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  • SPQR

  • A History of Ancient Rome
  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459

Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and erudite

  • By Mr. D on 01-12-15

I'm struggling

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Reviewed: 17-01-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I love watching Mary on TV as she brings the subject to life with her passion and huge knowledge. In this audio book the knowledge is there but I am missing her unique story telling. The narrator does her best but obviously doesn't really know what she is talking about and although I love this topic, I've had three goes at this and it just sends me to sleep. Disappointed.

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