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  • In the Name of Rome

  • The Men Who Won the Roman Empire
  • Auteur(s): Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Narrateur(s): Derek Perkins
  • Durée: 17 h et 47 min
  • 4,8 out of 5 stars (21 évaluations)
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In the Name of Rome

Auteur(s): Adrian Goldsworthy
Narrateur(s): Derek Perkins
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Adrian Goldsworthy has received wide acclaim for his exceptional writing on the Roman Empire - including high praise from the acclaimed military historian and author John Keegan - and here he offers a new perspective on the empire by focusing on its greatest generals, including Scipio Africanus, Marius, Pompey, Caesar, and Titus. Each chapter paints a fascinating portrait of a single general, offering in-depth insight into his leadership skills and victories as well as each one's pioneering strategies, many of which are still used today. In the process this absorbing, accessible history tells the complete story of Roman warfare, from the bitter struggle with Carthage in the third century BC to the last desperate attempt to win back the Western Empire in the sixth century AD.

©2003 Adrian Goldsworthy; preface copyright 2016 by Adrian Goldsworthy (P)2016 Tantor
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  • JLB
  • 2017-04-11

This pie was all crust, no filling

What disappointed you about In the Name of Rome?

The author starts the book with a lengthy disclaimer describing the scarcity of sources and reliable information for the individuals and periods he discusses and his reluctance to make assumptions or put weight on modern analysis of them. I would describe my knowledge of Roman history as a little more in-depth than the average random person, by no means an expert.

My chief complaint about this book is that it offered no analysis or new thought about these individuals or events. It felt like a rote recital of basic information that is covered in many other books. With only a little bit of exaggeration, I would describe his coverage of the events as more a summary of the facts. Given the lack of new thought or perspective on the subject, I am unsure what the author's goal was in writing this book.

I fully acknowledge that he states very clearly at the beginning of the book that sources and reliable information are scarce and notes that he will not wander off into questionable analysis. But I was still expecting to learn something new and interesting, or at least get the author's viewpoint on these events.

Has In the Name of Rome turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I read and enjoyed Goldsworthy's books on Caesar, Augustus, and Cicero. Based on my experience reading these three books, I would definitely try another book from him.

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  • Gerry
  • 2016-04-28

Great series of analyses of Roman Generalship

I found this to be very well narrated, informative and very entertaining. Goldsworthy builds a picture of how generalship, command, the army itself, and the relationships between commanders, subordinates, soldiers and ultimate civil authorities evolved from the republic through the imperial period. Inevitably, because of the paucity of sources there are large gaps but he paints as fair and balanced picture of each commander as is possible. This is definitely a recommended book if you are interested in learning more about the essential elements of the Roman philosophy of command.

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  • Matthew Kilheeney
  • 2016-03-16

Informative yet cluttered in this format.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would reccomend this book only if a friend had an interest in the subject matter. This book is dense, dry, and to the point. However, like all of Goldsworthy's work, it is very intensive and gripping.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Julius Ceasar. The histories of the Gallic Wars and the Civil War are gripping.

Any additional comments?

Not his best, but still great. Its easy to lose track of the narrative due to the pacing and lack of visual aid. There are comprehensive details on formations, tactics, and the charisma of Roman Generals. If you are looking for details on the intrigue and politics following each campaign and general, this book will leave you dissatisfied. Comprehensive and detailed focus on Generalship, Armies, and Battles, with little else.

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  • Ryan Kuhn
  • 2016-05-30

Great Overview

For a book to cover so many different campaigns, it does an excellent job explaining necessary details and pulling the reader in to understand them.

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  • Connor Dalton
  • 2021-03-04

Fantastic Work

As always, Derek Perkins does an incredible performance on this similarly incredible work by Adrian Goldsworthy. My favorite combination in the world of historical audiobooks will always be these two.

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  • DrBCFR
  • 2019-06-09

Great Military History

Sometimes I find military history audiobooks to be challenging listens. For some reason, while listening to these books, I find it difficult to picture battle lines and strategic maneuvers and visualize the size of forces and other features of battles. I don't know if that is just me, or if this is a problem others have as well. I find reading military histories is preferable to listening to them.

However, "In the Name of Rome" is definitely an exception. I found the text lucid and enjoyable. Adrian Goldsworthy is one of my favorite authors, and this book is now one of my favorite on Ancient Rome. The scope of the book is sweeping, encompassing something like 500+ years of Roman military conquests, but it did an excellent job of drawing connections and conclusions. The evolution of the Roman army and its tactics are traced in a straightforward and coherent narrative.

The narration is excellent, of course. Derek Perkins has such a warm, comforting, and engaging voice.

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  • Shawnbo
  • 2016-08-15

sound history, but lacking

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'm perplexed at the choice of "Julian the apostate" as one of the primary generals in the book. The author explains his choice by wanting to explain the great difference in the state of the empire and the army at the time. He aptly covers Julian's career: From his able execution of his duties in Gaul, to his disastrous Persian campaign. While "Constantine the Great" is given but a few lines. This is baffling since Constantine achieved what Alexander the Great's Generals never could: that is, completely reuniting a vastly divided empire and making it into a semblance of it's former greatness. Edward Gibbon credits Constantine's choice of the new capital to providing the great longevity of the Eastern part of the empire. Perhaps personal ideology played a part in the author's omission. But to omit a highly skilled general who defeated several independent "Ceasars" to reunite a divided Roman empire seems to be without excuse. Constantine certainly warrants mention in a thorough history of Roman Generals.

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  • Mark
  • 2016-04-05

Solid Overview of Roman Military History

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it to a friend with a serious interest in Roman History.

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

It is excellent. He does a great job pronouncing Latin names correctly.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not applicable to a book of this kind.

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  • Gregg A. Strohkorb
  • 2023-11-27

Excellent stories from Roman military history.

As these stories are told through time, it is very interesting to see the evolution of the Roman military, tactics, leadership and governance of the Republic.

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  • TheFrozenBiscuit
  • 2023-10-05

Beyond Spectacular!

I've been meaning to read Adrian Goldsworthy for several years and his writing is just as good as everyone said it was. I highly reccemend this book to anyone!

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