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Carol 1989 Dewey Dec. 937
Mystery religion were any of various secret cults of the Greco-Roman world that offered to individuals religious experiences not provided by the official public religions. They originated in tribal ceremonies that were performed by peoples in many parts of the world. The mystery religions reached their peak of popularity in the first three centuries AD. This book is generally considered the most useful single work in English on the subject.
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The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found – Roman Empire Books PDF
Belknap 2008 Dewey Dec. 937
Destroyed by Vesuvius in 79 CE, the ruins of Pompeii offer the best evidence we have of life in the Roman Empire. But the eruptions are only part of the story. In The Fires of Vesuvius, acclaimed historian Mary Beard makes sense of the remains. She explores what kind of town it was—more like Calcutta or the Costa del Sol?—and what it can tell us about “ordinary” life there. From sex to politics, food to religion, slavery to literacy, Beard offers us the big picture even as she takes us close enough to the past to smell the bad breath and see the intestinal tapeworms of the inhabitants of the lost city.
Belknap 2007 Dewey Dec. 937
It followed every major military victory in ancient Rome: the successful general drove through the streets to the temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline Hill; behind him streamed his raucous soldiers; in front were his most glamorous prisoners, as well as the booty he’d captured, from enemy ships and precious statues to plants and animals from the conquered territory. A radical reexamination of this most extraordinary of ancient ceremonies, this book explores the magnificence of the Roman triumph–but also its darker side.
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Ancient Rome was an imposing city even by modern standards, a sprawling imperial metropolis of more than a million inhabitants, a “mixture of luxury and filth, liberty and exploitation, civic pride and murderous civil war” that served as the seat of power for an empire that spanned from Spain to Syria. Yet how did all this emerge from what was once an insignificant village in central Italy? In S.P.Q.R., world-renowned classicist Mary Beard narrates the unprecedented rise of a civilization that even two thousand years later still shapes many of our most fundamental assumptions about power, citizenship, responsibility, political violence, empire, luxury, and beauty.
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The Complete Pompeii – Free Books on Ancient Rome PDF
Thames & Hudson 2007 Dewey Dec. 937
Pompeii is not quite a time capsule, a frozen moment in history, but it is probably the closest we will ever get to one. This up-to-date new survey draws on evidence produced at the cutting edge of modern archaeological research, revealing how the evidence for life in this city was first uncovered, and how archaeologists over the centuries have unpeeled the layers that enable us to reconstruct Pompeii’s history. A gloriously illustrated and comprehensive survey of the most famous ancient site in the world.
The Mysteries of Mithra : The Definitive Account of a Crucial Historical Moment when a Colorful Oriental Religion Swept Over the Roman Empire
Cumont, Franz V.M.
Dover 1956 Dewey Dec. 937
Mithraism, a mystery religion originating in Persia, spread rapidly through the Roman Empire, and achieved such strength that Europe almost became Mithraic. Dr. Cumont, the world’s’ greatest authority on aspects of classical religions, here discusses the origins of this colourful oriental religion, and its association with the Roman army. Then utilizing fragmentary monuments and texts, he reconstructs the mystery teachings and secret doctrines, the hidden organization and cult of Mithra.
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Caesar’s Wives: Sex, Power, and Politics in the Roman Empire – Roman Empire Books PDF
Free Press 2010 Dewey Dec. 937
Annelise Freisenbruch pulls back the veil on the fascinating women in Rome’s power circles, giving them the chance to speak for themselves for the first time. Freisenbruch brings their personalities vividly to life, from notorious Livia and scandalous Julia to Christian Helena. Starting at the year 30 BC, she takes us into the lives of the women who rose to power over the next five centuries—often amid violence, speculation, and schemes—ending in the fifth century AD.
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How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower – Free Books on Ancient Rome PDF
Goldsworthy, Adrian K.
Yale University 2009 Dewey Dec. 937
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? Ultimately, this is the story of how an empire without a serious rival rotted from within, its rulers and institutions putting short-term ambition and personal survival over the wider good of the state.
