Reading List (Roman Republic)
General Roman History
1. SPQR Beard, Mary. SPQR. https://www.amazon.com/SPQR-History-Anc ... words=spqr Excellent book! A good overview and analysis of Roman history starting at its foundations to the end of the Empire.
2. Cicero: The Life & Times Everitt, A. Cicero: The Life & Times. https://www.amazon.com/Cicero-Times-Rom ... rds=cicero An engaging and good read about Cicero's life. Everitt examines his personal and political life while engaging in good story telling.
3. Gladiators Charles River Editors, (2013). The Roman Gladiators. https://www.amazon.com/Roman-Gladiators ... 94NDM2VT1H
4. Rubicon Holland, T. Rubicon https://www.amazon.com/Rubicon-Last-Yea ... 5PBWSCB1WR A look into the years following Julius Caesar's civil wars and the crossing of the Rubicon.
5. Brutus M. L. Clarke. Marcus Brutus: The Noblest Roman. https://www.amazon.com/Noblest-Roman-Marcus-Reputation-Aspects/dp/0801413931/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470149731&sr=8-1&keywords=marcus+brutus+the+noblest+roman A great (but sometimes dry) read about the life of Marcus Brutus and then an analysis of his reputation throughout the years.
6. Caesar: Life of a Colossus Goldsworthy, Adrian. Caesar: Life of a Colossus. https://www.amazon.com/Caesar-Life-Colossus-Adrian-Goldsworthy-ebook/dp/B0015R3HJS/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470149782&sr=1-4&keywords=julius+caesar
7. Livy. (1971). An Early History of Rome. New York: Penguin Group. m https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00358VHOM/re ... TF8&btkr=1 m A somewhat mythical re-telling of the founding of Rome and the kings, all the way to the very beginning of the Republic.
8. Stark, Freya. (1966). Rome on the Euphrates. New York: John Murray (Publishers) Limited. m https://www.amazon.com/Rome-Euphrates-f ... +Euphrates m . Writing as a traveler, Stark encounters numerous adventures as she pieces together the history of Rome in this region.
9. Claridge, A. (2010). Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press. m https://www.amazon.com/Oxford-Archaeolo ... ical+Guide m . An excellent guide to explore Rome's ancient monuments.
10. Matyszak, P. (2003). Chronicle of the Roman Republic. London: Thames & Hudson, Co. https://www.amazon.com/Chronicle-Roman- ... 0500287635
The history of the monarchy & Republic from Romulus to Octavian.
11. Shotter, D. (2005) The Fall of the Roman Republic. New York: Routledge. https://www.amazon.com/Republic-Lancaster-Pamphlets-Ancient-History-ebook/dp/B000OI16CY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486306072&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Fall+of+the+Roman+Republic+shotter A close review and analysis of the times before Caesar to Augustus, Shotter examines the different circumstances of the fall of the Republic and different reasons as to why it fell in the first place? Where did the decline start? When was the final day of the Republic? It's still up for debate, but I have used this book many times for my own research.
12. Corrigan, K. (2015). Brutus: Caesar’s Assassin. Pen & Sword. https://www.amazon.com/Brutus-Caesars-Assassin-Kirsty-Corrigan/dp/1848847769/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486306039&sr=8-1&keywords=brutus%3A+caesar%27+assassin Once again, a favorite of mine. A little slow in the beginning and one has to have a bit of background information, but she takes a look at Brutus from a slightly different point of view. A biography in the neatest sense - and driest. But absolutely worth it if you want to get to know Brutus more!
1. Daily Life in Ancient Rome Carcopino, J. Daily Life in Ancient Rome. Free download: https://archive.org/details/dailylifeinancie035465mbp Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Daily-Life-Ancie ... 0300101864 A wonderful look into the daily life of the ancient Romans - from barber visits to home life.
2. Gladiators Charles River Editors, (2013). The Roman Gladiators. https://www.amazon.com/Roman-Gladiators-History-Ancient-Warriors/dp/1494211416/ref=pd_sim_14_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=51bvuKhX2IL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR107%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=9N845PCB3S94NDM2VT1H
3. [i] The Satyricon [/i]
Petronius, [i] The Satyricon [/i].
