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  1. 5.6 hrs • 7/23/2015 • Unabridged

    From the city of Pompeii—frozen in time by volcanic ash and lava—to the Colosseum’s famed gladiators—treated like rock stars—ancient Rome had it all: Gods and Goddesses, infamous emperors, crippling warfare, and beautiful art. Spartacus, the famous gladiator and slave, led a revolt against a tyrannical government. Conspirators violently murdered emperor Julius Caesar. Virgil wrote epic poetry, and Jesus of Nazareth was proclaimed the messiah. Learn the stories behind the famous names, all backed by a variety of primary sources. Architectural ruins, ancient texts, and everyday items—like the iron collars used on slaves—show us how ancient Romans really lived. The Ancient Roman World focuses not only on the wars and government problems of the time, but also on the lives of common Romans. This intriguing and well-researched text written by a historian and a children’s author provides a thorough understanding of everything you need to know about ancient Rome’s rise and fall and will transport modern listeners back to the days of the Ceasars.

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  2. 0.6 hrs • 3/11/2015 • Unabridged

    Could griffins have been real? When Adrienne Mayor carefully read the ancient Greek and Roman descriptions, this mythic hybrid of a lion and an eagle sounded like something people had actually seen. What could explain that evidence? After a decade of hunting through myths, poring over old maps, and tracing the discoveries of modern dinosaur hunters, she found the answer: awesome dinosaur fossils observed by ancient gold hunters in the Gobi desert. The Griffin and the Dinosaur is the story of one insightful, curious, and determined woman who solved the mystery of the griffin and invented a new science. Now she and others travel the world matching myths and fossils.

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    The Griffin and the Dinosaur

    0.6 hrs • 3/11/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 4.8 hrs • 5/6/2004 • Unabridged

    With a list of characters from Achilles to Zeus, and all the gods and mortals in between, The Ancient Greek World is one of the most comprehensive history textbooks on one of the most momentous civilizations in history. The Greeks are considered the first people in the ancient Western world to record their own history, and remnants of their cultural, philosophical, political and architectural advances remain to this day. Homer, Sophocles, Aeschylus, Socrates, Aristotle and Plato set the ground rules for modern literature, theater and philosophy. The Parthenon still stands as an example of structural ingenuity. And many countries still practice democracy and participate in the Olympics. From everyday life to political upheaval, like the Pelopponesian War and Alexander the Great’s conquests, the Greeks believed they were an exceptional people, and their influence is still present today.

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    The Ancient Greek World

    4.8 hrs • 5/6/04 • Unabridged
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