Theoderic the Great: King of Goths, Ruler of Romans Audiobook, by Hans-Ulrich Wiemer Play Audiobook Sample

Theoderic the Great: King of Goths, Ruler of Romans Audiobook

Theoderic the Great: King of Goths, Ruler of Romans Audiobook, by Hans-Ulrich Wiemer Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Julian Elfer Publisher: Tantor Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 15.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 11.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2023 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9798350843385

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Longest Chapter Length:

57:18 minutes

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03:50 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

43:24 minutes

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In the year 493, the leader of a vast confederation of Gothic warriors, their wives, and children personally cut down Odoacer, the man famous for deposing the last Roman emperor in 476. That leader became Theoderic the Great (454–526). This engaging history of his life and reign immerses readers in the world of the warrior-king who ushered in decades of peace and stability in Italy as king of Goths and Romans. Theoderic transformed his roving "warrior nation" from the periphery of the Roman world into a standing army that protected his taxpaying Roman subjects with the support of the Roman elite. With a ruling strategy of "integration through separation," Theoderic not only stabilized Italy but also extended his kingdom to the western Balkans, southern France, and the Iberian Peninsula.

Using sources as diverse as letters, poetry, coins, and mosaics, Hans-Ulrich Wiemer brings listener into the world of Theoderic's court, from Gothic warriors and their families to the notables, artisans, and shopkeepers of Rome and Ravenna to the peasants and enslaved people who tilled the soil on grand rural estates. This book offers a fascinating history of the leader who brought peace to Italy after the disintegration of the Roman Empire.

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About Julian Elfer

Julian Elfer is an award-winning, classically trained British actor with extensive stage experience. He studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and the British Academy at Oxford University, where he studied with the likes of Derek Jacobi, Fiona Shaw, and Alan Rickman. Elfer currently resides and acts in New York City.