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Best Roman History Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Roman History books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (2016)

Best Roman History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfNew York Times Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Wall Street Journal, the Economist,Foreign Affairs, and Kirkus Reviews Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction) Shortlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History) A San Francisco Chronicle Holiday Gift Guide Selection A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice SelectionA sweeping, “magisterial” history of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists shows…
Author(s): Mary Beard

2. The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic (2018)

Best Roman History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe 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 central Italy, Rome gradually expanded into a wider world filled with petty tyrants, barbarian chieftains, and despotic kings. Through the centuries, Rome’s model of cooperative and participatory government remained remarkably durable and unmatched in the…
Author(s): Mike Duncan

3. Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of An Empire (2007)

Best Roman History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfAncient Rome is the story of the greatest empire the world has ever known. Focusing on six turning points in Roman history, Simon Baker’s absorbing narrative charts the rise and fall of a political machine unmatched in its brutality, genius, and lust for power. From the conquest of the Mediterranean in the 3rd century BC to the destruction of the empire at the hands of barbarian invaders 700 years later, we discover the pivotal episodes in Roman history. At the heart of this account are some of the most powerful rulers in history—men like Julius Caesar, Augustus, Nero, and Constantine. Putting…
Author(s): Simon Baker

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics) (2001)

Best Roman History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfEdward Gibbon’s six-volume History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-88) is among the most magnificent and ambitious narratives in European literature. Its subject is the fate of one of the world’s greatest civilizations over thirteen centuries – its rulers, wars and society, and the events that led to its disastrous collapse. Here, in volumes three and four, Gibbon vividly recounts the waves of barbarian invaders under commanders such as Alaric and Attila, who overran and eventually destroyed the West. He then turns his gaze to events in the East,…
Author(s): Edward Gibbon, David P. Womersley

5. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 1 (2013)

Best Roman History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: … of a subject was considered as an insolent invasion of the Imperial prerogative; and it became the duty, as well as interest, of every Roman general, to guard the frontiers intrusted to his care, without aspiring to conquests which might have proved no less fatal to Litnself than to the vanquished barbarians. The only accession which the Roman empire…
Author(s): Edward Gibbon

6. The Holy Roman Empire: A Captivating Guide to the Union of Smaller Kingdoms That Started During the Early Middle Ages and Dissolved During the Napoleonic Wars (2019)

Best Roman History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfBeginning with Charlemagne, the great and educated king who would serve as an inspiration for world leaders from Frederick II to Adolf Hitler, the Holy Roman Empire’s intricate ties with the Roman Catholic Church would provide for plenty of excitement and drama in its early years. However, as the empire staggered through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, it would eventually be forced to declare its allegiance with a new way of thinking: Protestantism. Throughout the story of the Holy Roman Empire, a wealth of fascinating tales from interesting people proliferates. Monks and emperors will clash, poets sing the praises of…
Author(s): Captivating History

7. A History of Roman Art (2015)

Best Roman History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfA History of Roman Art provides a wide-ranging survey of the subject from the founding of Rome to the rule of Rome’s first Christian emperor, Constantine. Incorporating the most up-to-date information available on the topic, this new textbook explores the creation, use, and meaning of art in the Roman world. Steven Tuck is the 2014 recipient of the American Archaeological Association’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award….
Author(s): Steven L. Tuck

8. Roman Britain: A New History (2014)

Best Roman History Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf“Lucid and engaging . . . should take pride of place on the bookshelf of specialists and non-specialists interested in Roman Britain.” ―Minerva This illuminating account of Britain as a Roman province sets the Roman conquest and occupation of the island within the larger context of Romano-British society and how it functioned.The author first outlines events from the Iron Age period immediately preceding the conquest in AD 43 to the emperor Honorius’s advice to the Britons in 410 to fend for themselves. He then tackles the issues facing Britons after the absorption of their culture by an…
Author(s): de la Bédoyère, Guy

9. Roman Art: Romulus to Constantine (2008)

Best Roman History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIdeal for readers who are studying Roman art for the first time, this exceptionally well-illustrated volume explores Roman art in the traditional historical manner€”with a focus on painting, sculpture, architecture, and minor arts. It assumes no prior acquaintance with the classical world, and explains the necessary linguistic, historical, religious, social, and political background needed to fully understand Roman art. The authors present the history of Roman Art from the following time periods: Etruscan Forerunners 100-200 BC.; The Roman Republic 509-27 BC.; Augustus and the Imperial Idea 27 BC-AD 14; The…
Author(s): Nancy H. Ramage, Andrew Ramage

10. A Brief History of the Romans (2013)

Best Roman History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfHow did a single village community in the Italian peninsula eventually become one of the most powerful imperial powers the world has ever known? In A Brief History of the Romans, Second Edition, Mary T. Boatwright, Daniel J. Gargola, Richard J.A. Talbert, and new coauthor Noel Lenski explore this question as they guide students through a comprehensive sweep of Roman history, ranging from the prehistoric settlements to the fall of the empire in 476. Addressing issues that still confront modern states worldwide including warfare, empire building, consensus forging, and political fragmentation the authors also provide glimpses into everyday…
Author(s): Mary T. Boatwright, Daniel J. Gargola, et al.

11. A History of the Roman Republic (2007)

Best Roman History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIn this new and authoritative history of the Roman republic, distinguished historian Klaus Bringmann traces the rise of a small city state near the Tiber estuary into a power that controlled the Italian peninsula and created the final Empire of antiquity, an Empire that was to become both the most enduring in the ancient world and to have the most far-reaching consequences for posterity. Whilst 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…
Author(s): Klaus Bringmann

12. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World (2017)

Best Roman History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFar more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first understand their astounding pasts.  Frankopan realigns…
Author(s): Peter Frankopan

Books shelved as roman-history: SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard, Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland, The Twelve C Discover the best Ancient Roman History in Best Sellers. Find the top 100 most popular items in Amazon Books Best Sellers. * (Textbook) The Romans : From Village to Empire: A History of Rome from Earliest Times to the End of the Western Empire by Mary T. Boatwright (2013) > “The Romans is currently the best textbook on Roman history available in English.” – Walter Sc To my mind, it is just as appropriate for students learning about Roman history, especially as a supplement to a series of context-limited readings-in-translation or textbooks. Instead of telling only such history as can be vouched for as historically accurate, Rose Williams reveals what the Romans wrote about themselves. (2002)

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The Pathologisation of Homosexuality in Fascist Italy: The Case of 'G'

Author(s): Gabriella Romano
Publisher: Springer International Publishing,Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309641

A History of the Roman Equestrian Order

Author(s): Caillan Davenport
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 64 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2319062

The Story of Britain: A History of the Great Ages: From the Romans to the Present

Author(s): Roy Strong
Publisher: Pegasus Books, Year: 2019, Size: 18 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2325345

The Science of Roman History: Biology, Climate, and the Future of the Past

Author(s): Walter Scheidel
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2190948

Pantheon: A New History of Roman Religion

Author(s): Jörg Rüpke
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2196104

Disabilities and the Disabled in the Roman World: A Social and Cultural History

Author(s): Christian Laes
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2266997

The Holy Roman Empire: A Short History

Author(s): Yair Mintzker; Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2290771

History That Shaped the World: 2 books in 1! (Vol. 1): The Roman Empire: The Rise & Fall of The Roman Empire and World War 2: A Concise Guide From Beginning to End

Author(s): History Hour, David Margittai, Rob Farrington
Publisher: Rob Farrington, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2295530

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely hot items according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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