The Rise of Rome

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Gregory S. Aldrete PhD
  • 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

The Roman Republic is one of the most breathtaking civilizations in world history. Between roughly 500 BCE to the turn of the millennium, a modest city-state developed an innovative system of government and expanded into far-flung territories across Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. This powerful civilization inspired America's founding fathers, gifted us a blueprint for amazing engineering innovations, left a vital trove of myths, and has inspired the human imagination for 2,000 years.
How did Rome become so powerful? This mystery has vexed historians from the ancient Greek writer Polybius to 21st century scholars. Today, removed as we are from the Roman Republic, historians also wonder what it was like to be a Roman citizen in that amazing era. Beyond the familiar names of Romulus, Caesar, Octavian, Brutus, and Mark Antony, what was life like for the ordinary people? And what did the conquered peoples think of this world power?
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An excellent lecture series. I wished it did not have to end. I hope there is a continuation of the series by the same lecturer.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2018
  • Publisher: The Great Courses