadcheridi ()
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    The History of Rome, Book 3: From the Union of Italy to the Subjugation of Carthage and the Greek States | Theodor Mommsen

    The History of Rome, Book 3: From the Union of Italy to the Subjugation of Carthage and the Greek States

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    • By Theodor Mommsen
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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.

    East meets West, what could go wrong?

    It would depend on who the friend was and whether I wanted to keep him/her as a friend. It really needs a grounding in Roman History, as a fair numbe..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 07 2016 by Dennis Jameson (Alameda, CA USA)
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    The History of Rome, Book 4: The Revolution | Theodor Mommsen

    The History of Rome, Book 4: The Revolution

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    • By Theodor Mommsen
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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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    The History of Rome, Book 5: The Establlshment of the Military Monarchy | Theodor Mommsen, W. P. Dickson - translator

    The History of Rome, Book 5: The Establlshment of the Military Monarchy

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Theodor Mommsen, W. P. Dickson - translator
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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.

    A long journey into the past

    There were less cumbersome options when choosing to dive into a Mommsen writing. Having committed to reading a work by every Nobel Laureate for Litera..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 06 2017 by David ()