An ancient play with a few good laughs. Not recommended for sensitive or young readers.
4. The Haunted House
Plautus, The Haunted House.
Also an interesting "humorous" play. Not recommended for sensitive or young readers.
Catullus. The Poems of Catullus (Oxford World's Classics). Trans. Guy Lee.
A good book that includes Catullus' most famous poems. Good for a beach read!
Ovid. Metamorphoses. E. J. Kenney & A. D. Melville.
The collection of Ovid's most famous work, he uses mythology to study human behavior.
7. De Rerum Natura
Lucretius. De Rerum Natura
The most famous Epicurean handbook. Lucretius examines everything from love to death and atoms.
8. Beard, Mary. (2014). Laughter in Ancient Rome. California: University of California Press.
m https://www.amazon.com/Laughter-Ancient ... cient+Rome m .
A look into how the Romans made jokes and what they thought was funny.
9. Jones, Peter. (2013). Veni, Vidi, Vici: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Romans But Were Afraid to Ask. London: Atlantic Books.
m https://www.amazon.com/Veni-Vidi-Vici-E ... aid+to+Ask m
A good outline of what the ancient Romans did, ate, fought about, and much more!
10. Butterworth, Alex & Laurence Ray. (2005). Pompeii: The Living City. Great Britian: The Orion Publishing Group.
m https://www.amazon.com/Pompeii-Living-C ... iving+City m .
Archaeological, cultural, and literary sources outline what living in Pompeii was like.
11. Oh, Happy Place! Pompeii in 1000 Graffiti. (2014). (V. Hunink, Trans.) Acquapendente, Italia: Tipografia Ceccarelli S.n.c.
http://www.lafeltrinelli.it/libri/oh-ha ... 0wodvbsASQ
A look at 1000 graffiti written on the walls of Pompeii and compiled into this entertaining book.
12. Orrells, D. (2015). Sex: Antiquity & Its Legacy. New York: L.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
https://www.amazon.com/Sex-Antiquity-Le ... 0195380932
Examining the legacy of ancient traditions, clichés, and poems.
13. Cicero. (2008). Selected Letters. (Walsh, P.G., Trans.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006NTL17I/re ... TF8&btkr=1
A selection of letters from Cicero to his friends, discussing everything from gossip to family life and politics.
14. Falx, Marcus S. & Toner, J. (2014). How to Manage Your Slaves. London: Profile Books, Ltd.
https://www.amazon.com/Manage-Your-Slav ... our+Slaves
A "guide" on how Romans purchased, cared for, and treated their slaves.
15. Newlands, C. (2015). Ovid. London: I. B. Tauris & Co. m https://www.amazon.com/Ovid-Understandi ... 5%29.+Ovid
Newlands compiles and analyzes the works of the famous Roman writer, Ovid.
16. Chrystal, Paul. (2013). Women in Ancient Rome. Gloucestershire: Amberly. https://www.amazon.com/Women-Ancient-Rome-Paul-Chrystal/dp/1445643766/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1486306148&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=crystal%2C+paul.+women+in+ancient+rome
17. Ovid. (1982). The Erotic Poems. Translated by Peter Green. London: Penguin. https://www.amazon.com/Erotic-Poems-Penguin-Classics-Paperback/dp/B00CUEIPXI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486306086&sr=8-1&keywords=ovid+the+erotic+poems The title says it all! It's not the Metamorphoses, but it's probably more fun to read! From seducing to putting on the right amount of perfume, Ovid says it all about the art of love in ancient Rome.
1. Justinian. (1979). The Digest of Roman Law: Theft, Rapine, Damage, & Insult. London: Penguin Books.
https://www.amazon.com/Digest-Roman-Law ... %26+Insult
Justinian's guide to Roman law in the Empire.
2. Connolley, J. (1970). Life of Roman Republicanism. Oxfordshire: Princeton University Press.
An examination of why and how the Republic worked and why its legacy has lasted so long.
3. Riggsby, A. (2010). Roman Law and the Legal World of the Romans. New York: Cambridge University Press.
https://www.amazon.com/Romans-Riggsby-p ... the+Romans
An excellent source for understanding Roman law with topics like marriage, contracts, theft, and property.
