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History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Abridged (00 Edition)
History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Abridged (00 Edition)
by Edward Gibbon
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New abridged edition, with critical introduction, chronology and biographical index. Based on the original three volume Penguin edition.... (read more)

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Cleopatra: A Life
Cleopatra: A Life
by Stacy Schiff
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Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic
Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic
by Tom Holland
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A masterful, witty, brilliantly researched popular history of perhaps the greatest civilization ever and the events and people that led to its transformation from a republic to an empire. On a dark January morning, Julius Caesar, the governor of Gaul... (read more)

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Chronicle of the Roman Emperors: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome
Chronicle of the Roman Emperors: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome
by Chris Scarre
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This is the first book to focus on the succession of rulers of imperial Rome, using timelines and other visual aids throughout. Now no one need be in any doubt as to who built the Colosseum or when Rome was sacked by the Goths: Chronicle of the Roman... (read more)

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Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
by Philip Freeman
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More than two thousand years after his death, Julius Caesar remains one of the great figures of history. He shaped Rome for generations, and his name became a synonym for "emperor" -- not only in Rome but as far away as Germany and Russia. He is best... (read more)

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The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire
The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire
by Anthony Everitt
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE KANSAS CITY STAR From Anthony Everitt, the bestselling author of acclaimed biographies of Cicero, Augustus, and Hadrian, comes a riveting, magisterial account of Rome and its remarkable ascent from an... (read more)

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Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations
Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations
by Martin Goodman
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A magisterial history of the titanic struggle between the Roman and Jewish worlds that led to the destruction of Jerusalem. Martin Goodman—equally renowned in Jewish and in Roman studies—examines this conflict, its causes, and its... (read more)

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Cleopatra: A Life
Cleopatra: A Life
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Rome: Empire of the Eagles, 753 BC - Ad 476
Rome: Empire of the Eagles, 753 BC - Ad 476
by Neil Faulkner
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‘Neil Faulkner's dynamic and provocative new history proves that there is a fresh, exciting new perspective to be found…Compelling.’ History Today   ‘A thrilling and often coruscating fusion of narrative with scholarship. The... (read more)

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Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero
Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero
by James Romm
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James Romm is the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. His... (read more)

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History of the Roman People (5TH 10 - Old Edition)
History of the Roman People (5TH 10 - Old Edition)
by Allen M. Ward
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The Fifth Edition of A History of the Roman People continues to provide a comprehensive analytical survey of Roman history from its prehistoric roots in Italy and the wider Mediterranean world to the dissolution of the Roman Empire in Late Antiquity in A.... (read more)

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The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes and Imperial Pretenders
The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes and Imperial Pretenders
by Peter Heather
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In 476 AD, the last of Rome's emperors, known as "Augustulus," was deposed by a barbarian general, the son of one of Attila the Hun's henchmen. With the imperial vestments dispatched to Constantinople, the curtain fell on the Roman empire in Western... (read more)

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Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome, the Penguin
Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome, the Penguin
by Christopher Scarre
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Traces the Roman Empire's rise and fall, looking at its provinces and cities, trade and economy, armies and frontier defenses; following its foreign wars and internecine struggles; charting its transformation into a Christian theocracy; and assessing its... (read more)

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Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization
Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization
by Richard Miles
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The first full-scale history of Hannibal's Carthage in decades and "a convincing and enthralling narrative." (The Economist ) Drawing on a wealth of new research, archaeologist, historian, and master storyteller Richard Miles resurrects the... (read more)

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Rome's Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar
Rome's Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar
by Rob Goodman
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"Cato, history's most famous foe of authoritarian power, was the pivotal political man of Rome; an inspiration to our Founding Fathers; and a cautionary figure for our times. He loved Roman republicanism, but saw himself as too principled for the mere... (read more)

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Constantine the Emperor
Constantine the Emperor
by D S Potter
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Sociolinguistics deals with the social life of language, language in its sociocultural context. It is a branch of linguistics that looks less at the shape or sound of words--morphology or phonology--and more at how our words and sentences are influenced... (read more)

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The Roman Way
The Roman Way
by Edith Hamilton
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Among these literary guides are Cicero, who left an incomparable collection of letters; Catullus, the quintessential poet of love; Horace, the chronicler of a cruel and materialistic Rome; and the Romantics Virgil, Livy, and Seneca. The story concludes... (read more)

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Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
by Anthony Everitt
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Brilliant, voluble, cranky, a genius of political manipulation but also a true patriot and idealist, Cicero was Rome's most feared politician, one of the greatest lawyers and statesmen of all time. Cicero comes to life in these pages and takes center... (read more)

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Rome: An Empire's Story
Rome: An Empire's Story
by Greg Woolf
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The very idea of empire was created in ancient Rome and even today traces of its monuments, literature, and institutions can be found across Europe, the Near East, and North Africa--and sometimes even further afield. In Rome, historian Greg Woolf... (read more)

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Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
by Anthony Everitt
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“All ages of the world have not produced a greater statesman and philosopher combined.” —John Adams He squared off against Caesar and was friends with young Brutus. He advised the legendary Pompey on his somewhat botched transition from... (read more)

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