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Course Lecture Titles 1. Introduction 2. The Sources 3. Pre-Roman Italy and the Etruscans 4. The Foundation of Rome 5. The Kings of Rome 6. Regal Society 7. The Beginnings of the Republic 8. The Struggle of the Orders 9. Roman Expansion in Italy 10. The Roman Confederation in Italy 11. The International Scene on the Eve of Roman Expansion 12. Carthage and the First Punic WCourse Lecture Titles 1. Introduction 2. The Sources 3. Pre-Roman Italy and the Etruscans 4. The Foundation of Rome 5. The Kings of Rome 6. Regal Society 7. The Beginnings of the Republic 8. The Struggle of the Orders 9. Roman Expansion in Italy 10. The Roman Confederation in Italy 11. The International Scene on the Eve of Roman Expansion 12. Carthage and the First Punic War 13. The Second Punic (or Hannibalic) War 14. Rome in the Eastern Mediterranean 15. Explaining the Rise of the Roman Empire 16. "The Captured Conqueror"-Rome and Hellenism 17. Governing the Roman Republic, Part I-Senate and Magistrates 18. Governing the Roman Republic, Part II-Popular Assemblies and Provincial Administration 19. The Pressures of Empire 20. The Gracchi Brothers 21. Marius and Sulla 22. "The Royal Rule of Sulla" 23. Sulla's Reforms Undone 24. Pompey and Crassus 25. The First Triumvirate 26. Pompey and Caesar 27. "The Domination of Caesar" 28. Social and Cultural Life in the Late Republic 29. Antony and Octavian 30. The Second Triumvirate 31. Octavian Emerges Supreme 32. The New Order of Augustus 33. The Imperial Succession 34. The Julio-Claudian Dynasty 35. The Emperor in the Roman World 36. The Third-Century Crisis 37. The Shape of Roman Society 38. Roman Slavery 39. The Family 40. Women in Roman Society 41. An Empire of Cities 42. Public Entertainment, Part I-The Roman Baths and Chariot Racing 43. Public Entertainment, Part II-Gladiatorial Games 44. Roman Paganism 45. The Rise of Christianity 46. The Restoration of Order 47. Constantine and the Late Empire 48. Thoughts on the "Fall" of the Roman Empire...

Title : The History of Ancient Rome (Great Courses, #340)
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ISBN : 9781565853270
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Number of Pages : 190 Pages
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The History of Ancient Rome (Great Courses, #340) Reviews

  • Jim
    2019-03-01 02:37

    This is a survey course (audio download) about the (ancient) history of Rome and not intended as an in depth study of all of ancient Rome's very complicated history. Dr Fagan presents a no-nonsense series of lectures that provides the basis for understanding the social, political and military evolution of possibly the most important and successful civilization of the western world. From monarchy to republic to empire the Roman models have been repeated...mostly by the 'bad guys' efforts to achieve the glory Rome had attained. And the Romans did indeed know how to be the bad guys. They conquered the world, but did they ever truly conquer themselves...or just survive from one civil war to the next? The US has had but one civil war in our 200+ years, and we continue reliving parts of that tradegy to this day. How must it have been for the Romans?I will not provide here a rehash of the has already been done. But what I will provide is a recommendation for these lectures, especially if you can follow along in the notes. The DVD format may be a better choice, if you can afford it.Hope that helps.

  • Choko
    2019-03-15 00:54

    I love Prof. Fagan, sexy accent and all:) He makes all history fun:)

  • Amy
    2019-03-20 00:54

    Excellent lecture series. Not a boring moment in the series. Highly recommend it if you're interested in Roman History.It's not as good as reading the ancient texts but it's much better & more informative than any current book on Roman History.

  • Daniel
    2019-03-15 01:50

    A very good and thorough but admittedly shallow look at the history of the Roman Empire from its inception to the fall of the Western Empire. It was informative and very well presented and had some asides into culture and entertainment as well as military organization. It's 38 30 minutes lectures long but well worth the time involved.

  • Jeffry
    2019-03-07 00:37

    Can't recommend Fagan, or the Great Courses Lectures, enough. My brother Chris turned me on to the Great Courses & I've been enormously grateful for the many hours I've spent listening since.

  • Michael Nash
    2019-02-24 05:39

    Great Overview. Bogged down a bit in the middle. Spends several lectures on Ceasar and Augustus and the leadup to the end of the Republic and rise of the Empire, then kind of yadda yaddas the next 400 years. Still, great detail on the early parts of the empire.

  • Jerome
    2019-03-12 06:56

    Solid overview of the history of Rome.