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Scribner 1980 Dewey Dec. 937
“At the height of their achievement, between the eighth and fifth centuries B.C., the Etruscans, of west-central Italy, enjoyed a civilization comparable to that of the Greeks or the Romans. But despite the Etruscans’ ready absorption of these cultures and more eastern influences, they attained a true and distinctive originality. Michael Grant takes account of the most recent advances in Etruscology – excavations and research have transformed our knowledge of the Etruscans – and he describes in detail the civilization’s political, economic, cultural, and social developments.” -Book jacket. Etruscan history.
Gruen, Erich S., ed.
Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1970 Dewey Dec. 937
A volume in the publisher’s ‘European Problem Studies’ series. Collected essays.
Contents: The setting: Rome as mistress of Italy: Rome on the brink of expansion, by A. J. Toynbee.–War with Carthage; calculation or accident? Defensive imperialism, by H. H. Scullard. Roman war guilt, by J. H. Thiel. An accidental war, by M. Cary.–Expansion into the Greek world; philhellenism or self-defense? Philhellenism, by T. Mommsen. Plus many more essays.
Oxford Univ 2007
The death of the Roman Empire is one of the perennial mysteries of world history. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Peter Heather proposes a stunning new solution: Centuries of imperialism turned the neighbors Rome called barbarians into an enemy capable of dismantling an Empire that had dominated their lives for so long. A leading authority on the late Roman Empire and on the barbarians, Heather relates the extraordinary story of how Europe’s barbarians, transformed by centuries of contact with Rome on every possible level, eventually pulled the empire apart.
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Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic – Free Books on Ancient Rome PDF
Doubleday 2003 Dewey Dec. 937
“In 49 B.C., the seven hundred fifth year since the founding of Rome, Julius Caesar crossed a small border river called the Rubicon and plunged Rome into cataclysmic civil war. Tom Holland’ s enthralling account tells the story of Caesar’ s generation, witness to the twilight of the Republic and its bloody transformation into an empire. From Cicero, Spartacus, and Brutus, to Cleopatra, Virgil, and Augustus, here are some of the most legendary figures in history brought thrillingly to life. Combining verve and freshness with scrupulous scholarship, “Rubicon “is not only an engrossing history of this pivotal era but a uniquely resonant portrait of a great civilization in all its extremes of self-sacrifice and rivalry, decadence and catastrophe, intrigue, war, and world-shaking ambition.” -Publisher.
Huzar, Eleanor G.
University of Minnesota 1978 Dewey Dec. 937
“In a chronological/topical approach, Professor Huzar recounts the details of Mark Antony’s life and his role in the history of Rome and the Roman Empire. The book serves as an excellent introduction to the shifting alliances, the feuds, and the ambitions of the rival politician/generals who held the fate of the Roman Republic in their hands. As Caesar’s lieutenant, Octavian’s rival, Cicero’s murderer, and Cleopatra’s lover, Antony led an exciting life, and this biography, written in a lively, readable style, reflects the excitement.” -Publisher.
The End of Empire: Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome – Roman Empire Books PDF
Norton 2009 Dewey Dec. 937
“History remembers Attila, the leader of the Huns, as the Romans perceived him: a savage barbarian brutally inflicting terror on whoever crossed his path. Christopher Kelly, a professor of ancient history at Cambridge University, presents quite a different portrait. Drawing on original texts, including the only eyewitness description of Attila and his court, Kelly reveals Attila to be both a master warrior and an astute strategist. His Attila brilliantly exploited the strengths and weaknesses of the Roman Empire, conspiring with a treacherous Roman general, avoiding the assassination plots of a powerful eunuch, and accepting a marriage proposal from the emperor’s sister. A compelling and original exploration of the clash between empire and barbarity, ‘The End of Empire’ challenges our own ideas about imperialism, civilization, terrorists, and superpowers.” -Book cover. Kelly Roman Empire free download or read online.
Johns Hopkins University 1976 Dewey Dec. 937
Seasoned defense analyst Edward N. Luttwak reveals how the Romans were able to combine military strength, diplomacy, and fortifications to effectively respond to changing threats. Rome’s secret was not ceaseless fighting, but comprehensive strategies that unified force, diplomacy, and an immense infrastructure of roads, forts, walls, and barriers. Initially relying on client states to buffer attacks, Rome moved to a permanent frontier defense around 117 CE. Finally, as barbarians began to penetrate the empire, Rome filed large armies in a strategy of “defense-in-depth,” allowing invaders to pierce Rome’s borders.
