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Caesar: A Biography
Caesar: A Biography
by Christian Meier
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As politician and diplomat, writer and lover, but above all as a military genius, Julius Caesar is one of the perennially fascinating figures in history—Boswell called him ”the greatest man of any age.” Christian Meiers authoritative and... (read more)

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The sorrows of the ancient Romans :the gladiator and the monster
The sorrows of the ancient Romans :the gladiator and the monster
by Carlin A Barton
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This inquiry into the collective psychology of the ancient Romans speaks not about military conquest, sober law, and practical politics, but about extremes of despair, desire, and envy. Carlin Barton makes us uncomfortably familiar with a society... (read more)

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Way of the Gladiator
Way of the Gladiator
by Daniel Mannix
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"Hail Caesar, we who are about to die salute you!" And die the gladiators did. In a vast marble Colosseum larger than Yankee Stadium, the people of Rome, patrician and commoner, flocked to see gladiators mangled beneath the hoofs and wheels of horses... (read more)

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Galla Placidia: The Last Roman Empress (Women in Antiquity)
Galla Placidia: The Last Roman Empress (Women in Antiquity)
by Hagith Sivan
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The astonishing career of Galla Placidia (c. 390-450) provides valuable reflections on the state of the Roman empire in the fifth century CE. In an age when emperors, like Galla's two brothers, Arcadius (395-408) and Honorius (395-423), and nephew... (read more)

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Volume 1 (Penguin Classics)
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Volume 1 (Penguin Classics)
by Edward Gibbon
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Gibbon's "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" (the first volume was originally published in 1776), is one of the most famous texts in the English language. David Womersley's annotated edition returns to manuscript and original... (read more)

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History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 2 (94 Edition)
History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 2 (94 Edition)
by Edward (ed.) Gibbon
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Gibbon's "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" (the second and third volumes were originally published in 1781), is one of the most famous texts in the English language. David Womersley's annotated edition returns to manuscript and... (read more)

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Literary Texts and the Roman Historian (Approaching the Ancient World)
Literary Texts and the Roman Historian (Approaching the Ancient World)
by D Potter
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This book explores literary texts of the Roman empire to offer a depiction of actual events and the ways in which these texts were created, disseminated and read. Just as the literary remains of the Roman empire are extraordinarily varied, so too are the... (read more)

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The Romans: From Village to Empire: A History of Rome from Earliest Times to the End of the Western Empire
The Romans: From Village to Empire: A History of Rome from Earliest Times to the End of the Western Empire
by Mary Boatwright
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"The Romans is currently the best textbook on Roman history available in English."--Walter Scheidel, Stanford University How did a single village community in the Italian peninsula eventually become one of the most powerful imperial powers the world has... (read more)

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Ghosts of Cannae (10 Edition)
Ghosts of Cannae (10 Edition)
by Robert L. O'connell
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A stirring account of the most influential battle in history   For millennia, Carthage’s triumph over Rome at Cannae in 216 B.C. has inspired reverence and awe. It was the battle that countless armies tried to imitate, most notably in World... (read more)

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Augustus (Roman Imperial Biographies)
Augustus (Roman Imperial Biographies)
by Pat Southern
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Despite his talent for self-promotion, the character of the emperor Augustus is rarely revealed and as such makes this biography unique in its presentation of Augustus the man. Pat Southern chronologically traces the life, works and times of the emperor,... (read more)

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A History of the Roman World 753 to 146 BC
A History of the Roman World 753 to 146 BC
by H H Scullard
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This definitive study from the author of From the Gracchi to Nero, examines the period from the foundation of Rome to the fall of Carthage. An accessible introduction to these centuries of change, this book will also be useful as context for those... (read more)

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Antony and Cleopatra: The Doomed Love Affair That United Ancient Rome and Egypt
Antony and Cleopatra: The Doomed Love Affair That United Ancient Rome and Egypt
by Patricia Southern
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The story of one of the most compelling love affairs ever. Amazingly this is the first biography of Antony and Cleopatra a love story of which is emblazoned in the public mind by Shakespeare. The immortal lovers of novels, plays and films, Antony and... (read more)

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Cleopatra: A Life
Cleopatra: A Life
by Stacy Schiff
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I'm rather sure that all three of Stacy Schiff's previous works have been nominated for some award or another. With a pedigree like that, you know that her latest biography is bound to be a must-read. Stripping away all the previous misconceptions about... (read more)

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The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca
The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca
by Emily Wilson
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By any measure, Seneca (?4-65AD) is one of the most significant figures in both Roman literature and ancient philosophy. His writings are voluminous and diverse, ranging from satire to disturbing, violent tragedies, from metaphysical theory to moral and... (read more)

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Swords Against the Senate: The Rise of the Roman Army and the Fall of the Republic
Swords Against the Senate: The Rise of the Roman Army and the Fall of the Republic
by Erik Hildinger
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After Rome defeated its age-old enemy, Carthage, it was the undisputed ruler of a vast empire.Yet, at the heart of the Roman Republic was a peculiar flaw: an uneradicable tension between the aristocracy and the plebians, and each regarded themselves as... (read more)

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Hannibal: Enemy of Rome
Hannibal: Enemy of Rome
by Leonard Cottrell
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In the year 216 B.C., Hannibal of Carthage, faced with an opposing Roman army twice the size of his own, outwitted the enemy at Cannae by means of a strategy which has become a classic of its kind. As a result of his famous ”double pincer”... (read more)

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Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable 14th Legion
Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable 14th Legion
by Stephen Dando Collins
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The 14th Gemina Martia Victrix Legion was the most celebrated unit of the early Roman Empire–a force that had been wiped out under Julius Caesar, reformed, and almost wiped out again. After participating in the a.d. 43 invasion of Britain, the 14th... (read more)

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Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day
Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day
by Philip Matyszak
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"History buffs (or, indeed, anyone with a vivid imagination) will enjoy this witty and erudite—and most unusual—travel guide."—Chicago Tribune This entertaining guide provides all the information a tourist needs for a journey back in time... (read more)

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History of the Later Roman Empire, Vol. 2
History of the Later Roman Empire, Vol. 2
by John B Bury
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Volume 2 of classic history. One of the world's foremost historians chronicles the major forces and events in the history of the Western and Byzantine Empires from the death of Theodosius (A.D. 395) to the death of Justinian (A.D. 565). "An important and... (read more)

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Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra
by Adrian Keith Goldsworthy
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In this remarkable dual biography of the two great lovers of antiquity, preeminent historian Adrian Goldsworthy goes beyond myth and romance to create a nuanced and historically acute portrayal of his subjects, set against the political backdrop of their... (read more)

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