A History of Rome, Volume 1 (Unabridged)
by Cyril Robinson
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A History of Rome is the story of a tiny market town on the Tiber, its rise to world domination, and then its slow, terrible plunge to utter ruin. It is the single greatest event in all human history. Discover the fascinating origin of Rome and its mysterious Etruscan connections, its first faltering steps toward republican government, and its methodical subjugation of surrounding tribes. Slowly, the puritanical Roman Republic asserts control over all of Italy and in the process forges a political unity which proves enduring. That unity is sorely tested as Rome comes into conflict with Carthage and Hannibal, a horrifying ordeal which alters world history for all time. A resurgent Rome is next drawn into the intrigues of the eastern Mediterranean, finally conquering the Greek speaking world...only to end up surrendering itself to a seductive, decadent Hellenistic culture. A century of politcal tension and civil strife ensues. Follow the rise of powerful men like the brothers Tiberius and Caius Gracchus, Marius, Sulla, Pompey, Cicero and the greatest Roman of them all - Julius Caesar. This is Volume 1 of A History of Rome (Unabridged). Don't miss Volume 2.
A book for a truely passionate scholar
The Narrators voice is truely exquisite.
The best you'll find on audio.
The Cryil Robinson historys are probably the best histories ever put on audio book.. I would recomend this to anyone who wants to learn about ancient rome. FYI this book is almost identical to his "A History of the Roman Republic" Volume 1&2, so purchasing both is redundant.
Not to be underestimated
I write this review as a warning. This audiobook is not for the passing fancy and if you go into it thinking it will be a fun listen think again. I can tell you my experience... I ended up listening to the entire book about three times. It is so detailed and there is so much information that if you are distracted for only a minute you can get lost. The first and second plays I felt that I still had no idea what happened and if tested would not get a passing grade. By the third time I went into like it was a textbook and this was a class. I sat down in front of my computer and spent hours stopping the play and referencing ancient maps and rivers. (Maps of rivers of ancient areas like Campania, Etruria and Latium are a must) If you want to have a solid understanding of troop movements during specific campaigns or battles maps are key. I had about ten different maps of ancient Rome and Italy plus a world atlas. There are also several very detailed maps of the city on the internet that name and show the exact location of buildings, temples, forums, and even statues referenced in the book. Every time I heard a name or place that I could not directly reference I would use wikipedia before continueing the audiobook. Unless you already have a vast knowledge of Rome's history and topography this is the only way to get the full reward of this audiobook. I would suggest not listening to it unless you are serious about using this as a textbook and giving your full attention (meaning don't try and do other things that may distract you.) After I understood this fact and finished the third listen with this new frame of mind I must tell it was the best experience I have had with audiobooks. Most audiobooks I buy are on history and this was by far the most challenging but also the most rewarding once I took the time to do it right. If you are ready to learn about the history of Rome and not mess around then this is the way to go. Do it now, you will be glad you did.