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Shipley, Graham et al, eds.
Cambridge University 2008
This Guide, with over 1700 entries and 500 illustrations, is a key reference work on both Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, covering all the main branches of ancient literature, art and institutions. In addition, it explores traditionally neglected areas such as dress, housing, minority groups and social relations. Discusses those cultures with which Greeks and Romans exchanged information and culture (e.g., Phoenicians, Celts and Jews) as well as the remote peoples with whom they were in contact (e.g., Persia, China and India).
Oxford University 2005 Dewey Dec. 937
Was the fall of Rome a great catastrophe that cast the West into darkness for centuries to come? Or, as scholars argue today, was there no crisis at all, but simply a peaceful blending of barbarians into Roman culture, an essentially positive transformation? In ‘The Fall of Rome’, eminent historian Bryan Ward-Perkins argues that the “peaceful” theory of Rome’s “transformation” is badly in error. Indeed, he sees the fall of Rome as a time of horror and dislocation that destroyed a great civilization, throwing the inhabitants of the West back to a standard of living typical of prehistoric times.
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Abbott, Frank F.
Scribner’s Sons 1911
“This book deals with the life of the common people, with their language and literature, their occupations and amusements, and with their social, political, and economic conditions. We are interested in the common people of Rome because they made the Roman Empire what it was. They carried the Roman standards to the Euphrates and the Atlantic; they lived abroad as traders, farmers, and soldiers to hold and Romanize the provinces, or they stayed at home, working as carpenters, masons, or bakers, to supply the daily needs of the capital.” -Author’s Preface.
Society and Politics in Ancient Rome: Essays and Sketches – Free Books on Ancient Rome PDF
Abbott, Frank F.
Scribner’s Sons 1909
A collection of papers written by the author over a period of “ten or fifteen years”.
Contents: Municipal Politics in Pompeii – The Story of Two Oligarchies – Women and Public Affairs under the Roman Republic – Roman Women in the Trades and Professions – The Theatre as a Factor in Roman Politics under the Republic – Petronius: A Study in Ancient Realism – A Roman Puritan – Petrarch’s Letters to Cicero – Literature and the Common People of Rome – The Career of a Roman Student – Some Spurious Inscriptions and their Authors – The Evolution of the Modern Forms of the Letters of our Alphabet.
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The Legacy of Rome – Roman Empire Books PDF
Bailey, Cyril, ed.
Essays by various authors on Empire, Administration, Communications and Commerce, Law, Family and Social Life, Religion and Philosophy, Science, Literature, Language, Architecture and Art, Building and Engineering, and Agriculture.
Boak, Arthur E.R.
“This sketch of the History of Rome to 565 A.D. is primarily intended to meet the needs of introductory college courses in Roman History. However, it is hoped that it may also prove of service as a handbook for students of Roman life and literature in general.” -Author’s Preface.
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Botsford, George W.
“This Syllabus, which has arisen from the needs of my own classroom, is offered to the public in the hope that it may prove useful to students of college and university grade in other institutions. Its aim is not to convey information but
to present a scheme for the organization of the facts and ideas essential to a good knowledge of Roman history, whether obtained by lectures or by reading. The books recommended fairly cover the topics ; so that, even without lectures, a student with the Syllabus and a few shelves of books may make himself substantially acquainted with the subject.” -Author’s Preface.
An Economic History of Rome to the End of the Republic – Free Books on Ancient Rome PDF
Johns Hopkins 1920
Contents: Agriculture in early Latium – The early trade of Latium and Etruria – The rise of the peasantry – New lands for old – Roman coinage – The establishment of the plantation – Industry and commerce – The Gracchan Revolution – public finances – The Plebs Urbana – Industry at the end of the Republic – Industry, continued – Capital – Commerce – The laborer – The exhaustion of the soil.
