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5.0 out of 5 stars For all those history addicts., 8 Sep 2000
This review is from: Caesar and Christ: 3 (The Story of Civilization) (Hardcover)
One must have a talent to write about history in such vivid and colorful style, being able to give an overview of all aspects of a period - wars, heroes and politicians of the epoch, way of living, arts, medicine, customs, family etc. without becoming dry of language and just merely reciting the widely known. Even if you think you knew a lot about Romans, their origins and culture, you fill find out many new facts (besides the ones they have shown in "Gladiator :)
It is a civilization which was brought to ruins by its own thirst for power, ambitions and vice, but Christianity, to me personally, pales in comparison to its grandeur and achievements... Definitely it is not the book you will gulp overnight, but it will be bringing you many exciting hours of absorbing reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding work of history, 16 Oct 1998
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This review is from: Caesar and Christ: 3 (The Story of Civilization) (Hardcover)
This is the best historical work I have yet seen. Mr. Durant's blends oustanding historical analysis and perspective with literary story-telling skill as well as any other historian I have read. He covers the rise of Rome superbly, but his analysis on Christ and the rise of Christianity is a masterpiece. He approaches the controversial topic of Jesus' historicity carefully and scientifically, with insight that will leave both the discriminating scientist and the pious believer satisfied. This work is several decades old, but it far surpasses the sensationalist, "revisionist" works of today. This is the greatest volume of Durant's excellent series on the history of civilization.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blows away the modern textbook, 15 Dec 2013
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Seeing that we are tied to the same primary sources as historians living 50 years ago, we may as well go for the best prose writer.

Durant's Caesar and Christ is spellbinding and reads as good as Mommsem and Gibbon. They knew the art of writing in those days.

I see that Amazon are selling this book for peanuts. Its worth more in my opinion!
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