Roman Lives: Coriolanus, Pompey, Caesar, Cicero, Brutus, Mark Anthony

Version: Unabridged
Author: Mestrius Plutarchus
Narrator: Nicholas Farrell , Steve Hodson
Genres: History, Biography & Memoir, Literary, Ancient Civilizations
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Published In: April 2004
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 44 minutes
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Overview

Though he was Greek, Plutarch wrote his Lives in the first century, a world dominated by the Roman Empire. Plutarch's series of biographies was the first of its kind, as much groundbreaking in conception as the Histories of Herodotus. Plutrach looked at the great men of the Ancient World and told their stories, in many cases drawing on sources, which are no longer available to us. They offer a unique insight into the characters as well as the achievements of men who influenced their age and the empires that their culture dominated. Here he considers some of the major figures that had left their stamp on the history of Rome, including generals, rulers, philosophers and politicians. It is the companion volume to Greeks Lives, also read with clarity and style by Nicholas Farrell.

Reviews (3)

Great book intolerable narrator

Written by Joseph Lopez on December 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Plutarch was a superb writer and this was a truly fine book. The narrator, however, is very British, and his accent and inflection are difficult to listen to for so long.

My ego wishes I enjoyed it more.

Written by Timothy Higgins from Cincinnati, OH on December 6th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was excellent. It truely was. The rich history and politics of Rome, and the parallels to modern day times are astounding. Nothing much has changed in 2000 years apparently when it comes to power and politics, except that the politicians today don't have swords. On second thought, maybe they should. I know I'd watch C-SPAN alot more. The stories are truely amazing, and when I watched the HBO "Rome" series, I kept asking myself how much artistic license did the writers take. The answer, suprisingly, is not very much. In fact, I think HBO might have toned down some of the more sordid bits. That being said, the book was read by one of the more boring, non-inflective, impassionate narrators I have ever heard. I love history, and my ego wanted to gleen every bit of knowledge from this book so I could be knowledgable, but the narrator kept my mind wandering. If I ever do recite from this book and take on the narrator's tone, I'll be kicked out of any dinner party.

Beautiful Production

Written by Rey Mustafa from Manchester, NJ on May 6th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent production, read in a very captivating manner with drama and emphasis. It felt like a Shakesperian play. I enjoyed it so much that I had to rent the rise and fall of the Roman empire, to get my fix. I can see where the HBO series on ROME got most of their material...from this book and Plutarchus.