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I really didn't know that much about the Roman Empire before listening to this lecture. It provided a fairly good survey from the end of the Republic to the start of the Byzantine Empire.
It was an engaging listen, with lots of interesting events. My only real complaint is that occasionally it gets bogged down in the names and people rather than concentrating on the big picture. But still the overall events still shine through.
I'd recommend this lecture to other people.
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
Professor Maddens' lectures tend to be concise, to the point and enjoyable, it's certainly a lot easier than reading or listening to Decline and Fall of Roman Empire by Edward Gibbons. Having said that, because of the time constraint, he has had to skip a lot of details. I'd suggest trying Cyril Robinson's work to supplement this course.
18 of 23 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire to be better than the print version?
No printed version; these are lectures.
Who was your favorite character and why?
N/A. These are lecture about history.
What about the narrator’s performance did you like?
Relaxed, informal, funny in a deadpan type of manner.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Not necessarily, it covers over 600 years of history.
Any additional comments?
This must be the 5th or 6th lecture series from Professor Madden, and I loved each one. He is knowledgeable, tongue-in-cheek funny and makes history come alive.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A very considered narration of an important subject in history. What I most enjoyed about this audio book was the amount of background knowledge on the Caesars who ruled Rome.
I would recommend this audio for anyone interested in the fall and fall of man's greatest empire.