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Best Books on Ancient Rome

Recommendations from 22 articles, Anna Kendrick, Arianna Huffington, Tim Ferriss and 26 others.
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I, Claudius
From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius
Robert Graves - 1989-10-23 (first published in 1934)
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Into the 'autobiography' of Clau-Clau-Claudius, the pitiful stammerer who was destined to become Emperor in spite of himself, Graves packs the everlasting intrigues, the depravity, the bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius, soon to culminate in the deified insanity of Caligula.I, Claudius and its sequel, Claudius...
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A History of Ancient Rome
Mary Beard - 2016-09-06 (first published in 2015)
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In SPQR, an instant classic, Mary Beard narrates the history of Rome "with passion and without technical jargon" and demonstrates how "a slightly shabby Iron Age village" rose to become the "undisputed hegemon of the Mediterranean" (Wall Street Journal). Hailed by critics as animating "the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant...
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The Twelve Caesars
Suetonius - 2014-11-18 (first published in 121)
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The Twelve Caesars--Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian-created an empire which dominated the then known world and influenced it for a millennium. Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely. Suetonius, personal secretary to Emperor Trajan, used the Imperial Arch...
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Tom Holland - 2005-03-07 (first published in 2003)
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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, S...
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A Novel of Ancient Rome
Robert Harris - 2007-08-07 (first published in 2006)
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Ένα κρύο χειμωνιάτικο βράδυ, ο Τίρωνας, έμπιστος γραμματέας ενός Ρωμαίου συγκλητικού, ανοίγει την πόρτα σ' έναν έντρομο ξένο, βάζοντας έτσι σε κίνηση μια σειρά γεγονότων που σπρώχνουν τελικά τον κύριό του σε ένα από τα περιφημότερα δικαστικά δράματα της Ιστορίας. Ο ξένος είναι Σικελός, θύμα του διεφθαρμένου Ρωμαίου κυβερνήτη της Σικελίας Βέρρη. Ο σ...
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The Storm Before the Storm
The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
Mike Duncan - 2018-10-16 (first published in 2017)
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The creator of the award-winning podcast series The History of Rome and Revolutions brings to life the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic. The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. Beginning as a small city-state in centra...
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The Roman Revolution
Ronald Syme - 2002-08-22 (first published in 1939)
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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 ...
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Roman Diary
The Journal of Iliona, A Young Slave (Historical Diaries)
Richard Platt - 2014-04-22 (first published in 2009)
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Relive the drama of the Roman Empire through the eyes of a young Greek slave in this latest installment in an acclaimed historical series.Iliona never imagined that her sea voyage from Greece to Egypt would lead her to Rome. But when her ship is boarded by pirates, that’s where she ends up — as a slave. Separated from her brother, Apollo, Iliona is...
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Pagans and Christians
Robin Lane Fox - 1988-01-01 (first published in 1986)
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The author recreates the world from the second to the fourth century A.D., when the gods of Olympus lost their dominion, and Christianity, with the conversion of Constantine, triumphed in the Mediterranean world....
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The First Man in Rome
Colleen McCullough - 2020-04-07 (first published in 1990)
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With extraordinary narrative power, New York Times bestselling author Colleen McCullough sweeps the reader into a whirlpool of pageantry and passion, bringing to vivid life the most glorious epoch in human history.When the world cowered before the legions of Rome, two extraordinary men dreamed of personal glory: the military genius and wealthy rura...
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David MacAulay - 1983-10-24
Twice Freed by Patricia St. John
The Roman Triumph by Mary Beard
The Thieves of Ostia by Caroline Lawrence
Cicero by Anthony Everitt
Letters from a Stoic by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Emperor by Conn Iggulden
History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Caesar by Adrian Goldsworthy
Under the Eagle by Simon Scarrow
Dynasty by Tom Holland
The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey
The Forgotten Legion by Ben Kane
The Course of Honour by Lindsey Davis
Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit
Pompeii... Buried Alive! by Edith Kunhardt
The Eagle by Rosemary Sutcliff
Ruthless Romans by Terry Deary
Ancient Rome by Simon James
Fun with Roman Numerals by David A. Adler
Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day by Philip Matyszak
Galen and the Gateway to Medicine by Jeanne Bendick
Fire in the East by Harry Sidebottom
Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster
Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld
The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis
Roma by Steven Saylor
The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer
Domina by Guy de la Bédoyère
The Last Assassin by Peter Stothard
Daily Life in Ancient Rome by Jérôme Carcopino