Ancient Rome

The first man in Rome

Colleen McCullough.

Historical Fiction

With astounding narrative power, Colleen Mccullough--author of the internationally acclaimed #1 bestseller "The Thorn Birds"--sweeps the reader into the whirlpool of pageantry, passion, splendor, chaos and earth-shattering upheaval that was ancient Rome. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

I, Claudius : from the autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, born 10 B.C., murdered and deified A.D. 54

by Robert Graves.

Historical Fiction

Considered an idiot because of his physical infirmities, Claudius survived the intrigues and poisonings of the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, and the Mad Caligula to become emperor in 41 A.D. A masterpiece.


Robert Harris.

Historical Fiction

This latest "New York Times" bestseller by the author of "Archangel" chronicles the suspenseful last days of the legendary ancient city nestled below the slopes of the volcano Mount Vesuvius. "[An] intelligent, engaging historical novel."--"The Washington Post Book World."

The Aeneid of Virgil : a verse translation

by Allen Mandelbaum.

Literary Fiction

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) In dramatic and narrative power, Virgil's "Aeneid" is the equal of its great Homeric predecessors, "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey." It surpasses them, however, in the intense sympathy it displays for its human actors-a sympathy that makes events such as Aeneas's escape from Troy and search for a new homeland, the passion and the death of Dido, the defeat of Turnus, and the founding of Rome among the most memorable in ...


Steven Saylor.

Action/Adventure, Historical Fiction

The tragedy of Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare ; edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine.

Historical Fiction

Folger Shakespeare LibraryThe world's leading center for Shakespeare studiesEach edition includes:• Freshly edited text based on the best earlyprinted version of the play• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play• Scene-by-scene plot summaries• A key to famous lines and phrases• An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language• An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a mod...

The day of the barbarians : the battle that led to the fall of the Roman Empire

Alessandro Barbero ; translated by John Cullen.

History, Nonfiction

On August 9, 378 AD, at Adrianople in the Roman province of Thrace (now western Turkey), the Roman Empire began to fall. Two years earlier, an unforeseen flood of refugees from the East Germanic tribe known as the Goths had arrived at the Empire’s eastern border, seeking admittance. Though usually successful in dealing with barbarian groups, in this instance the Roman authorities failed. Gradually coalesced into an army led by Fritigern, th...

Augustus the life of Rome's first emperor

Anthony Everitt

Biography, History, Nonfiction

He found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. As Rome’s first emperor, Augustus transformed the unruly Republic into the greatest empire the world had ever seen. His consolidation and expansion of Roman power two thousand years ago laid the foundations, for all of Western history to follow. Yet, despite Augustus’s accomplishments, very few biographers have concentrated on the man himself, instead choosing to chronicle the age...

How Rome fell : death of a superpower

Adrian Goldsworthy.

History, Nonfiction

In AD 200, the Roman Empire seemed unassailable. Its vast territory accounted for most of the known world. By the end of the fifth century, Roman rule had vanished in western Europe and much of northern Africa, and only a shrunken Eastern Empire remained. What accounts for this improbable decline? Here, Adrian Goldsworthy applies the scholarship, perspective, and narrative skill that defined his monumental Caesarto address perhaps the greatest of...

Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ

Lew Wallace.

Historical Fiction

One of the most popular American novels of all time, General Lew Wallace's "Ben-Hur" vividly reimagines the mighty Roman Empire and the rise of Christianity. The saga of Judah Ben-Hur's spiritual journey from slavery to vengeance to redemption is both a vivid historical adventure and a powerful story of one man's religious awakening. As Blake Allmendinger writes in his Introduction to this Modern Library Paperback Classic, ""Ben-Hur "has endured ...

Annals ; Histories ; Agricola ; Germania

Tacitus ; translated by Alfred John Church and William Jackson Brodribb ; with an introduction by Robin Lane Fox ; notes revised by Eleanor Cowan.

History, Nonfiction

"Annals and Histories" represents the complete historical works of Tacitus--one of the greatest chroniclers of the Roman Empire--whose writings are presented in a wholly revised and updated translation.

Ship of Rome

John Stack.

Action/Adventure, Historical Fiction

Against a backdrop of the clash of the Roman and Carthaginian empires, the battle for sovereignty takes place on the high seasAtticus, captain of one of the ships of Rome's small, coastal fleet, is from a Greek fishing family. Septimus, legionary commander, reluctantly ordered aboard ship, is from Rome, born into a traditionally army family. It could never be an easy alliance. But the arrival of a hostile fleet, larger, far more skilful and more ...

The complete Pompeii

Joanne Berry.

History, Nonfiction

A gloriously illustrated and comprehensive survey of the most famous ancient site in the world. The dramatic story of Pompeii's destruction has been handed down to us by Roman writers, its paintings and mosaics have astonished visitors since their discovery in the eighteenth century, and its houses and public buildings to this day present a vivid picture of life, disaster, and death in a Roman town. Pompeii is not quite a time capsule, a frozen m...