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4.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 5 4.24 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Titus Livy Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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When Livy began his epic The History of Rome, he had no idea of the fame and fortune he would eventually attain. He would go on to become the most widely read writer in the Roman Empire and was eagerly sought out and feted like a modern celebrity. And his fame continued to grow after his death. His bombastic style, his intricate and complex sentence structure, and his flair for powerfully recreating the searing drama of historical incidents made him a favorite of teachers and pupils alike. Along with Virgil and Cicero, Livy formed the Latin triumvirate of essential studies for 2,000 years.

Hardly anyone who was educated was unaware of at least some of the more famous stories of Roman myth and history as told by Titus Livius. When completed, Livy's magnificent work consisted of 142 books (i.e. long chapters) and covered the period from the mythical founding of Rome through the time of Augustus. Books 1 - 10 and 21 - 45 are all that have come down to us in reasonably complete form. Volume 1 consists of books 1 - 5, which takes us from the founding of Rome in the eighth century BC to its sack by the Gauls in 390 BC. The Audio Connoisseur series will eventually come to six volumes. This version was translated by Roberts.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 2/8/2014

    " Well. What can I say. This is a colossal book. I learned a lot of new words, like rapine, expiate, and Synod. I've studied history some, but this is really the definitive work on everything roman from the julio-claudians to the extinction of the eastern empire by mohammed the 2nd. If you have a year to give, it's great fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelby | 1/24/2014

    " it got bogged down in The Justinian Law for the middle section. and the general theme of The Decline at this point seems to be How Low Can They Go. it get repetitious. I'm reading a different edition than this, so there are still four volumes to go, but where! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 1/22/2014

    " An exhaustive look at the decline of the Roman Empire that had once dominated the Mediterranean and beyond. If you want to know how the empire evolved over the years and about the power struggles they faced, and the rampant Emporers who affected the entire world. This is an interesting book, although a bit too much information is provided throughout, so only hardcore historians will really 'enjoy' this narration a lot of the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Mask | 1/15/2014

    " A tough read, but worth the effort for perspective gleaned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Bennett | 1/6/2014

    " C'mon - its gibbon.. Comprehensive and the gold standard of roman historical writing..also - very long... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sayce Falk | 12/30/2013

    " Less applicable to America today than I thought it would be...Gibbon drops ancient Roman sovereign names as if everyone's already memorized the chronology of the caesars. Beware of long dry passages recounting enormous spans of time and activity; the gems of language are there, but digging to find them takes some energy and effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 12/23/2013

    " I like facts. I like information. I get sick of cultural mumbo-jumbo quickly. Sure, Gibbon spends his share of time providing context to his events, but he doesn't make it the central point. This book is jammed full of information that I didn't know. Maybe some of it is not exactly accurate, but the lion's share is straight meaty history. I loved it, Decline and Fall was enthralling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bibi shakoor | 12/21/2013

    " An abridged version, but very well written and informative, documenting the early days of the Roman empire to its decline and fall. Gibbons analyzes and brings together the forces such as the break down of the military and civilian administration, absolute monarchy, the rise of Christianity and its divisions, the invasion of the barbarians, the growing inequality between rich and poor and the rise and spread of Islam all of which came together and contributed to the collapse of the empire. It is an excellent book, and is recommeded for those with an interest in foreign affairs and politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Pyjov | 12/20/2013

    " I feel like I should give this a 5, but will not give in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zivago | 12/19/2013

    " the modern library-ny edition was the best abridged edition of the book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony Barbieri | 12/16/2013

    " If you read the Age of Civilization then you must read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 melissa seley | 12/14/2013

    " ok, so i've only read selected chapters and it would take a lifetime to really do it rightly, but - brilliant. a good thing to have on the bookshelf for digging into when you want to escape your own lil life and mull over the oddballs, meanies, heroes, perverts and heartbreaks of an empire vanished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry Hyson | 11/29/2013

    " A very long book but well worth the time. Amazing amount of detail about the history of Europe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caleb | 8/24/2013

    " Long, outdated, and compellingly interesting reading. Great to read if you know a lot about the Roman Empire, or nothing at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yameen Salahuddin | 5/18/2013

    " Still reading it, about 1500 pages, but really is a poetic treatment of Roman history. Reading this book is a real commitment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunil | 4/22/2013

    " Always scribble, scribble, scribble, eh, Mr. Gibbon? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Clulow | 3/25/2013

    " This is considered the most comprehensive book on the roman empire for a reason. It reads like an encyclopedia so you need some motivation but it is full of so many facts that it is worth it. At times, Gibbon's historical prejudices become apparent but that reflects the times he lived in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Kovatch | 1/22/2013

    " deep but very similar to the USA "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki Cline | 11/21/2012

    " I only made it through volume 3, because I'm not really interested in what happened after Rome fell in 476, but I did enjoy what I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hadrian | 7/8/2012

    " Truly grand in scope, in subject matter, in style. Some conclusions/sources are out of date, but it is still a joy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali | 2/17/2012

    " One of the funniest history books I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter J. | 1/23/2012

    " It took me a year to read this entire set the first time and six months the second, but was worth every minute invested. I still feel my stomach tighten at the thought of the first hand accounts of the fall of Constantinople. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. D. | 7/17/2011

    " This work is justly regarded as a classic. I am tempted to read an unabridged version (more volumes/chapters), in spite of time-constraints. The historical perspective provided here seem well worth the time spent reading. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.E. | 5/15/2011

    " Am enjoying this. Eventually, all the Loeb Latin classics will be read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 2/10/2011

    " Good insight into the political side of early Roman life. Books 1-5 cover from 1200 BC to 386 BC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/3/2011

    " He's the man for Roman history. Volume 1-5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/1/2010

    " A great book once you adjust to the writing a do a little research about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cscearce | 6/2/2010

    " I'm reading the first book of Livy's history. I don't know if there is any real history in the early books. Seems more like mythology. Still, it's turning out to be more interesting from a story perspective than I expected it to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 4/14/2010

    " A good look at how there is nothing new under the sun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 3/10/2010

    " Read only if you are a confirmed ancient history nut. If you are, an excellent book. While often just a list of battles and officials, you get a feel for the early events that made Rome what it became. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corey | 1/3/2010

    " ummm, read machiavelli's discourses. this was written right after the fall of the tarquin kings, i don't really understand it without machiavelli's help....and i still like machiavelli's interpretation of republicanism better:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 7/20/2009

    " Livy is wonderful, especially if you have an interest in Roman history. Reading this book as part of a required reading for a Women in Antiquity class really helped me to understand the people and times of Rome "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren "Lolly" | 7/9/2009

    " Read for my senior thesis in undergrad - it was good to read these classics. "

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