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I absolutely lost my temper with this one. The lectures are not college-level material. It is--quite seriously--aimed at about 6th grade level. If you have a brain anything above average, Tichener treats you like you're stupid. This was MADDENING to listen to, and I quit early on, unable to stand her relentless dumbing-down of Rome's history any longer.
As a business student I didn't have many chances to learn about ancient history. So now that I am out of school, I like to fill in the gaps of my education in other disciplines. (like history) I really enjoyed the journey from the beginning of Rome to the fall of the empire. The first couple lectures explained how Romans lived and their beliefs. By the middle of the lectures it was more of just listing leaders and their battles. I would have been interested to know more about how their lifestyle ...more
This overview of the history of ancient Rome is quite interesting and occasionally entertaining (her description of the Gauls when they came up against Rome early on is a hoot). Listening to Professor Titchener's 14 lectures in this CD set is is a rather painless way to obtain a rudimentary understanding of the history of the Roman Republic and Empire. There are two lectures on each of seven CDs accompanied by a little booklet which contains some an outline of the same information in the lecture ...more
I'm surprised there aren't more favorable reviews of this lecture series. I thought it was excellent. Titchener does a good job laying out events in a logical sequence. She seems to cover only the pertinent information in an even way. She has a knack for explaining complicated principles and she even has a pretty good sense of humor. Overall, I thought the course was very interesting and surprisingly entertaining.