Egypt, Greece and Rome

  • by Charles Freeman
  • Narrated by Jim Meskimen
  • 32 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Long sources of mystery, imagination, and inspiration, the myths and history of the ancient Mediterranean have given rise to artistic, religious, cultural, and intellectual traditions that span the centuries. In this unique and comprehensive introduction to the region's three major civilizations, Egypt, Greece, and Rome draws a fascinating picture of the deep links between the cultures across the Mediterranean and explores the ways in which these civilizations continue to be influential to this day.
Beginning with the emergence of the earliest Egyptian civilization around 3500 BC, Charles Freeman follows the history of the Mediterranean over a span of four millennia to AD 600, beyond the fall of the Roman empire in the west to the emergence of the Byzantine empire in the east. In addition to the three great civilizations, the peoples of the Ancient Near East and other lesser-known cultures such as the Etruscans, Celts, Persians, and Phoenicians are explored. The author examines the art, architecture, philosophy, literature, and religious practices of each culture, set against its social, political, and economic background. More than an overview of the primary political or military events, Egypt, Greece, and Rome pays particular attention to the actual lives of both the everyday person and the aristocracy: here is history brought to life. Especially striking are the readable and stimulating profiles of key individuals throughout the ancient world, covering persons from Homer to Horace, the Pharaoh Akhenaten to the emperor Augustus, Alexander the Great to Julius Caesar, Jesus to Justinian, and Aristotle to Augustine.
Generously illustrated in both color and black-and-white, and drawing on the most up-to-date scholarship, Egypt, Greece and Rome is a superb introduction for anyone seeking a better understanding of the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean and their legacy to the West.


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Ambitious yet highly accessible history

This is an ambitious yet accessible and entertaining history of the classical worlds for the general reader. It will make you want to read and learn even more about the great civilisations of antiquity.
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Content fab, shame about the speaker

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It's a heavy subject and needs time, but the lecturer (yes I mean lecturer) has a droning voice making it harder to engage. It's a shame really

What was one of the most memorable moments of Egypt, Greece and Rome?

Not got far enough to comment - see above

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Yes. He did not bring the history alive. He could have demonstrated enthusiasm when speaking

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios