The Storm Before the Storm

  • by Mike Duncan
  • Narrated by Mike Duncan
  • 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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A fantastic story

Fantastic story on roman revolution written and read by one of my favorite podcasters.

The author has the last years had two podcasts, one on the "History of Rome" and "Revolutions" the man is a master in the art of telling history as an exiting story, where you'll learn a lot!
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- Magnus

7 minutes to 11 hours...

Mike's come a long way since his first 7 minute podcasts, and it's been an informative, enjoyable journey with him as his confidence (and family grew).
People like this deserve to be supported and nurtured, which I have in my own little way via Mike's occasional fund drives.
Measured and informative, entertaining and enlightening, Mike has been hitting my history itch for around - 10 years? - now.

Here's to 10 more...

Well done Mike.
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- borodude

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-10-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio