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The Rise of Rome

Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
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The Roman Republic is one of the most breathtaking civilizations in world history. Between roughly 500 BCE to the turn of the millennium, a modest city-state developed an innovative system of government and expanded into far-flung territories across Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. This powerful civilization inspired America's founding fathers, gifted us a blueprint for amazing engineering innovations, left a vital trove of myths, and has inspired the human imagination for 2,000 years.

How did Rome become so powerful? This mystery has vexed historians from the ancient Greek writer Polybius to 21st century scholars. Today, removed as we are from the Roman Republic, historians also wonder what it was like to be a Roman citizen in that amazing era. Beyond the familiar names of Romulus, Caesar, Octavian, Brutus, and Mark Antony, what was life like for the ordinary people? And what did the conquered peoples think of this world power?

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©2018 The Teaching Company, LLC; 2018 The Great Courses

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Good Overview on the Roman Republic

Not as in depth as the History of Rome podcast. But better recording quality and narration. The 12 hours flew by.

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My favorite "Great Courses" lecture

This has been my favorite listen and was the one that actually got me into listening to historical lectures at all. I was all about Fantasy adventures but this one got me hooked on history. The lecturer does a fantastic job of making the content interesting, and has been my favorite reader so far. There is a follow up lecture by the some prof that I highly recommend, although my one criticism would be that that and this one should have been combined into one, 24h purchase. The other one picks up right where this leaves off.

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Excellent panoramic view of Roman history

The text is rigorously written, it is precise and very well read. I enjoyed the company of this audiobook.

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All roads lead to Rome

the great courses are GREAT, and from the origins to the fall Rome and the Romans are responsible for so much of the world's future development.


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interesting and enjoyable

I really enjoyed these lectures, I found them very interesting and easy to listen to. I would definitely recommend them to anyone interested in learning about ancient Rome. #Audible1

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Fabulous

Fabulous introduction to Roman history. Very engrossing. As someone who only knew what I had been taught in school about Rome it was a real eye opener. #Audible1

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Great Audiobook

The Rise of Rome is an excellent audiobook. I loved listening and learning the history of the Roman Empire. The narrator had an excellent tone and speed in which he read. Also, how the audiobook was divided into 32-minute chapters was brilliant. If you love history, this is a must-listen.

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  • 2018-03-05

Great for the Beginner

If you're entirely new to the history of the Roman Republic, pick this course up. It's a fine introductory survey that covers Rome's early history right up to the reign of Augustus. However, if you're already steeped in Roman history, you might not find anything fresh or exciting. Aldrete is a fine lecturer and an obvious master of the subject, though, and I have no complaints against him.

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  • Christopher
  • Otis, MA, United States
  • 2018-02-08

Very good, but doesn't stand out

This is a very solid course, and if you're new to Roman history or to The Great Courses, it would be a fine place to start.

But if you're like me – a long time fan of TGC on Audible, and something of an ancient history enthusiast – then there is not a lot here that you haven't heard already from TGC's other ancient history offerings, namely Garrett G. Fagan's excellent two-part survey course, composed of "The History of Ancient Rome" and "Emperors of Rome", and Robert Garland's course on "Daily Life in the Ancient World."

Though the focus here is on just why the Roman republic became so powerful (And it IS just about the republic – it leaves off right as Octavian/Augustus seizes power, whereas a lecture on the "Rise of Rome" really ought to take you through at least to Trajan.), it's really not much more than another (admittedly very decent) survey course of Roman history. And that's a bit of a shame, as Aldrete has written books on such specific things as Greek linen body armor and floods of the Tiber in antiquity. TGC's ancient history offerings could use more specificity of focus, and Aldrete is perfectly qualified to give that to us… But that's not what happened.

To sum up: it's a perfectly enjoyable course, but don't expect any major revelations if you're already familiar with the subject.

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  • Jacobus
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2018-03-19

An excellent introduction to Rome until Augustus

In twelve hours you get 24 lectures about Rome giving an introductory bird's view of the Roman world. Professor Aldrete has the ability to keep it interesting throughout. He is quite knowledgeable about the subject matter.

You do not need to know Latin and Prof Aldrete keeps his pronunciation of names and places very English. (I couldn't help wondering if he can read Latin.) By doing so he keeps it accessible to Everyman.

I appreciated that he suspended the historical narrative at some point in the course for a bit to deal with the social world of the Romans. It was quite informative. He discussed daily lives, where our calender came from etc.

If you are looking for a all-in-one course on the Roman world until Caesar Augustus, this is the right course for you.

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  • DSK
  • Oklahoma, USA
  • 2018-08-10

great!

we really enjoyed it. he took something that can be dry and made it very compelling while preserving the nuance and complexity.

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  • Dave
  • 2018-08-06

Enjoyable and educational

This course is well put together. It presents the rise of Rome in an accessible manner that requires little to no previous knowledge. The teacher explains all the niche concepts so you have all the background needed to get the most out of the course. I found this more compelling than some of the fiction series I was in the middle of.

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  • Philip
  • 2019-09-17

A bit slow. It was la missing depth and breadth.

More.details are needed on on a year to year basis. To much talk on conjecture.

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  • Jerry
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  • 2019-09-12

a really good look at rome. <br />

i like these lectures and this one was one of the better ones. i highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-18

Great Overview of Rome Before the Empire

I really enjoyed this lecture series. From the foundations of Rome to the fall of the Republic, this course provided some really great information.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-17

Great overview

This audiobook is the perfect fit for someone who is just getting into Roman history. It hits all the major historical points and covers the societal aspects of Rome that lead it down the path of domination of the Mediterranean. If you are looking for something more in depth, I wouldn’t say this provides that as much. This is much more a glance over course. I would still say it is a 9/10 and Gregory S. Aldrete does a great job.

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  • Robert Lavalette
  • 2019-01-29

Good lecture

This is great lecture and extremely informative. If you are looking for info on early Rome then this is for you