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DmitriKaramazov
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Can anyone suggest an authoritative or gripping history of the Roman Empire?

Or a specific era of the Empire?

Thanks.
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rebelrouser
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Dan Carlin Hardcore History podcast.


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Epaminondas
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Mike Duncan's The History of Rome podcast. It's several years old, so you can listen beginning to end at your own pace.


prplhze2000
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Caesar and Christ, Will Durant. It's a good, comprehensive start that is well-written. He writes with a literary flourish that makes his works worth reading.

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Once more, in the great systole and diastole of history, an age of freedom ended and an age of discipline began.


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Rome remained great as long as she had enemies who forced her to unity, vision, and heroism. When she had overcome them all she flourished for a moment and then began to die.




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A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Rome's decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars.


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deathvalleyfreak43
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Mike Duncan's The History of Rome podcast.


Cannot Recommend this enough.


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Charter Embers
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The Rise of Rome by Anthony Everitt is an in-depth but brief overview(comparatively) of a less popular time period in Roman History.


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Musashi
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anything written by Andrian Goldsworthy


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shinerfan
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Cullen McCullough's Masters of Rome series is well written and well sourced. It starts immediately after the death of Gaius Gracchus and continues to the ascension of Augustus. She brings all the big characters to life but it's Sulla who really leaps off the page.
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Tiger1242
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Mike Duncan's The History of Rome podcast.

For sure


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SammyTiger
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I was gonna say this.

It’s very good, he gets better and better as a host as the series goes along.

It’s detailed and interesting.

And then you can listen to Revolutions.

If you want a book he wrote a book but I have not read it. The Storm before the Storm.
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biglego
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If you want to venture into the eastern half, I love this book:



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