The Modern Scholar: A History of Venice

  • by Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by Thomas F. Madden
  • 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Renowned professor Thomas F. Madden focuses his expertise on what has been called the most beautiful city in the world: Venice. In these lectures, Professor Madden explains how the city on the lagoon was established by refugees escaping the onslaught of northern “barbarians” invading the crumbling Roman Empire. Through its history, Venice housed the world’s leading merchants, thrived as a maritime powerhouse, and developed into an independent republic not unlike the present United States. Venice draws millions of visitors each year, and these lectures shed light on why the city is such a continual source of fascination.


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Fascinating, Action Packed History

Wow! Venice has the most amazing, influential and seedy history, I had no idea. This professor is very good at explaining a fascinating subject. One of my favorites under the Modern Scholar Michael Drout lectures. I wish there was more.
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- Abigail

A Nice Introduction to the History of Venice

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I really enjoyed hearing this college lecture series on the History of Venice. I was very interested in the subject, and this aduiobook helped feed my hunger for stories and details about the amazing city. This book is a great place to start, but follow it with "Venice: Pure City" by Peter Ackroyd -- that is a truly remarkable book about the fascinating history, ancient beauty, and timeless wonder of Venice.

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- Ann

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-22-2010
  • Publisher: Recorded Books