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Publisher's Summary

Explore the captivating history of the Roman Empire.

The Roman Empire was one of the most powerful forces the world has ever seen. But this isn’t just the story of conquest or the incredible system of institutions that made it possible.

The Roman Empire is not yet another boring historical topic. On the contrary, it wakes our imagination, scares us, and entertains us.

This is the story of the fascinating men and women - the emperors, their wives, parents, brothers, sisters, and children - who gave the empire its characteristic charm. Some of them, like Marcus Aurelius and Antoninus Pius, were virtuous and wise; others - like Caligula, Commodus, and Caracalla - were monstrous, insane predators whose thirst for blood and sexual habits were beyond believable.

This is the story of the most important people and events between the two crucial events - the rise of Augustus in the first century BC and the final sack of Rome in the late fifth century AD.

Some of the topics covered in this audiobook include:

  • From the Republic to the Empire: The rise of Octavian
  • The age of Augustus
  • The Julio-Claudian dynasty after Augustus: From Tiberius to Nero
  • Civil war and the year of the four emperors (AD 68-69)
  • The Flavians
  • The Nerva-Antonine dynasty: The five good emperors (and a couple of not-so-good ones)
  • Some new emperors
  • Crises, civil wars, and divisions: The long and painful decline
  • Two Empires: East and West
  • And a great deal more you don't want to miss out on!

Get the audiobook now to learn more about the Roman Empire!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-2020

Just an Overview

Not so deep, just a good overview with several gaps. Performance with a good, warm voice, but with several mispronunciatons.

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  • Chris
  • 31-08-2018

Useless rambling.

It has information and data, as well as SOME interesting information given appropriate context. But it listens like a 10th grade term paper; all names and dates to fill time. This book should be 20 hours minimum to give even vaguely appropriate context to most of the info given.

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  • Mackenzie
  • 29-06-2018

Just What I Needed

Just what I needed. A history of Rome that wouldn't take me a year to complete. Excellent, although it focuses mainly in the military aspect of the Empire. A little more about social policy, habits, natural disasters like Pompey, sexual habits, society and life in general would be appreciated.

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  • Allison
  • 29-06-2018

My Pleasure To Recommend It

I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about the Roman Empire from beginning to end without having to dive too deep. This book is very accessible, easy and conveys excitement about the topic at hand. If you want a basic overview of the history of Rome, this is a great place to start.

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  • King
  • 29-06-2018

Decent Audible

A decent overview of Rome under the early emperors. Of course, nothing you read will tell you everything there is to know, but this book is a worthwhile addition to your library.

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  • Jean AR
  • 29-06-2018

History Described

I enjoy 'quick' books; but, your writing reminded of 'cliff notes'. It was a very quick look at the 'Roman' history. There was a 'litany' of Roman leaders; but, said so little about each 'leader'. I think there is a 'belief' that sometime in the history of Rome a man called 'Moses' and the exodus from Rome.

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  • Alex
  • 29-06-2018

Interesting Road

Interesting read that follows the Roman empire from its inception until falling apart. The focus is on the long list of rulers over many centuries and was enlightening. It reads as easily as a novel. I would prefer to have more insights into how they ruled their far flung empire.

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  • Patrice
  • 29-06-2018

Truly A Great Book

Great book to arouse the senses. Looking forward to finding other books that explained the details.

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  • Kyler
  • 29-06-2018

Enjoyed

I enjoyed this book.it was very entertaining. I learned some things I didn’t know about Rome.

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  • Eli
  • 29-06-2018

Great

Great 👍 Rome history is not as good as Greek mythology and history since Greeks were the first to rule. Rome stole and destroyed many historical things.

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  • Poppy
  • 29-06-2018

Enjoyable

This was an enjoyable audio book. Quick snapshot of Roman history and some major events and people involved. Good jumping off point into further research.

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  • Sienna
  • 29-06-2018

Nice Voice

A wonderful, concise easy to follow overview of a complex and intertwining story. Roman influence then and now. Highly recommended to refresh your understanding before visiting Rome.

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  • Riley Ronnie
  • 29-06-2018

Good Narration

The Narrator has a nice voice and packs in the information in an interesting and enjoyable manner. If you are looking for a quick rundown on the political history of Rome this book is a great option.

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  • Evie
  • 29-06-2018

Interesting Short Book

This a great short book that will keep you interested and informed without boring you to death.

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  • Carter F
  • 29-06-2018

Enjoyed Listening It

I enjoyed listening to this book it was very informative I would recommend this to anyone interested in the Roman empire.

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  • Rubi L
  • 29-06-2018

Fairly Very Nice

I would really like to have had a timeline included, but overall, it was fairly informative. It has as much info as you can fit into an hourly book.

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  • Liam L
  • 29-06-2018

Quick Book

If you’re looking for a quick read on Roman history and culture, this is the book for you! Easy to read and is packed with a lot of information.

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  • Phoebe
  • 29-06-2018

Average Book

If Roman history had Cliff notes this would be it. Not enough detail to qualify as a text but more than enough to get you interested. Recommended.

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  • Dexter Finn
  • 29-06-2018

Great Work

This was an interesting book that I enjoyed immensely. There was a little wit to enliven the Subject of Rome. Five Stars

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  • Emma Clara
  • 29-06-2018

Four Stars

I gave it four stars because is a great summary of the history of Rome, but I personally would have liked for it to go into more details about the fall of the republic and the establishment of the Empire... But again this seems to be more like a fast paced intro book into the history of Rome and for that purpose, is perfect.

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