The Rise of Rome

The Rise of Rome

The Making of the World's Greatest Empire

Streaming Audiobook - 2012
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Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., Rome grew to become the ancient world's preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome's rise to glory into an erudite book filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome's shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire. And he outlines the corrosion of constitutional norms that accompanied Rome's imperial expansion, as old habits of political compromise gave way, leading to violence and civil war. In the end, unimaginable wealth and power corrupted the traditional virtues of the Republic, and Rome was left triumphant everywhere except within its own borders. Everitt paints indelible portraits of the great Romans-and non-Romans-who left their mark on the world out of which the mighty empire grew: Cincinnatus, Rome's George Washington, the very model of the patrician warrior/aristocrat; the brilliant general Scipio Africanus, who turned back a challenge from the Carthaginian legend Hannibal; and Alexander the Great, the invincible Macedonian conqueror who became a role model for generations of would-be Roman rulers. Here also are the intellectual and philosophical leaders whose observations on the art of government and "the good life" have inspired every Western power from antiquity to the present: Cato the Elder, the famously incorruptible statesman who spoke out against the decadence of his times, and Cicero, the consummate orator whose championing of republican institutions put him on a collision course with Julius Caesar and whose writings on justice and liberty continue to inform our political discourse today. Rome's decline and fall have long fascinated historians, but the story of how the empire was won is every bit as compelling. With The Rise of Rome, one of our most revered chroniclers of the ancient world tells that tale in a way that will galvanize, inform, and enlighten modern listeners.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781452629483
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (13hr., 30 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Chafer, Clive
hoopla digital
Call Number: eAudio


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Nov 14, 2016

An excellently written, but not as well narrated, of the Roman empire from founding up to the collapse of the Republic, about 750 years. The first three and a half discs (about a third of the years covered) covers the first 250 years or so. From the end of the second Punic War to the rise of the Gracchi, is a bit condensed and awkward. The last disc, which covers the years from about 100 to 50 (BC), even though there is so much more known about it. Mostly the book relies on Livy and Plutarch (rather difficult to write better than they). The social structures and functioning, political functioning, and their changes and developments are succinctly, though usually vividly, explained and illustrated. The narratives of battles and wars are little awkward to follow in the audiobook without the aid of maps.

Oct 20, 2013

On the plus side, a well-told history using modern, easily understood wording of pre-Christian era Rome and the Roman Republic, informally presented as a series of parallel-in-time stories. For the audio listener certainly, this is a much better format than the more traditional dull agenda academic historians take to, their dreary-dull list of linear-in-time facts and dates. The best-done story: Hannibal of Carthage and his challenge to Rome. If you listen carefully, you can even find out why -- it seems bizarre, but there's a reason -- this conflict is called the "Punic War". On the minus side, the parallel-story format can be a bit confusing when trying to understand how the events in the parallel stories actually sequenced. Another negative: The presentation of the history/mythology of the initial founding by Trojan warrior Aeneas, and then the subsequent Romulus and Remus story, is somewhat thread-bare. And finally, on the minus side, the narrator of the audio CD tends to drone on a bit, doesn't seem to be taking to the author's spirited presentation. On the whole, recommended.

Jul 30, 2013

A fair and complete, entertaining and informative narrative of the early Roman Republic and the many personalities that decorated it. Once Rome lost her rustic "virtue", it became a monster, breaking treaties and committing wanton genocide, and looking around for new victims to engulf and feed its slave-system.

Jun 24, 2013

Excellent book on the early history of Rome.


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