Ancient Rome - History
The Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet
Paperback ISBN: 0062317032
A vivid narrative that recreates the life of Gaius Valerius Catullus, Rome’s first modern” poet, and follows a young man’s journey through a world filled with all the indulgences and sexual excesses of the time, from doomed love affairs to shrewd political maneuvering and backstabbing—an accessible, appealing look at one of history’s greatest poets. Born to one of Verona’s leading families, Catullus spent most of his young adulthood in Rome, mingling with the likes of Caesar and Cicero and chronicling his life through his poetry. Famed for his lyrical and subversive voice, his poems about his friends were jocular, often obscenely funny, while those who crossed him found themselves skewered in raunchy verse, sudden objects of hilarity and ridicule. These bawdy poems were disseminated widely throughout Rome. Many of his poems recall his secret longstanding affair with the seductive older Clodia. While Catullus and Clodia made love in the shadows, the whole of Italy was quaking as Caesar, Pompey and Crassus forged a doomed alliance for power. During these tumultuous years, Catullus increasingly turned to darker subject matter, and he finally composed his greatest work of all—a poem about the decoration on a bedspread—which forms the heart of this biography, a work of beauty that will achieve immortality and make Catullus a legend. Catullus’ Bedspread includes an 8-page color insert.
Dying Every Day
Seneca at the Court of Nero
Paperback ISBN: 0307743748
Presents the life of the philosopher, the tutor of Nero, who writes about the philosophical issues and moral dilemmas of his day, as he witnesses Nero become unstable and unleash events which threaten everyone connected to the emperor.
The Storm Before the Storm
The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
Hardcover ISBN: 1610397215
Recreating the turbulent years from 133-80 BCE, the author tells the story of the beginning of the end of the Roman Republic—a tale of the first generation that had to cope with the dangerous new political environment made possible by Rome’s unrivaled domination over the known world—drawing many parallels to present-day America. 30,000 first printing.
The Life of Rome's First Emperor
Paperback ISBN: 0812970586
A sweeping biography of Rome's first emperor follows Augustus Caesar as he transformed the Roman Republic into the world's greatest empire, consolidating and expanding Roman power into every aspect of the known world of his time, and examines his life in the context of the world in which he lived. By the author of Cicero. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
Hardcover ISBN: 0385537840
The follow-up to Rubicon picks up with the murder of Julius Caesar and vividly depicts the intrigue, murder, ambition and treachery of Emperors Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. 35,000 first printing. Illustrations.
How Rome Fell into Tyranny
Hardcover ISBN: 0465093817
The prize-winning historian and author of The Final Pagan Generation offers a revisionist history of the Roman Republic that explains why it transitioned from freedom to autocracy, triggering civil wars and the imperial reign of Augustus. 25,000 first printing.
Confronting the Classics
Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations
Paperback ISBN: 0871408597
An internationally recognized historian takes readers on an eye-opening tour of the Ancient World, shedding new light on the Greek and Roman history, and combines the epic with the everyday, which forces us to reexamine the assumptions we held as gospel.