The Modern Scholar: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • by Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by Thomas F. Madden
  • 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Even millennia after its fall, the grand expanse of Roman achievement continues to affect not only American society, but the entire world as well. What caused a civilization of such accomplishments to disintegrate? In this informative and lively series of lectures, renowned history professor Thomas F. Madden serves as the ultimate guide through the fall of ancient Rome. Professor Madden correlates the principles of Roman conduct - both governmental and military - that would forever change the world. Rome was an empire unlike the world had ever seen, and one that will likely never be duplicated. Peopled with personages of great distinction and even greater ambition, at once notable for humanity's great promise and flawed nature, the Roman Empire contributed many of history's proudest advancements. Here Professor Madden invites audiences to explore all the grandeur of this fallen empire.

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Another Madden Hit

Would you consider the audio edition of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire to be better than the print version?

No printed version; these are lectures.


Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A. These are lecture about history.


What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

Relaxed, informal, funny in a deadpan type of manner.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not necessarily, it covers over 600 years of history.


Any additional comments?

This must be the 5th or 6th lecture series from Professor Madden, and I loved each one. He is knowledgeable, tongue-in-cheek funny and makes history come alive.

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- Olivier

Great insight

A very considered narration of an important subject in history. What I most enjoyed about this audio book was the amount of background knowledge on the Caesars who ruled Rome.
I would recommend this audio for anyone interested in the fall and fall of man's greatest empire.
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- Eager

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-10-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books