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The Rise of Rome

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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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  • 05/03/2018

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
  • 08/02/2018

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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  • DSK
  • 10/08/2018

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
  • 06/08/2018

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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  • Robert Lavalette
  • 29/01/2019

Good lecture

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

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  • Henry Dickenson
  • 21/11/2018

Good listen

very informative with a great delivery. highly recommend for those versed and less versed in the republic

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  • Careca1000
  • 01/09/2018

the circle of line

hightlights are the chapeter on Cícero and the Last one. the rest is just fine

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  • 25/07/2018

loved it!

I really enjoyed this audible book by the Great Courses. I've been obsessed with Roman history for the past couple years now and I've been reading and listening to all sorts of different materials on it. What I really like about this one was how he cross-referenced all the ancient historians of the time from polybius to Livy to Cicero and other contemporaries. this was an excellent book to learn about how the Republic Rose and how it alternate Lee cell. I recommend

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  • Helen Spalding
  • 06/07/2018

Engaging, Insightful, Prescient

Ancient history has much to teach us about present history. Rome is often remembered best as an Empire which dominated the Mediterranean basin for nearly a thousand years. However, for half of that time, Rome was a republic -- the people elected representatives to run the gov't. Alas, that system broke down and fell apart only to pick itself up again but as a dictatorship under the authority of the emperor.

How did that happen? In this short course, you will be exposed to what went wrong and how it went wrong and when it started going wrong.

As I read the headlines, I see similar signs in our own fracturing republic. Here is how we can actually learn from history rather than being doomed to repeat it.

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  • Tyler Lacovara
  • 22/05/2018

Interesting & Informative

This helped me get through weeks of commuting. Rome is a fascinating subject and this book does a great job of making information accessible and interesting.

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