Frank , Tenney
Henry Holt 1923
“This book is intended primarily for general readers who are interested in the political and cultural fortunes of the ancient republic which in so many respects did pioneer work in democratic government… [Our concern is with Rome’s] attempts at developing an effective government while trying to preserve democratic institutions.” – Author’s Preface.
Roman Imperialism – Roman Empire Books PDF
Frank , Tenney
“My purpose in the following pages has been to analyze, so far as the fragmentary sources permit, the precise influences that urged the Roman republic toward territorial expansion… In the days of the early republic the Mediterranean world consisted of hundreds of independent city-states, and in the second century Rome numbered more than a hundred allies in her federation and perhaps as many more states in her circle of ” friends,” while on the periphery were countless semi-barbaric tribes ever ready to serve as catalytic agents of war… One is surprised not at the number of wars Rome fought but at the great number of states with which she lived in peace.” -Author’s Preface.
Halliday, William R.
University Press of Liverpool 1922
This book was written out from “a course of lectures, which were actually delivered as public lectures in our Institute of Archaeology, but were primarily designed for students in the first or second year of study in the Honours School of Classics in Liverpool University. Their aim was to summarise very briefly the character and the historical development of Roman religion up to the death of Augustus.” -Author’s Preface.
Jones, H. Stuart
Putnam’s Sons 1908
Contents: Augustus – The Julio-Claudian dynasty – The year of four emperors – The Flavian dynasty – Nerva, Trajan, and Hadrian – The age of the Antonines – The dynasty of the Severi – The disintegration of the empire – The restoration of imperial unity – Diocletian and Constantine – Epilogue.
John Murray 1896
Contents: Part I: The Republic: Origins of Latin Literature: Early epic and tragedy – Comedy: Plautus and Terence – Early Prose: The Satura, or mixed mode – Lucretius – Lyric poetry: Catullus – Cdicero -Prose of the Ciceronian age.
Part II: The Augustan Age: Virgil – Horace – Propertius and the Elegists – Ovid – Livy – The lesser Augustans.
Part III: The Empire: The Rome of Nero – The silver age – Tacitus – Juvenal, the younger Pliny, Suetonius: Decay of classical Latin – The ‘Elocutio Novella’ – Early Latin Christianity – The fourth century – The beginnings of the Middle Ages.
The Founding of the Roman Empire – Roman Empire Books PDF
Marsh, Frank B.
University of Texas – Austin 1922
Contents: The administrative problem of the Republic – The development of the military system – The supremacy of Pompey – The first Triumvirate – Caesar – The destruction of the Republicans – The triumph of Octavian – The restoration of the Republic – The transformation of the Principate.
A Source Book of Roman History – Free Books on Ancient Rome PDF
Munro, Dana C., ed.
This volume of extracts from original sources was intended for use by students along with a textbook; apparently any of the widely-used introductory textbooks of that time for students of the classics.
Sidgwick & Jackson 1920
Contents: Introduction – The beginnings of Rome – Conquest – The last century of the Republic – Augustus – Augustan Rome – The growth of the Empire – Epilogue.
George Bell & Sons 1891
Vol. 1: The Republican Period, Vol. 2: The Imperial Period.
With 72 plates and 10 illustrations.
Contents: Roman art, its origin and character – Roman architecture – Roman sculpture-1. The Augustan age – Later Roman sculpture (Vespasian to Constantine) – Roman painting and mosaic – Roman gem-engraving and metal-work – Roman fictile work – Roman art in the provinces.
The Religious Experience of the Roman People: From the Earliest Times to the Age of Augustus – Free Books on Ancient Rome PDF
The Gifford Lectures for 1909-10 delivered in Edinburgh University
Warde, Fowler W.
Titles of Lectures: Introductory – On the threshold of religion: survivals – On the threshold of religion: magic – The religion of the family – The calendar of Numa – The divine objects of worship – The deities of the earliest religion: general characteristics – Ritual of the Ius Divinum Ritual – The first arrival of new cults in Rome – Contact of the old and new in religion – The Pontifices and the secularisation of religion – The Augus and the art of divination – The Hannibalic war – After the Hannibalic war – Greek philosophy and Roman religion – Mysticism-ideas of a futre life – Religious feeling in the poems of Virgil – The Augustan revival – Conclusion.