The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic (Unabridged)
by Mike Duncan
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The creator of the massively popular, award-winning podcast series The History of Rome brings to life the story of the tumultuous years that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic. The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world. But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled. Almost as soon as they had conquered the Mediterranean, Rome became engulfed in violent political conflicts and civil wars that would destroy the Republic less than a century later. Chronicling the years 133-80 BCE, The Storm Before the Storm is a rollicking deep dive into the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that defined a dangerous new political environment - a stark warning for modern listeners about what happens to a civilization driven by increasing economic inequality, political polarization, and ruthless ambition.
Great buy for any THoR fans or anyone interested in the root causes of the fall of the republic.
Rich, wonderful history
History isn't borning and Mike Duncan proves it. If you haven't listened to The History of Rome or Revolutions, you really should. He's got a great, clear voice; the narration moves along at a snappy pace; and he has a slick sense of humor. And he's not afriad to occasionally faceplant with his facts or pronunciations. It's like listening to your best friend tell you stories about the world. I've listened to TOR about seven times now, and am relisteing to Revolutions.
This is an extension of The History of Rome and does another remarkable job bringing pre-Julius Caesar Rome to life. As you listen it's fascinating to draw parallels to moder times. It's not about dry facts, but the lives of flesh and blood people. Well worth the time and money.