The History of Ancient Rome
Part 4 of 4DVD - 1999
The cultural debt that we owe to Rome is incalculable. The living legacy of Rome remains a fascinating presence all around us, in our art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. One of the joys and privileges of being an educated person is to make one's self familiar with this great heritage and its source. The Roman achievement is unique. In the restless and fragmented history of Europe, the Roman Empire stands unmatched as a monument to unity, scale, and stability. As you'll see when you join Professor Garrett G. Fagan for this remarkable series of lectures, the Romans thought big, and they built to last. When Rome was at its peak, the standards of its legions could be seen from the deserts of Syria to the moors of Scotland. Long before the age of rapid transport and modern technology, the stones of Roman roads and the force of Roman laws ran from the Black Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. As amazing as the Empire's size was, its longevity and its enduring influence are more impressive still. In one form or another, it stood for the better part of a millennium. For generations, Rome's example has transfixed the imagination of the West and haunted the political landscape of Europe. For better or worse, rulers on the continent from Charlemagne to Hitler have sought to emulate the Roman imperium. So, in a peaceful way, does the recent movement to unify Europe under a single currency and guiding administration. Professor Fagan draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and archaeological scholarship, to introduce you to the fascinating tale of Rome's rise and decline. You'll learn about famous events and personalities-Horatius at the bridge, Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage, Caesar assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey, the doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra, the mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula, the conversion of Constantine, and more. But that's only for starters. From pre-Roman Italy through the long centuries of republican and then imperial rule, Professor Fagan skillfully interweaves narrative and analysis. Chronologically, the focus is the years 200 B.C. to A.D. 200, when Roman power was at its height. You will never feel as if you're being dragged on a march of facts and dates-Professor Fagan constantly informs events with insight from a number of stimulating themes and topics. Thus, you will study women and the family, the lot of slaves, Roman cities and religious customs, the ubiquitous and beloved institution of public bathing, the deep cultural impact of Hellenism, and such famous Roman amusements as chariot racing and gladiatorial games. You will also weigh some of the most salient debates among modern historians of Rome. These include lively disputes over how to explain Rome's tremendous expansion following the Second Punic War.
Publisher: Chantilly, Va. : Teaching Co., 
Branch Call Number: DVD937 F131h pt.4
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in