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Nancy E. McCarty
AudioFile, June 2010

Hugh Griffith makes the history of the Roman Empire inviting and accessible to upper elementary and middle school students. With his clear, slightly accented voice, Benjamin Soames provides a delivery that breathes life into ancient times. His tone is conversational as he takes us from Rome’s beginning years as a republic to its later years as empire. From Julius Caesar, who toppled the republic and established himself as dictator, through five hundred years of emperors, famous and infamous alike, students become acquainted with a critical era in the civilization of the world. The contributions of the most influential emperors are covered—with connections clearly drawn to show Rome’s enduring stamp on the world today.





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