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The fate of Rome: climate, disease, and the end of an empire (ITK audio)
Par Kyle Harper. 2017
The Fate of Rome is the first book to examine the catastrophic role that climate change and infectious diseases played…in the collapse of Rome's power -- a story of nature's triumph over human ambition. Interweaving a grand historical narrative with cutting-edge climate science and genetic discoveries, Kyle Harper traces how the fate of Rome was decided not just by emperors, soldiers, and barbarians but also by volcanic eruptions, solar cycles, climate instability, and devastating viruses and bacteria. He takes readers from Rome's pinnacle in the second century, when the empire seemed an invincible superpower, to its unraveling by the seventh century, when Rome was politically fragmented and materially depleted. Harper describes how the Romans were resilient in the face of enormous environmental stress, until the besieged empire could no longer withstand the combined challenges of a "little ice age" and recurrent outbreaks of bubonic plague. A poignant reflection on humanity's intimate relationship with the environment, The Fate of Rome provides a sweeping account of how one of history's greatest civilizations encountered, endured, yet ultimately succumbed to the cumulative burden of nature's violence. 2017.
Par Michael Grant. 1980
Author reviews the latest scholarly thinking about the Bronze Age origins and subsequent development of civilization in Etruria. A major…section of the book deals with the geographical and cultural history of the major Etruscan city-states and their territories at the height of their power. 1980.
The holy blood and the holy grail
Par Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln. 1982
Three BBC filmmakers offer a controversial and unorthodox view of the life of Christ, based on cryptic documents discovered by…a French priest in 1891. The authors infer that Jesus married Mary Magdalen and fathered children whose descendents became European royalty, and that the bloodline of Jesus, in the Merovingian dynasty of France, continues to the present. Bestseller 1982.
The history of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire: Volume 3
Par Edward Gibbon. 2008
A major literary achievement of the 18th century published in six volumes. Volume I was published in 1776; Volumes II…and III were published in 1781; volumes IV, V, VI in 1788-89. The books cover the period of the Roman Empire after Marcus Aurelius, from just before 180 to 1453 and beyond, concluding in 1590. They take as their material the behaviour and decisions that led to the decay and eventual fall of the Roman Empire in the East and West, offering an explanation for why the Roman Empire fell. Volume 3 contains chapters 27 to 38. 2008.
The history of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire: volume the first (1776) and volume the second (1781)
Par Edward Gibbon, David Womersley. 2005
Edward Gibbon's six-volume History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-88) is among the great narratives in…European literature. Its subject is the fate of one of the world's greatest civilizations over thirteen centuries - its rulers, wars and society, and the events that led to its disastrous collapse. Here, in volumes one and two, Gibbon charts the vast extent and constitution of the Empire from the reign of Augustus to 395 A.D. And in a controversial critique, he examines the early Church, with accounts of the first Christian and last pagan emperors, Constantine and Julian. 2005. If you request this book on CD it will be on 2 or more CDs. You must play the first CD to the end before playing the next CD.
The destruction of Jerusalem: Excerpts
Par Flavius Josephus. 1992
The civil war: 50-48 BC
Par Julius Caesar. 1989
The Dead Sea scrolls deception: The Explosive Contents Of The Dead Sea Scrolls And How The Church Conspired To Suppress Them
Par Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh. 1991
The curse of King Tut's mummy (Stepping stones. True stories)
Par Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld. 2007
When the pharaohs of Egypt died, they were mummified and buried in pyramids and tombs with all their riches. But…as centuries passed, the tombs were looted and the pharaohs' gold stolen. Then Howard Carter found the greatest Egyptian treasure trove of all - the tomb of King Tut's mummy! But did the amazing treasure come with a deadly curse? Grades 2-4. 2007.
The annals of Tacitus: Excerpts
Par Cornelius Tacitus. 1992
Roman politician’s classic history of Rome from A.D. 14 when Tiberius became emperor to A.D. 68 when Nero committed suicide.…Describes corruption, scandals, wars, poisonings, and murders that were part of imperial life. 1992. Uniform title: Annales.
Ten thousand scorpions: the search for the Queen of Sheba's gold
Par Larry Frolick. 2002
In 1996, a geology team was looking for gold deposits in the remote Yemeni desert when they stumbled upon ancient…mine tunnels. Were these primitive Iron Age ruins the source of the Queen of Sheba's gold? Larry Frolick travelled into the desert, from Yemen to the Highlands of Ethiopia, where the ruins of the great port city of Ephesus now lie inland, and finally deep in the heart of Sheba's mystery. 2002.
Tales mummies tell
Par Patricia Lauber. 1985
Discusses the human mummies of Egypt and how they were preserved, the discovery of a frozen mammoth in Siberia and…the mummies of Peru. For junior and senior high readers. 1985.
SPQR: a history of ancient Rome
Par Mary Beard. 2015
Beard explores ancient Rome and how its citizens adapted the notion of imperial rule, invented the concepts of citizenship and…nation, and made laws about those traditionally overlooked in history, including women, slaves, and criminals. Bestseller. 2015.
Stonehenge: Neolithic man and the cosmos
Par John David North. 1996
There have been many attempts to explain the purpose of Stonehenge. Using archaeological detail and a knowledge of the heavens…as they were many millennia ago, the author establishes the function of the stones themselves and what can be known of the religion that caused them to be erected. 1996.
Secrets of the mummies: uncovering the bodies of ancient Egyptians (An I was there book)
Par Shelley Tanaka, Peter Brand. 1999
Four mummies, from a mighty pharaoh to a poor weaver, are studied scientifically to reveal the lives and times of…these three-thousand-year-old people. Also describes embalming and mummification, life in ancient Egypt, and the scientific techniques now used to study mummies. Grades 3-6. 1999.
Secrets of lost empires: reconstructing the glories of ages past
Par Michael Barnes. 1996
Tying in with a BBC2 television series, this book records attempts to solve the mysteries which surround the construction of…some of the world's great archaeological treasures, without the help of modern technology. The building of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Coliseum of Ancient Rome and Stonehenge are examined. 1996.
Secrets of the Great Pyramid
Par Peter Tompkins, Livio Catullo Stecchini. 1971
Describes the adventures and discoveries of those who have investigated the mystery of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Tompkins analyzes…the history of the Great Pyramid and argues that it is not simply a tomb. He also discusses the questions of who built the pyramid, how they did it, and other theories about the pyramid. 1978, c1971.
Rubicon: the triumph and tragedy of the Roman Republic
Par Tom Holland. 2004
Rubicon paints a vivid portrait of the Republic at the climax of its greatness which would herald the catastrophe of…its fall. It is a story of incomparable drama. This was the century of Julius Caesar, the gambler whose addiction to glory led him to the banks of the Rubicon, and beyond; of Cicero, whose defence of freedom would make him a byword for eloquence; of Spartacus, the slave who dared to challenge a superpower; of Cleopatra, the queen who did the same. This text brings to life this strange and unsettling civilization, with its extremes of ambition and self-sacrifice, bloodshed and desire. 2004.
Rome, the biography of a city: The Biography Of A City
Par Christopher Hibbert. 1985
Rome's often bloody history unfolds as a pageant of patrons and parasites, saints and tyrants, poets and warriors. Reveals the…influence of Greek customs, gods and art on life in Imperial Rome. 1985.
Romans (History in a hurry. #6.)
Par John Farman. 1998