4. Sabben-Clare, J. (1971). Caesar and Roman Politics: 60-50 BC. Oxford: Oxford University Press. http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/caesar-and ... 906515945/ A look at how Caesar and his reputation was viewed from his friends and enemies. An analysis of how his reputation grew and fell. Not much commentary, but plenty of ancient writings.
5. Cicero, M. Tullius. (2016). How to Win an Argument. Translated by May, James. Princeton: Princeton University Press. https://www.amazon.com/How-Win-Argument-Ancient-Persuasion/dp/0691164339/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486306099&sr=8-1&keywords=How+to+Win+an+Argument+cicero A fun take on Cicero's writings and the author gives a breakdown on how to win an argument just like Cicero!
1. Brice, Lee L. (2014). Warfare in the Roman Republic: From the Etruscan Wars to the Battle of Actium. California: ABC-CLIO, LLC.
m https://www.amazon.com/Warfare-Roman-Re ... 1610692985 m
An encyclopedia for the basics of all the people, battles, and history you could ask for!
2. D’Amato, R. (2011). Roman Centurions: 753 – 31 BC. New York: Osprey Publishing.
m https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DPPTQUG/re ... TF8&btkr=1 m
A good starting point to the lives of the soldiers, what was expected of a centurion, and their armor.
3. Caesar, Julius. (1996). The Gallic Wars. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
m https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Commentari ... allic+Wars m .
Caesar's commentary on his years in Gaul.
4. Southern, P. (1988). The Roman Army. Glouchestershire: Amberley Publishing. m https://global.oup.com/academic/product ... t&lang=en& m A great book to an in-depth understanding of anything having to do with the Roman army.
Roman Recipes and Food
1. Food & Feasting in Ancient Rome Faas, Patrick. [i]Around the Roman Table: Food and Feasting in Ancient Rome[/i]. https://www.amazon.com/Around-Roman-Table-Feasting-Ancient/dp/0226233472/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470147950&sr=1-2&keywords=food+in+ancient+rome Recipes and a good book on how to eat, cook, grow herbs, and everything in between.
2. Dalby, A. & Grainger, S. (1996). The Classical Cookbook. London: The British Museum Press. m https://www.amazon.com/Classical-Cookbo ... 0892363940 m A good book with (in my opinion), just okay food, but a good source for learning about cooking and eating in Rome.
3. Apicius. (2010). Antica Roma a tavola. Roma: Meravigli. https://www.amazon.com/Antica-Roma-a-tavola/dp/887954103X/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486306112&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=Antica+Roma+a+tavola+apicius What more can I say? The typical, and one of the most famous Roman cookbooks!
I. Helps to Latin Translation at Sight, by Edmund Luce, Eton: Spottiswoode, (1908). Project Gutenberg, (2009). <http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28890>. This text provides a way to understand Latin syntax and translate words based on the readers understanding of English or French.
II. Latin: Prose Composition by Minkova, M. (2009). Introduction to Latin Prose Composition. Mundelein, Illinois USA: Bolchazy-Caeducci Publishers, Inc. 162 pages. Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Latin-Composition-Milena-Minkova/dp/0865166722 This book describes examples of the syntax of Latin sentences, from simple to compound in ten progressive chapters. It can be either read as textbook or used as a reference. It is a good companion to a Latin grammar and dictionary.
III. Hamilton, Edith. (1964). The Roman Way. New York: W. W. Norton & Co. https://www.amazon.com/Roman-Way-Edith-Hamilton/dp/0393310787/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486306124&sr=8-1&keywords=Hamilton%2C+Edith.+the+roman+way It's a classic. Latin translations from Cicero to Catullus! A good advanced/intermediate level of Latin for those looking to translate and have fun! Or a good way for the beginner to translate fun Latin - instead of boring sentences, they are actual writings of Romans!
IV. Bradley's Arnold Latin Prose Composition http://www.politicalavenue.com/10862/The%20Ultimate%20Latin%20Language%20Learning%20Pack/41%20Bradley's%20Arnold%20Latin%20Prose%20Composition.pdf "This frequently reprinted volume is the 'sine qua non' for all who would attempt to write faultless classical Latin Prose. It is impressively detailed."