  • Estuardo Choc Salazar
    2019-02-23 06:33

    48 hours of lectures, I think it's fair enough to say that anyone can learn a lot from this. It also includes a couple of lectures about the fall and decline of the empire but obviously this is just a plus.

  • Tristan Brandmeyer
    2019-03-22 02:49

    I thought this was an excellent lecture series on the history of Rome. Anyone interested in broadening their understanding of Roman history, and history in general, should give this a read (or listen on audio).

  • Nilesh
    2019-03-09 00:31

    The lecture series is important, academically sound and full of rich details but lacks the story-telling flavour to provide a proper context.The series does well to span the rise of Rome from complete obscurity in particular. The strength is particularly in the description of the republic, how it came together and eventually yielded to the formation of the Empire. Somewhat astonishingly, the lectures have too little time for the eras of the powerful emperors and even less for the fall of this civilisation - these topics are covered but the details are far less than for the first topics.For those looking for the palace intrigues and description of the legends, the lectures would prove highly disappointing. Equally, the periods of the clash with and immersion of Christianity are discussed extremely briefly and dryly. One of the reasons behind the shortcomings is perhaps the vastness of the topic. But equally, the lecturer's objectives are different: he would spend far more time discussing the sources and has a penchant for refuting most theories with an implicit "that's how it just happened" attitude to explanations. As a result, the chronological order lacks threads often found in other history books.One does learn a lot without a doubt, but not in as interesting a way as one may want.

  • Melinda
    2019-02-22 05:44

    Dr. Fagan is proving to be an exceptionally interesting and engaging teacher! Am enjoying these CD's a great deal! Highly recommended so far.....VERY very highly recommended. The description I remember best is of how we should look at the development of the Roman republic into the Roman empire. It is like walking into the kitchen of a highly eccentric old man. There are old and new appliances in the same kitchen. Each of the old ones are kept because the old man values just how well they do the one thing he most values them for. That old coffee maker really makes the best coffee, even though there is a new coffee maker with additional features sitting across the room. And the new coffee maker? He uses it to make steamed milk only. We look at the kitchen and think "what a mess!", but the old man looks at the kitchen and understands why everything is where it is, and how it is used, and how best to use it.We should not look at the Roman Republic or the Roman Empire as a "throwing out the old and bringing in the new", but look at it as the development of a kitchen with redundant appliances, and keeping the old even when the new is brought in.

  • Daniel Aguilar
    2019-03-08 08:36

    Extensive and detailed account of ancient Rome, from its foundation through the Republic and Imperial age and down to the fall of the western half in the IV and V centuries. It's focused mainly on the political and military achievements and their main characters, although some of the latest lectures put more emphasis on cultural and sociological aspects such as leisure, slavery, religion and more. I very much enjoyed that the author often explains which are the sources of evidence, describing the difficult task for historians and how it often leads to controversy. As an example, I liked his exposition of the different explanations provided by scholars for the causes that lead to the fall of the Empire, from relatively simplistic ones (Barbarian invasions, increasing corruption, rise of Christianity...) to more elaborated multi-factored processes, taking a systems view approach to analysing such complex events.All in all, a thorough review of the subject in an engaging and accessible style.

  • Luke
    2019-03-16 03:55

    Content : An extremely good source for introductory information about the history of Ancient Rome. Prof Fagan gives a fascinating and entertaining narrative of Rome's long and complex story by going through its three main stages: Kingdom, Republic, and Empire. Along side this narrative, short stories are constantly delivered about various assemblies, writers, emperors, consuls, concepts, laws which greatly help the reader / listener better understand the reason behind its most important events. The course ends with thematic lectures about various aspects of Roman life, such as but not limited to: gladiatorial games, chariot racing, public baths, etc. Very recommended to those who want to know more about Ancient Rome!Format : I've purchased this as an Audiobook, which was released by The Teaching Company ( and delivered through Audible. The content is divided into 30 minute lectures and Prof. Fagan's delivery is, as aforementioned, entertaining and insightful. Great for commutes!

  • Brian
    2019-03-13 08:42

    A very interesting series that really explained the complexity of Roman rise and its culture; its warring attitude; and ultimately its size or other forces caused it to ultimately decline and fall. The lecturer acknowledged difficulty in early history with documentation. Most of the series was spent on Caesar and Pompeii and then Caesar's son - Augustus - so the documentation must have improved. The weakest part of the series was the broad discussion of the culture, religion, politics, and general impact. Covering several hundred made the broad strokes so wide to be almost unusable. The last two lectures discussed the impact of Christianity, the general cause of decline, without really a conclusion or such a broad conclusion that the answer makes no sense. All told an very good series.

