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    When Octavian, who took the title of Augustus as the first emperor of Rome, defeated Mark Antony to become the sole ruler of the Roman world, it was a major turning point in Western civilization. Not only did his decades-long rule completely transform the old Roman Republic into the Roman Empire, but it also profoundly shaped the culture and history of our world today. The Roman Empire: From Augustus to the Fall of Rome traces this breathtaking history from the empire’s foundation by Augustus to its Golden Age in the 2nd century CE through a series of ever-worsening crises until its ultimate disintegration.

    Taught by acclaimed Professor Gregory S. Aldrete of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, these 24 captivating lectures offer you the chance to experience this story like never before, incorporating the latest historical insights that challenge our previous notions of Rome’s decline. You’ll examine the major events and familiar figures of the Roman Empire, including:

    • The political innovations of Augustus
    • The mental instability and cruel acts of Caligula and Nero
    • Writers such as Ovid, Horace, and Virgil
    • The stoic philosophy of Marcus Aurelius
    • Constantine’s startling conversion to Christianity

    You’ll also look beyond the famous figures and delve deeply into the lives of ordinary Roman citizens. You’ll hear the messages they left on tombstones or scribbled on walls as graffiti; examine what life was really like for average city-dwellers and the hazards they faced every day; spend a day at Rome’s spectacular public entertainments, such as gladiator games and chariot races; and explore some of the city’s marvelous architectural and engineering works, including the Pantheon and the aqueducts.

    We cannot truly understand ourselves unless we comprehend the vital influences of Rome on the modern world - and the lessons the empire can still teach us. The Roman Empire: From Augustus to the Fall of Rome is an excellent guide to one of the most important periods in world history.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

    ©2019 The Great Courses (P)2019 The Teaching Company, LLC

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    • Laurel Tucker
    • 04/02/2019

    Gregory S. Aldrete is a treasure

    I've been looking forward to this since I listened to The Rise of Rome. He makes history relatable, presents opposing viewpoints, and gives a great perspective on the subject. I love all of Aldrete's Great Courses audiobooks. Even my husband, who generally dislikes audiobooks, enjoys his work.

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    • Gold family
    • 20/07/2019

    good information but narration poor

    good information but left out much of the horrors of the Muslim regime and part in decline of welll....everything in the mediteranin . narration is annoying with inflection on first of every word and slow....listened at 1.25 and felt barely normal.

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    • Grazen
    • 18/02/2019

    A Good Listen but Incomplete

    20 lectures on the 500 years of the western empire and one lecture on the 1000 years of the Eastern Roman empire makes the series very unbalanced for those interested in history. The lecture style can be best described as 'forced conversational' in that it's clear that the professor is reading, but he tosses in a style to make it seem conversational' which ultimately leads to it being more distracting than easy listening. The four stars is based on the fact that what is presented is of good quality and we'll prepared.

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    • 26/09/2020

    Not well structured

    There's too much emphasis on the Roman emperors as a cult of personalities rather than as executives of economic and social policy. Why, for example, was Augustus such a great emperor? If you listen to this series, the answer is: "he ended the civil war [i.e., killed off belligerents] and didn't piss off the elites." Really?! That's it?! What about founding one of history's first ever fire brigades? What about his welfare policies? Bread and circuses? Admittedly, this stuff does come up in one of the later lectures, but it should have been a running theme throughout. If you like to think of Roman history as a Hollywood action film, this might be for you. If you're looking for some depth in constitutionalism and what made Rome, by the standards of its own time (emphatically not by the standards of ours), a relatively enlightened and prosperous empire, this does not deliver.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 03/12/2019

    Good overview of Roman History

    Gregory Aldrete takes us by the hand from the times of Augustus to the fall of Rome. Though sometimes complacent with main stream history of the Empire, there are some special chapters in which Professor Aldrete gives take a deep focus on certain parts of Roman history that are notably interesting. In particular, I enjoyed his analysis of the fall of the Empire and his various passages on everyday life and spectacles of the inhabitants of the city of Rome. I would have liked more mentions about the sources and their reliability.

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    • Jerry
    • 20/09/2019

    Great information

    This is a great follow up course to his previous course on Rome. You will learn a lot.

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    • Denis
    • 20/05/2019

    History comes alive!

    Gregory S. Aldrete has done an amazing job! Great amount of information and so captivating! Many thanks from Russia.

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    • horoscopy
    • 09/02/2019

    Eh...its OKAY,,though seemed a bit monotone/boring

    This "Course" is just a quick overview/ relisting of all the major "stories" of the fall of the Roman Empire from Augustus onwards. I didn't think it was a bad listen, though , I have listened to far better and more exciting/interesting courses/books. The voice narration of the professor seemed also different than in previous other Great Courses that I have listened to. Mainly it seemed more kind of monotone and like it had been re-recorded and edited and was not a real passionate, enthusiastic (thinking engaged with speaking) "speech" type of course.

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    • wbiro
    • 02/12/2020

    Good Addition to Other Books on Roman History

    Other books are deeper, so the is a good starting point. Well narrated. This book offers a good amount of street view (he did an entire book on that).

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    • steven
    • 28/04/2020

    Excellent and engaging lectures

    This is another awesome lecture put out by a the Great Courses. As it goes, some of this producers courses are going to be better than others. And this is one of the better ones. Greg Aldrete is very knowledgeable. He is a good teacher in the way his lessons are organized. And he is an enthusiastic narrator. These are the elements that make for an exciting and engaging lecture. Copying the PDF files to IBooks, and reading a little behind the audio gave me another chance to digest all the information. Two thumbs up. I only wish I had gone through the precursor historically in his lecture of the Roman republic (which I’m about to start now), but I don’t feel like it’s an absolute prerequisite if you also end up starting here. He gives a quick backstory to catch the listener up.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 20/05/2020

    Basic

    Very basic overview. I couldnt go over first chapter which is basically: do you know rome fought cartage? But if you are just starting to explore roman history than this book would be perfect gateway

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