The Ruin of the Roman Empire by James J. O’Donnell audiobook

The Ruin of the Roman Empire: A New History

By James J. O’Donnell
Read by Mel Foster

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18.94 Hours 1
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What really marked the end of the Roman Empire? Was it a long, inevitable decay, or did real people make real choices with surprising and unintended effects? The Ruin of the Roman Empire takes us back to the sixth century, into the lives, cultures, and events that influenced ancient Rome. James O'Donnell restores the reputations of many "barbarians," while showing that Rome's last emperors doomed their realm with the hapless ways in which they tried to restore and preserve it. Sweeping and accessible, The Ruin of the Roman Empire captures the richness of late antique life and the colorful characters of the age while offering insight into today's debates about barbarism, religion, empires, and their threatened borders.

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What really marked the end of the Roman Empire? Was it a long, inevitable decay, or did real people make real choices with surprising and unintended effects? The Ruin of the Roman Empire takes us back to the sixth century, into the lives, cultures, and events that influenced ancient Rome. James O'Donnell restores the reputations of many "barbarians," while showing that Rome's last emperors doomed their realm with the hapless ways in which they tried to restore and preserve it. Sweeping and accessible, The Ruin of the Roman Empire captures the richness of late antique life and the colorful characters of the age while offering insight into today's debates about barbarism, religion, empires, and their threatened borders.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

O'Donnell's vivid prose…[makes] it easy for [listeners] to imagine the world as it was at the empire's close. Library Journal Starred Review
“O’Donnell’s vivid prose…[makes] it easy for readers to imagine the world as it was at the empire’s close.” Library Journal (starred review)
“O’Donnell’s richly layered book provides significant glimpses into the many factors that leveled a mighty empire.” Publishers Weekly
“O’Donnell provides a sweeping panorama that includes diverse Christian sects, surprisingly civilized barbarians, and ordinary humans striving to survive in an unstable world.” Booklist

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Author Bio: James J. O’Donnell

Author Bio: James J. O’Donnell

James O’Donnell is a distinguished classicist who has published widely on the history and culture of late antiquity, and the author of Augustine. He was a professor of classics at the University of Pennsylvania for many years, and he has been Provost of Georgetown University since 2002. He is a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and a past president of the American Philological Association. A native of the border region of New Mexico, he graduated from Princeton University and received his PhD from Yale University.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 18.94
Audience: Adult
Language: English