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    What sort of men were the Roman emperors (and were they all men)? What background and training, if any, prepared them for their awesome responsibilities? What depravities did they display? And what achievements can they claim: laws passed, monuments built, lands and peoples conquered?

    Dive into these questions and more with this introduction to the complex personalities of emperors such as Augustus, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero. These thirty-six gripping lectures bring to life the many emperors of Rome from the turn of the 1st century to the transition to the Middle Ages. For more than five centuries, these emperors-a checkered mix of the wise, the brutal, and the unhinged-presided over a multi-ethnic empire that was nearly always at war.

    Professor Fagan takes you deep into ancient Rome, asking: How did this system of rule come about? What did it replace? And who were the colorful, cruel, and crafty men who filled the almost omnipotent post of emperor? One of the most intriguing questions about the emperorship is why it endured for so long.

    As you witness the reigns of the successive rulers unfold, you will see how the office evolved with the political forces that sustained it, becoming more and more tightly bound to the military. Each step toward despotism was taken with a view toward expedience. But when that step became the new normal, it paved the way for the next step, and so on. As you explore these questions, you'll also study the amalgam of eyewitness reports, later compilations, archaeological remains, and inscriptions on monuments and coins. Contemporary accounts, when available, are not necessarily to be trusted, which means you play the role of detective, sifting for the truth of this spellbinding era.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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    • Hellocat
    • 17/07/2013

    Informative and thorough

    A fantastic and thorough examination of the Emperors from Augustus to Constantine.

    I appreciated his balanced view of each Emperor, and his frank appraisal of the sources. Too many "scholars" take the most sensational tales from lesser sources at face value, but Fagan is careful to point out the problems with many of the most famous and outrageous episodes that have entered popular culture about Emperors like Caligula and Nero.

    Fagan's delivery is entertaining throughout, although sometimes he does stumble a little, and it feels as if he is reading from a script rather than just delivering a lecture.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this. Perhaps the best summary of the period in question, and I include both written and audio books when I say that.

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    • NK Turoff
    • 22/03/2016

    Informative and enjoyable

    There is, of course, a tremendous amount of material to cover, and if you are looking for an in-depth study of all the Roman emperors, you may find this moves too quickly over the details.

    As a survey, however, I found this "course" to be informative and enjoyable, with consistent attention paid to themes--accession, religion, politics, succession--which, over time, help the listener to gain a grasp on the ways in which the character of the "office" of Emperor evolved as a result of the Men who wore the Purple.

    I found Prof Fagan's presentation extraordinarily appealing. He has a manner which is direct enough to be authoritative yet still--to my ear--charming and easy to listen to. Now that the course is complete, I will miss having his voice in my ear.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 01/04/2015

    Excellent course!

    Professor Fagan always delivers the goods! Great read. I've listened to several of lectures, find him solid, informative, and entertaining.

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    • Daniel
    • 16/05/2020

    Absolutely amazing experience.

    Fagan delivers again. Bringing the world of the emperors worlds alive with vivid detail and meticulous adherence to source material.

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    • N. Raines
    • 15/04/2020

    An Absolute Brilliant Piece

    I know long and factual lectures aren't for everyone, but if you're wanting to listen to the history of the Emperor's of Rome, minus a lot of unnecessary "fluff" then I can't recommend this enough. To be honest, I'll recommend it even if you don't because I enjoyed it so much. I've listened to it 3 times now and find myself going to certain parts I feel like listening to. Do yourself a favor and get this if you're even remotely interested in the chronology of the caesars of the Roman Empire.

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    • Cameron S.
    • 16/08/2018

    Biographical Roman history at a Penn State level

    Professor Fagan is a fantastic narrator.
    The content of the classes 36 lectures is very interesting.
    The only down points are really just the down points in Roman history. There is a bit of a middle point where things just weren't terribly interesting, but hey, it's history. Things can't be exciting 24/7.

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    • EmilyK
    • 18/03/2018

    Probably my fave Great Course

    Fagan is definitely my favorite Great Courses lecturer (and that's saying something, since many of them are spectacular). This may be his most accessible course, based on how my family members would join in listening to this one. He's got a dry humor and of course a very interesting subject here. Does a good job of summarizing a vast scope of material but still including interesting anecdotes and areas in which the experts diverge.

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    • The Kindler
    • 11/11/2017

    I'll be listening to More by Prof. Fagan

    While this was an overview it was still amazing and had some of the best introductions and analyses of The Roman Emperors. I think the best part was the discussions about each Emperors' effectiveness as a ruler rather than if their critics thought they were just good or bad. It deserves a couple more listens as the names are very foreign and can sound similar. Great course and well worth your time.

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    • Laurence Livingston
    • 18/10/2017

    Great Course!

    I enjoyed professor Fagan's course on Emperors of Rome. His narrative and detailed review of imperial themes was easy to follow and explored the famous and infamous leaders of the Roman Empire. Highly recommend to others who are interested in the topic.

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    • Mark
    • 01/07/2016

    A study in the ancient peraonality

    If you sometimes miss going to college lectures and you have a desire to learn about the men who ruled over ancient Rome than this is a audio book you'll enjoy. The professor is clearly passionate about this study and just as clearly brilliant as it appears his mind sometimes works faster than his mouth and he has difficulty speaking what he's thinking. a great overview study of the Roman emperors.

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    • Beate Geiss
    • 23/03/2018

    Ein guter Überblick

    Der Course gibt einen guten Überblick über die römische Geschichte. Das Englisch ist gut verständlich. Etwas schwierig wird es nur manchmal mit den Namen.