V. Wheelock's Latin, 6th Edition Revised (The Wheelock's Latin) https://archive.org/details/WheelocksLatin6th A free download of a quintessential Latin textbook.
Cultus Deorum Romanorum
I. Christianity and Classical Culture, by Charles Norris Cochrane https://archive.org/details/christianityclas00incoch or https://catalog.libertyfund.org/classical-studies/christianity-and-classical-culture-paperback-detail.html A pertinent history of that time and an insight to the present ideological battles.
II. Coming Out Christian in the Roman World: How the Followers of Jesus Made a Place in Caesar’s Empire, by Douglas Ryan Boin https://www.amazon.com/Coming-Out-Christian-Roman-World/dp/162040317X "The supposed collapse of Roman civilization as described by Edward Gibbon, swept Rome's old gods away, and with them the structures that sustained Roman society. Boin opens up a wholly new window onto a period we thought we knew. His work is the first to describe how Christians navigated the complex world of social identity in terms of "passing" and "coming out." Many Christians lived in a dynamic middle ground." ... much in the way we live now in a pluralistic culture and as much of an interest to Cultores and other faiths as it is to non-fundamentalist Christians.
III. Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity, by James J. O'Donnell https://www.amazon.com/Pagans-Traditional-Religion-Rise-Christianity/dp/0061845396 " ....the rise of Christianity from the point of view of traditional religion...".
IV. The Final Pagan Generation (Transformation of the Classical Heritage), by Edward J. Watts https://www.amazon.com/Final-Generation-Transformation-Classical-Heritage/dp/0520283708/ref=pd_sbs_14_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=377VZY69J5GPM9R52PM9 Another book on the period of change and the rise of Christianity.
1.Seneca. (1997). On the Shortness of Life. London: The Penguin Group. https://www.amazon.com/Shortness-Life-P ... 0143036327 Seneca delves into the question of what makes a good life and this can serve as a starting point for Stoic philosophy.
2. Seneca. (2010). Six Tragedies. (Emily Wilson, Trans.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://www.amazon.com/Six-Tragedies-Ox ... +Tragedies Tragedies written by Seneca, touching upon various philosophical aspects.
3. Warren, J. (2009). A Cambridge Companion to Epicureanism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/su ... icureanism A good starting point for anyone interested in Epicureanism.
4. The Essential Epicurus. (1993). (O'Conner, E., Trans.). New York: Prometheus Books. m https://www.amazon.com/Essential-Epicur ... %281993%29 m . Many of Epicurus' letters and selections from his works serves as a good starting point to understanding the basics of his philosophy.
1. Harris, R. (2009). Lustrum. London: Random House. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-enter ... 01341.html
A series dedicated to the telling of Cicero's life.
2. Davis, L. (2013). Ides of April. Great Britain: Hodder & Stoughton. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009LRWU7O/re ... TF8&btkr=1
A story about Flavia, who makes a living by being an investigator in a series of crimes.
1. Maiuri, Amedeo. (1954) Pompeii. Roma: Instituto Poligrafico Dello Stato, Liberia Dello Stato. https://www.amazon.com/Pompeii-Excavations-â-œVilla-misteriâ-Antiquarium/dp/B016Q87JNA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1486306135&sr=8-4&keywords=Maiuri%2C+Amedeo+pompeii A wonderful guide to look at Pompeii and the excavations. With lots of interesting pictures, you don't even need to leave the house to get an in-depth view of Pompeii. This is absolutely one of my favorite books about Pompeii and the Vesuvian area.
2. Claridge, A. (1998, 2010). Rome: An Archaeological Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://www.amazon.com/Oxford-Archaeological-Guides-Amanda-Claridge/dp/0199546835/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486306060&sr=8-1&keywords=Rome%3A+An+Archaeological+Guide. A top of the line guide! I used this in my archaeology classes, but I recommend it for everyone-from the traveler to someone who just wants to learn more about Rome. Visit the Forum, Colosseum, aqueducts, Pantheon, and more and get to know the monuments like never before. She talks about everything from the history to even how bricks were made!