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Even today, the influence of Ancient Rome is indelible, with Europe and the world owing this extraordinary empire a huge cultural debt in almost every important category of human endeavor, including art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. At the peak of its power, Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability, unified in politics and law, stretching from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland. And it stood for almost 700 years.
In this series of 48 spirited lectures, you'll see how a small village of shepherds and farmers rose to tower over the civilized world of its day and left a permanent mark on history. In telling Rome's riveting story, Professor Fagan draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and archaeological scholarship, to introduce the fascinating tale of Rome's rise and decline, including the famous events and personalities that have become so familiar:


Horatius at the bridge
Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage
Caesar being assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey
The doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra
The mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula
The conversion of Constantine.

The course also addresses one of history's greatest questions: Why did the Roman Empire fall? And you'll learn why most modern scholars believe that the empire did not "fall" at all, but, rather, changed into something very different - the less urbanized, more rural, early medieval world.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1999 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1999 The Great Courses
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sean on 10-05-13

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As an amateur with a long interest in Roman History I found this series highly engaging and incredibly informative.
Professor Fagan has an easy style and the content is simply brilliant. The flow of the narrative is superb and the connection to the thematic section of the course is well constructed.
I have read bits of Pliny and currently I am reading Gibbon. I feel these are works that require a solid base in Roman History prior to attacking and I now feel like I am armed to teeth thanks to this course.
Thoroughly recommended to anyone with anything from a passing interest to a life long love affair with Roman History.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Megan Clanton on 07-28-13

So Much Better Than Reading a History Book!

... And I do love to read!

I'm currently about halfway through Professor Fagan's "The History of Ancient Rome" in Audible's Great Courses, and it's been well-worth every minute. I am a high school Latin teacher, and I needed a good refresher course on Roman history, as it's been a long time since college. Not only is the material fantastic (despite early attempts to just listen while doing laundry, etc., I've planted myself in front of my laptop because I can't stop taking notes), but Dr. Fagan is an entertaining speaker. (He has a wonderful accent.) The combination has made Roman history far easier to get through than would be a traditional textbook.

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By Jim Vaughan on 10-30-13

Nilli secundus! Great history, and great value!

What have the Romans ever done for us?

I struggled both in Latin and History at school. The thought then of twenty four hours of lectures on Roman history would have filled me with horror!

However, I really enjoyed this course - more like a good fireside epic of the story of Rome, the habits and customs of the Roman people, the political intrigues, religious beliefs (including conversion to Christianity) and the final decline - all of which has determined the ground of so much of our own civilisation.

Professor Fagan tells the story with charm and occasional wit, never lapsing into simply repeating dull facts, but always tying it together in a narrative that bounces along enjoyably, making it always a pleasure to look forward to the next lecture. Although it is forty eight lectures long, my feeling at the end was of having only scratched the surface of this massive subject.

However, to have such a course, containing so much good teaching, for a single audiobook credit is fantastic value.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-20-15

Really great it makes me want more detail.

Would you listen to The History of Ancient Rome again? Why?

I'm doing an OU course and this is great for background info and I can listen in the car. The lecturer makes it so interesting and the characters from so long ago come alive. He doesn't attempt to portray everyone as their myth and where we don't know information he says so.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Spartacus and his rebellion hold a fascination for me, however he is told here as simply a side character in the lecture on Crassus, which is a shame.

What about Professor Garrett G. Fagan’s performance did you like?

His timing and ironic comments on the chatracter of some of the people, he brings them to life.

Any additional comments?

Would definitely recommend for anyone with a love of history.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Garyfmp on 06-19-15

Enjoyable, engaging and informative

The professor has a refreshing way of lecturing, clear outlines of how, who, why and what made Rome and Romans tick all derived from know evidence not pseudo archeology.
I'm now hooked on these courses.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 01-29-18

Excellent!

A must have for anyone who enjoys Ancient Roman history. Very well structure and detailed lectures that covers all the major topics while still presenting them in an engaging manner.
the lecturers accent does take a while to get used to however.

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