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  • Ancient Rome: A Captivating Introduction to the Roman Republic, the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, and the Byzantine Empire

  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Timothy Burke
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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By: Captivating History
Narrated by: Timothy Burke
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If you want to discover captivating stories of people and events of ancient Rome then keep reading....

The Roman civilization is probably the single most important civilization in the history of the planet. Its expansion defined Europe. Its constitution shaped societies from Russia in the east to the United States and Latin America in the west. Not even its conquerors were immune to the superior Roman culture. 

In this new captivating history book, you’ll learn all you need to know about Roman institutions and politics. But our focus will be on the captivating stories and curious personalities of the Roman emperors, politicians, and generals - from Romulus, Caesar, Augustus, Trajan, and Hadrian to Constantine, Justinian, and Belisarius.  

Equally important (and perhaps even more interesting) are the stories of influential women - mothers, wives, and lovers, from Cleopatra and Agrippina to Theodora and Zoe with the coal-black eyes - whose schemes often redirected the course of history. 

Here are some of the topics covered in Ancient Rome: A Captivating Introduction to the Roman Republic, the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, and the Byzantine Empire:
 

  • The Seven Kings of Seven Hills: The Foundation of Rome and Its First Rulers
  • The Early Republic
  • The Punic Wars and Mediterranean Dominance: The Middle Republic
  • Decay, Corruption, and Civil Wars: The Late Republic
  • Gaius Julius Caesar, Crossing the Rubicon, and Death That Shook the City
  • The Rise of First Roman Emperor
  • Early Roman Empire: Princeps Augustus and Julio-Claudian Dynasty
  • The Flavian Dynasty
  • The Nerva-Antonine Dynasty
  • Late Empire
  • The Empire of Constantine
  • Constantinian Dynasty
  • Decline and Fall of the Western Roman Empire
  • The Byzantine Millennium
  • And much, much more!

Listen to this audiobook now to learn more about ancient Rome!

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A good overview of a huge subject

Of necessity, this has to be a little superficial, but it provides a good overview and starting point for more detailed research.
Personally, I found the reading slightly irritating, with every word being enunciated so clearly that the overall effect was distractingly staccato and robotic.
Still worth a credit though.

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  • Dale Hastert
  • 11-10-18

Waste of time

The narrator is awful. It’s a shame that they couldn’t find a way to more artistically talk about one of the most fascinating period of history on the planet. There are much better books that you can read and hopefully one day they’ll find an aerator they can actually engage a listener

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  • Aryeh Madina
  • 21-09-18

Engaging and very well-written.

I took a class on Ancient Rome over the summer, and I purchased this book because I found my textbook extremely dry and disorganized. I wanted something a little more engaging that would help me glean more from the course materials. I am a History major and absolutely love reading history books (that's pretty much all I read these days). This book provided nice snapshots of Ancient Roman history that really sucked me in and made the events of the time seem real.

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  • Razan Diraf
  • 19-09-18

My favorite book.

My favorite overview of Roman history is neither a book nor documentary. Check out the Great Courses lectures on Roman history - either buy them or they are often available from your library. The lectures are interesting and the professor engaging. Best of all you can listen to them on your commute or next long trip.

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  • Mike
  • 24-07-20

Very Basic

Quite disappointed, this only provides very basic overview of each major part of roman history. if you want something with detail or breakdowns this is not the book. A lot is skipped over even Marius's or Scipios military reforms, law, wars or even society which I havent really heard anything on.

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  • Rodney Wagner
  • 24-09-18

ancient rome.

. It’s a well explained account and I believe anyone interested in the subject matter would like very much. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Jason T. Chen
  • 19-09-18

Very informative on the life our great President.

This book outline's the life, and history of a president an agrarian with intelligence beyond his years. The perfect history book.

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  • Shirley Perine
  • 19-09-18

Interesting history of the Roman rulers.

Interesting read that follows the Roman empire from its inception until falling apart. The focus is on the long list of rulers over many centuries and was enlightening. It reads as easily as a novel. I would prefer to have more insights into how they ruled their far flung empire. There are many parallels to current events. I would have liked additional insights into the culture and the massive engineering projects across the empire, however that is probably a different book(s). This one focuses on the rulers.

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  • Bradley Kimbrell
  • 19-09-18

Love history, love ROME.

If you are curious about Roman history, you can't go too wrong with this book, just know that it's sort of like reading a history of America skipping about to just the cool bits. "George Washington becomes president, now off to Abraham Lincoln!" as thought nothing happened in between or to anyone who was not at the top of the heap.

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  • Hanna Macleod
  • 19-09-18

Like a documantry, good one.

I was some ways into this book when I began to think that this thing read like one of those not too serious documentaries on the History channel. Of course that's in fact what it is. I bought the book mainly because I enjoy Captivating History's writing and figured she would not endorse and write the introduction for something of questionable quality. Indeed, this is a very successful gloss of the high (read dramatic) points of Roman history.

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  • Linda Cherylh
  • 19-09-18

I was pleasantly surprised.

I think you will enjoy this book, if you are like me and a relative novice on Roman history, give it a try.