  • Steve Horton
    2019-03-03 04:35

    After spending 48 lectures at 30 minutes per with the voice of Dr. Fagan echoing in my Camry, I would summarize this course as nothing less than masterful. I purchased this set so I would have a background to grasp the Gibbon masterwork, but I did not anticipate Dr. Fagan giving me a three century head start. The course has the feel of a graduate level class, which is the proper canvas for Dr. Fagan's expansive knowledge of Roman actions, motivations, and intrigue. Pivotal events in Roman history are certainly covered, but this is certainly not a survey course.Listening to Dr. Fagan's encyclopedic erudition on and palatable love for ancient Rome has certainly been a pleasure this last month. I would encourage anyone with an interest in this seminal period of history to enlist Dr. Fagan as a guide. You will enjoy every minute of the journey.SH

  • Andi
    2019-03-22 04:50

    Dr. Fagan does a great job with the lectures and emphasizing the points he thinks are most important while pointing out the pitfalls in trying to analyze something with such little at the disposal to historians. I am not a historian, and have gotten interested in learning more about Rome because of some fantasy book series I've read. I think the layout and explanation of the different types and ways to analyze the historical data was refreshing, rather than the normal this is how it is mentality.As with most historical books this is quite the info overload, but I greatly enjoyed the lectures. Fascinating that there are a lot of carry overs from that culture that both help us today and hinder us as a society.

  • Jon
    2019-02-27 03:55

    Really this is a fantastic course. I just couldn't bring myself to give it five stars because the hover text for five stars says "it as amazing." I can't really say that, but it was great, and I really enjoyed it.I have been listening to the Great Courses for years, and they're very reliably worth the time and money. This one is no exception is that regard. Though some might be frustrated that more details on the lives of many of the emperors were not explored to greater detail, I think I ended up liking Dr. Fagan's approach more in covering larger themes and particular aspects of Roman life as well as prevailing theories on different aspects of the Roman Empire.I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in Roman history.

  • Bruce
    2019-03-24 05:32

    This is a 48-lecture historical overview of Rome from legendary events in the 8th century BC through the late 5th century AD. Fagan is very well-organized and clear in his presentation. I used the DVD version rather than the audio CDs and was pleased with the maps, artifacts, and photos which were used; they much enhanced the lectures. The bibliography is outstanding and contains helpful comments about the suggested resources.

  • Xiao
    2019-03-03 00:46

    Worth multiple listens. There's so much info packed in there that there's something new to learn on each re-listen. Also provides tons of context on how society can be organized and political structures that are presented as dichotomies today (democratic vs non democratic) but show an entirely different side of itself when pushed outside the spectrum of today's conventions.

  • Ross Rawnsley
    2019-03-01 04:50

    Another great lecture series from the Teaching Company. Prof Fagan is clear and concise, with a dash of humor thrown in. I would definitely listen to another of his lectures.I highly recommend the Great Courses, especially for those of you that are history fanatics4.5 stars!

  • Phillip
    2019-02-24 02:43

    A most pleasant survey of the history of ancient Rome. This is not a description of the deeds of the Emperors. Instead it provides the origin and fall of the Republic and the development of the empire. This is followed by thematic lectures about life in Rome. I recommend this.

  • Judith
    2019-03-04 02:51

    Very clear and interesting overview of Roman history. I read this to give me background to read Decline and Fall of Roman Empire. The lecturer was perhaps not well while giving the lectures - his energy levels seem to go up and down.

  • Kent Woods
    2019-03-08 04:59

    Excellent overview: broad but shallow, as these things have to be. For my money, I'd rather just have listened to Great Courses: Famous Romans again. It covers much of the same material, with more of a story-time feel.

  • Ryan
    2019-03-21 07:36

    Quality survey; as reasonably comprehensive and thorough as you could be covering about 1000 years of history in 24 hours. Mostly focuses on the later Republic and high Empire (200 BC - AD 200).

  • Justin
    2019-03-11 08:31

    I enjoyed the lectures covering the founding of Rome to the death of Augustus. I felt Dr. Fagan rushed the Imperial period.

  • Mats Hellstrom
    2019-03-18 01:32

    Interesting and well presented, I think it got a bit slow in the middle when the political system was discussed in detail. It was only for a few lectures however. Can recommend this series.

  • Zach
    2019-03-12 04:54

    Good primer from my old Latin teacher.

  • Johannes Bertus
    2019-03-22 07:41

    Insightful and entertaining. I loved the Prof's voice.

  • Amy Gideon
    2019-03-06 06:56

    I really enjoyed this survey into Ancient Roman History. A really great lecturer!I do wish though that the Julio-Claudian period was discussed more.

  • Vlad
    2019-03-22 02:30

    Great history course of Rome. Audio version is about 45 hours