The Venetians - A New History: from Marco Polo to Casanova-logo

The Venetians - A New History: from Marco Polo to Casanova

Paul Strathern

The Republic of Venice was the first great economic, cultural, and naval power of the modern Western world. After winning the struggle for ascendency in the late 13th century, the Republic enjoyed centuries of unprecedented glory and built a trading empire which at its apogee reached as far afield as China, Syria, and West Africa. This golden period only drew to an end with the Republic's eventual surrender to Napoleon. The Venetians illuminates the character of the Republic during these illustrious years by shining a light on some of the most celebrated personalities of European history-Petrarch, Marco Polo, Galileo, Titian, Vivaldi, and Casanova. Frequently, though, these emblems of the city found themselves at odds with the Venetian authorities, who prized stability above all else, and were notoriously suspicious of any "cult of personality." Was this very tension perhaps the engine for the Republic's unprecedented rise? Rich with biographies of some of the most exalted characters who have ever lived, The Venetians is a refreshing and authoritative new look at the history of the most evocative of city-states.

The Republic of Venice was the first great economic, cultural, and naval power of the modern Western world. After winning the struggle for ascendency in the late 13th century, the Republic enjoyed centuries of unprecedented glory and built a trading empire which at its apogee reached as far afield as China, Syria, and West Africa. This golden period only drew to an end with the Republic's eventual surrender to Napoleon. The Venetians illuminates the character of the Republic during these illustrious years by shining a light on some of the most celebrated personalities of European history-Petrarch, Marco Polo, Galileo, Titian, Vivaldi, and Casanova. Frequently, though, these emblems of the city found themselves at odds with the Venetian authorities, who prized stability above all else, and were notoriously suspicious of any "cult of personality." Was this very tension perhaps the engine for the Republic's unprecedented rise? Rich with biographies of some of the most exalted characters who have ever lived, The Venetians is a refreshing and authoritative new look at the history of the most evocative of city-states.
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Genres:

History

Description:

The Republic of Venice was the first great economic, cultural, and naval power of the modern Western world. After winning the struggle for ascendency in the late 13th century, the Republic enjoyed centuries of unprecedented glory and built a trading empire which at its apogee reached as far afield as China, Syria, and West Africa. This golden period only drew to an end with the Republic's eventual surrender to Napoleon. The Venetians illuminates the character of the Republic during these illustrious years by shining a light on some of the most celebrated personalities of European history-Petrarch, Marco Polo, Galileo, Titian, Vivaldi, and Casanova. Frequently, though, these emblems of the city found themselves at odds with the Venetian authorities, who prized stability above all else, and were notoriously suspicious of any "cult of personality." Was this very tension perhaps the engine for the Republic's unprecedented rise? Rich with biographies of some of the most exalted characters who have ever lived, The Venetians is a refreshing and authoritative new look at the history of the most evocative of city-states.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Derek Perkins

Length:

13h 29m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

05:36


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

40:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

55:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

44:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

49:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

40:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

28:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

36:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

30:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

48:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

39:49


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

23:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

32:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

47:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

41:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

38:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

41:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

31:21