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Extended Audio Sample The History of Rome, Volume 1, Books 1 - 5 (Unabridged), by Titus Livy
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,831 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Titus Livy Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Bob Mask | 1/15/2014

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

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