General Knowledge

The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic

This series will guide its listeners on an exciting, 1200-year journey from Rome's mythical beginnings to the birth of the Roman Empire. Along the way, we will consider the legendary tales of Aeneas, Dido, and Romulus, the seven kings of the Roman Monarchy, the founding and growth of the Roman Republic, the bloody Punic Wars that pit Rome against Carthage, the equally bloody period of Civil Wars that almost tore Rome apart, the power struggles of Julius Caesar, Pompey, Cleopatra, and Marc Antony, and the rise to power of the young Caesar Augustus, who would become Rome's first emperor and establish the Pax Romana, the longest reign of peace the Western world has known.

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Created by Louis Markos
15 lessons
2h 22m
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About the author

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Louis Markos, PhD, Professor in English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities. His two lecture series with The Teaching Company/Great Courses and twenty-one books include "From Plato to Postmodernism," "From Achilles to Christ," "From Plato to Christ," "The Myth Made Fact: Reading Greek Mythology through Christian Eyes," and Worldview Guides to the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid. The information covered in this series is discussed in much greater detail in his Ancient Voices: An Insider's Look at Classical Greece.