The Decline and Fall of Rome

The Decline and Fall of Rome

Audiobook CD - 2008
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Professor Madden correlates the principles of Roman conduct -- both governmental and military -- that would forever change the world. Rome was an empire unlike the world had ever seen and one that will likely never be duplicated. People with personages of great distinction and even greater ambition, at once notable for humanity's great promise and flawed nature, the Roman Empire contributed many of history's proudest advancements..
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2008.
ISBN: 9781436132176
Call Number: 937 MADDEN
Characteristics: 7 compact discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (48 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 22 cm)
Subjects: Rome -- Civilization.
Rome -- History -- Empire, 30 B.C.-476 A.D.
Compact discs, Book.
Romans -- Social life and customs.


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Mar 09, 2017

It is a great course on Rome if you have no prior knowledge of it. It is also good one if you already know Rome history as it provides a different perspective on why and how Rome fell. Prof Madden is engaging and expresses his opinions clearly and fairly. I highly recommend it.

I actually listened to Edward Gibbon monumental work first but had to stop after 12 discs as I had trouble understanding its narrator's accent and tunes. To me the British narrator is simply "reciting" the book, rather not "teaching a course" therefore is much less engaging with listeners than Prof Madden does. I personally believe I would get much more out of Edward Gibbon masterpiece by simply reading it myself, not listening to it.

May 26, 2012

This course is at best superficial. Despite its 14 lecture length, the course does not delve deep into any topic; and to be offered as part of the “Modern Scholar” series is laughable (sadly my experience has been the same for every course I have yet found from the “Modern Scholar” series of lectures). This course, far from being anything resembling “scholarly,” is mainly pop-history. The professor merely glides over the surface of complicated topics and often presents questionable source material as accepted fact.

My negative comments notwithstanding however, this course may be useful to the individual who has had absolutely no prior expose to ancient world history or the classics, and who only want a superficial thumbnail sketch of very broad subjects. If you would be satisfied with a “Reader’s Digest” version of ancient history, then this title may offer it.
If, however, you are actually seeking a scholarly treatment of this subject (as one might expect from the title of the series!) skip this title.

I would recommend “The Great Courses” series of lectures (probably also available at this library) as a much better alternative to very disappointing “The Modern Scholar” series.


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