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History of all Rome

 SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

Ms. Beard takes up Rome’s foundational myth of Romulus and Remus (those abandoned
twins, said to have been suckled by a lactating wolf) and moves us through A.D. 212, when
Emperor Caracalla made the revolutionary declaration that all free inhabitants of the vast
Roman empire, wherever they lived, were now Roman citizens.

 The Oxford History of the Roman World

In less than fifty-three years, Rome subjected most of the known world to its rule. Written
by a team of specialist scholars, this book traces the rise of Rome from its origins as a
cluster of villages to the foundation of the Empire and its consolidation in the first two
centuries CE. It includes chapters on social and political history, the Emperors, art and
architecture, and the works of the leading Roman poets, historians, and philosophers.
Rise of the Roman Republic
 History of the Roman Republic by Klaus Bringmann ( 2006)
This book is chronologically organized, giving the reader a clear sense of the historical
progress and dynamics of Roman republican history, it also offers a coherent and
authoritative overview of the culture, economics, religion and military might of the Roman
empire, presented in an original and stimulating way. Thoroughly referenced and
illustrated throughout, with a wealth of primary sources from great Roman writers such as
Cicero and Plutarch.

 The Fall of Carthage

Fall of the Roman Republic

 Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland
In 49 B.C., the seven hundred fifth year since the founding of Rome, Julius Caesar crossed
a small border river called the Rubicon and plunged Rome into cataclysmic civil war. Tom
Holland’s enthralling account tells the story of Caesar’s generation, witness to the twilight
of the Republic and its bloody transformation into an empire. From Cicero, Spartacus, and
Brutus, to Cleopatra, Virgil, and Augustus, here are some of the most legendary figures in
history brought thrillingly to life
 The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

Rise of the Roman Empire

 The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire by Anthony Everitt
Chronicling the rise of the Roman Republic and its evolution into the Roman Empire. It was
written partly as a response to Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman

 Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar by Tom Holland
Dynasty continues Rubicon's story, opening where that book ended: with the murder
of Julius Caesar. This is the period of the first and perhaps greatest Roman Emperors
and it's a colorful story of rule and ruination, running from the rise of Augustus
through to the death of Nero. Holland's expansive history also has distinct shades of I
Claudius, with five wonderfully vivid (and in three cases, thoroughly depraved)
Emperors—Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero—featured, along with
numerous fascinating secondary characters. Intrigue, murder, naked ambition and
treachery, greed, gluttony, lust, incest, pageantry, decadence—the tale of these five
Caesars continues to cast a mesmerizing spell across the millennia.

 The Roman Empire : Economy, Society and Culture by Peter Garnsey

During the Principate (roughly from 27 BC to AD 235), when the empire reached its
maximum extent, Roman society and culture were radically transformed. But how
was the vast territory of the empire controlled? Did the demands of central
government stimulate economic growth or endanger survival? What forces of
cohesion operated to balance the social and economic inequalities and high mortality
rates? How did the official religion react in the face of the diffusion of alien cults and
the emergence of Christianity?

Fall of Roman Republic

 Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland
 The Roman Revolution
The Roman Revolution is a profound and unconventional treatment of a great theme
– the fall of the Republic and the decline of freedom in Rome between 60 BC and AD
14, and the rise to power of the greatest of the Roman Emperors, Augustus. The
transformation of state and society, the violent transference of power and property,
and the establishment of Augustus’ rule are presented in an unconventional
narrative, which quotes from ancient evidence, refers seldomly to modern
authorities, and states controversial opinions quite openly
The Fall of Rome Empire
 The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

A great work of antiquarianism and beautifully written but it is wildly out of date
 How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower by Adrian Goldsworthy

Probably the best recent treatment of the subject by an excellent writer who traces the
origins of the fall of the Western Empire to the crisis of the third century and the partial
recovery in the fourth century. it gives a good narrative account of crisis in the third
century, the endless power struggles and civil wars that occurred in the third and fourth
centuries and the eventual collapse of the empire in the fifth century.

 The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization by Bryan Ward-Perkins

A more archaeological approach that emphasizes the terribleness of the 'fall' of Rome
(whereas the authors above are inclined to see it as a gradual decline rather than a great
 The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians by Peter Heather

Very balanced and modern but places too much emphasis on the role of the barbarians
and their migrations/invasions rather than the internal rot caused by the civil wars.
Historical figures
Julious Caesar
o Caesar: Life of a Colossus
o Caesar: A Biography
o Caesar Christian Meier, 1995
o Caesar: Politician and Statesman
o Caesar's Civil War: 49–44 BC
o The Civil War by Gaius Julius Caesar
o The Assassination of Julius Caesar
 The Twelve Caesars
 Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
 Augustus: First Emperor of Rome
Exploring the life of the founder of the Roman Empire. To tell the story, Williams turned to
the epistolary novel, a genre that was new to him, transforming and transcending it just as
he did the western in Butcher’s Crossing and the campus novel in Stoner. Augustus is the
final triumph of a writer who has come to be recognized around the world as an American
o I, Claudius
o Claudius the God
o Augustus (Williams novel)
o Masters of Rome
o Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome (2007), a 1000-year novel of the rise of ancient
Rome from its first settlement to the assassination of Julius Caesar.
Spanning a thousand years, and following the shifting fortunes of two families
though the ages, this is the epic saga of Rome, the city and its people.
Weaving history, legend, and new archaeological discoveries into a spellbinding
narrative, critically acclaimed novelist Steven Saylor gives new life to the drama of
the city’s first thousand years ― from the founding of the city by the ill-fated twins
Romulus and Remus, through Rome’s astonishing ascent to become the capitol of
the most powerful empire in history. Roma recounts the tragedy of the hero-traitor
Coriolanus, the capture of the city by the Gauls, the invasion of Hannibal, the bitter
political struggles of the patricians and plebeians, and the ultimate death of Rome’s
republic with the triumph, and assassination, of Julius Caesar.” The story takes
Roman myths and intertwines them with historical facts and fictional characters.
Usually, the protagonist in each chapter is either a fictional character or a historical
figure of whom not much is known, but who comes in contact with major
characters of Roman history and plays a part in crucial historical events.
o Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome (2010) spans several generations with the end
of the reign of Augustus in 14 AD through the reign of Hadrian in 141 AD.
Continuing the saga begun in his New York Times bestselling novel Roma, Steven
Saylor charts the destinies of the aristocratic Pinarius family, from the reign of
Augustus to height of Rome’s empire. The Pinarii, generation after generation, are
witness to greatest empire in the ancient world and of the emperors that ruled
it―from the machinations of Tiberius and the madness of Caligula, to the
decadence of Nero and the golden age of Trajan and Hadrian and more.
Empire is filled with the dramatic, defining moments of the age, including the Great
Fire, the persecution of the Christians, and the astounding opening games of the
Colosseum. But at the novel’s heart are the choices and temptations faced by each
generation of the Pinarii.
Steven Saylor once again brings the ancient world to vivid life in a novel that tells
the story of a city and a people that has endured in the world’s imagination like no