Ancient Rome History
A Jew Among Romans
The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus
Hardcover ISBN: 0307378160
Chronicles the life of the Jewish general-turned-Roman historian while appraising the roles of Jewish immigrants in the Diaspora centuries, covering such topics as Josephus's role as a religious and intellectual prototype and his relationship with the Roman emperor Vespasian.
Antony and Cleopatra
Hardcover ISBN: 030016534x
In a book that is a dual biography, as well as a military history of the era, the author dispels the myths surrounding two of history's most famous lovers, and provides a well-researched, historically accurate account of their exciting lives, putting them into historical context.
Women in Roman Law And Society
Paperback ISBN: 041505902x
Basing her lively analysis on detailed study of literary and epigraphic material, Jane F. Gardner explores the provisions of the Roman laws as they related to women and describes the ways in which the laws affected women throughout their lives.
A History in Seven Sackings
Hardcover ISBN: 1501191098
"Kneale's account is a masterpiece of pacing and suspense. Characters from the city's history spring to life in his hands." —The Sunday Times (London) Novelist and historian Matthew Kneale, a longtime resident of Rome, tells the story of the Eternal City—from the early Roman Republic through the Renaissance and the Reformation to Mussolini and the German occupation in World War Two—through pivotal moments that defined its history. Rome, the Eternal City. It is a hugely popular tourist destination with a rich history, famed for such sites as the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s, and the Vatican. In no other city is history as present as it is in Rome. Today visitors can stand on bridges that Julius Caesar and Cicero crossed; walk around temples in the footsteps of emperors; visit churches from the earliest days of Christianity. This is all the more remarkable considering what the city has endured over the centuries. It has been ravaged by fires, floods, earthquakes, and—most of all—by roving armies. These have invaded repeatedly, from ancient times to as recently as 1943. Many times Romans have shrugged off catastrophe and remade their city anew. Matthew Kneale uses seven of these crisis moments to create a powerful and captivating account of Rome’s extraordinary history. He paints portraits of the city before each assault, describing what it looked like, felt like, smelled like and how Romans, both rich and poor, lived their everyday lives. He shows how the attacks transformed Rome—sometimes for the better. With drama and humor he brings to life the city of Augustus, of Michelangelo and Bernini, of Garibaldi and Mussolini, and of popes both saintly and very worldly. He shows how Rome became the chaotic and wondrous place it is today. Rome: A History in Seven Sackings offers a unique look at a truly remarkable city.
The Death of Caesar
The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination
Paperback ISBN: 1451668813
A professor of both history and classics describes the actual events of March 15, 33 BC, when Julius Caesar was murdered during the Roman civil wars, in comparison to those outlined by William Shakespeare in his famous play.
The Roman History
The Reign of Augustus
Paperback ISBN: 0140444483
Following Rome's long road to peace after decades of civil war, Cassius Dio provides the fullest account of the reign of the first emperor in Books 50 through 60 of his Roman History. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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.
The Legacy of Rome
A New Appraisal
Hardcover ISBN: 0198219172
The achievements of the Roman world have profoundly affected European and world civilization. The original Legacy of Rome, edited by Cyril Bailey, was published in 1923 and has been widely a read and enjoyed. Nearly seventy years on, this new edition, illustrated with 24 pages of plates, offers an entirely fresh assessment of the influence of ancient Rome on the literature, art, culture, thought, and governance of later times. Fourteen contributors from a variety of disciplines each bring their individual knowledge and experience to the subjects discussed. Classical scholars consider the influence of Virgil, Horace, Ovid, pastoral, satire, and rhetoric. Historians assess Rome's impact through the ages, and textual transmission. Art, architecture, law, drama, and language are also individually discussed. The varied approach and content of this new appraisal witness to the richness of the civilization which forms such a large part of our heritage today.
The Complete Roman Emperor
Imperial Life at Court and on Campaign
Hardcover ISBN: 0500251673
Covers every facet of the Roman Emperor and his world--including a day in the life of the emperor, the emperor at war and the history of this intriguing position of power--in a book that includes 200 color and black-and-white illustrations, information boxes and biographies of all 85 Roman emperors.