When You Can't Stop Thinking About the Roman Empire

Statistically, 95% of librarians only think about the Roman Empire when asked a reference question about it.

Updated September 27, 2023
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Handbook to life in ancient Rome
Adkins, Lesley.
"The rise and fall of the Roman Empire remains a crucial event in the history of Europe and the Near East, yet many reference sources either omit important facts and figures about the period or take them for granted. Now, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome provides full access to the 1,200 years of...
Daughter of Rome
Afshar, Tessa
A woman with a devastating secret. A man bent on proving his worth. A chance encounter that catapults them into the heart of history.
Ancient Rome : the definitive visual history
Aitken-Burt, Laura
Immerse yourself in the history of ancient Rome - from its origins as a small settlement on the Palatine Hill to its peak as an empire reigning over 90 million people, and its tumultuous decline.  Covering more than 1,000 years of history, and an empire that stretched from...
Tiger, tiger
Banks, Lynne Reid
Two tiger cub brothers are seized from their jungle home and taken to Rome. The larger, stronger cub is trained as a fierce killer of gladiators and Christians at the Colosseum. The younger, smaller cub becomes a special gift from the emperor Caesar to his beautiful daughter, Aurelia. This cub's...
The story of the world : history for the classical child. Volume 1, Ancient times, from the earliest nomad to the last Roman emperor.
Bauer, S. Wise.
What terrible secret was buried in Shi Huangdi's tomb? Did nomads like lizard stew? What happened to Anansi the Spider in the Village of the Plantains? And how did a six-year-old become the last emperor of Rome? Told in a straightforward, engaging style that has become...
SPQR : a history of ancient Rome
Beard, Mary
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...
The empire of dreams
Carson, Rae
"Action, adventure, betrayal, and poison add up to a winner." --Booklist New York Times-bestselling author Rae Carson makes a triumphant return to the world of her award-winning Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy in this extraordinary stand-alone novel. Fans of Leigh Bardugo...
Medicus : a novel of the Roman Empire
Downie, Ruth
Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on his luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. His arrival in Deva (more commonly known as Chester, England) does little to improve his mood, and after a straight...
Terra incognita : a novel of the Roman Empire
Downie, Ruth
Army doctor Gaius Petreius Ruso strikes out for the uncivilized borders of Roman Britain in this highly anticipated sequel to Ruth Downie's New York Times bestselling debut. It is spring in the year 118, and Gaius Petreius Ruso has been stationed in the Roman-occupied...
Vita brevis : a crime novel of the Roman Empire
Downie, Ruth
Ruso and Tilla's excitement at arriving in Rome with their new baby daughter is soon dulled by their discovery that the grand facades of polished marble mask an underworld of corrupt landlords and vermin-infested tenements. There are also far too many doctors--some skilled, but others positively...
The rise of Rome : the making of the world's greatest empire
Everitt, Anthony.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE KANSAS CITY STAR From Anthony Everitt, the bestselling author of acclaimed biographies of Cicero, Augustus, and Hadrian, comes a riveting, magisterial account of Rome and its remarkable ascent from an obscure agrarian...
The Confessions of Young Nero
George, Margaret.
The New York Times bestselling and legendary author of Helen of Troy and Elizabeth I now turns her gaze on Emperor Nero, one of the most notorious and misunderstood figures in history. Built on the backs of those who fell before it, Julius Caesar's...
Le Guin, Ursula K.
In a richly imagined, beautiful new novel, an acclaimed writer gives an epic heroine her voice InThe Aeneid, Vergil's hero fights to claim the king's daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to found an empire. Lavinia herself never speaks a word. Now, Ursula K. Le Guin...
Everyday life in the Roman Empire
Hinds, Kathryn
This volume looks at all these aspects of life in the Roman Empire.
Rome : a cultural, visual, and personal history
Hughes, Robert
From Robert Hughes, one of the greatest art and cultural critics of our time, comes a sprawling, comprehensive, and deeply personal history of Rome--as city, as empire, and, crucially, as an origin of Western art and civilization, two subjects about which Hughes has spent his life writing and...
Ancient Rome
James, Simon
Full-color photos. "An excellent glossy catalogue of entertaining information about a civilization of antiquity. Family life, household effects, cosmetics, sports, children's dress and games--all these and more are on display in eye-filling spreads. Either read chronologically or browsed through,...
Mark of the thief
Nielsen, Jennifer A.
When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for...
Daughters of Rome
Quinn, Kate.
A fast-paced historical novel about two women with the power to sway an empire, from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Diamond Eye. A.D. 69. The Roman Empire is up for the taking. Everything will...
Empire : a new history of the world
Strathern, Paul
A dazzling new history of the world told through the ten major empires of human civilization. Eminent historian Paul Strathern opens the story of Empire with the Akkadian civilization, which ruled over a vast expanse of the region of ancient Mesopotamia, then...
The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization
Ward-Perkins, Bryan
Why did Rome fall?Vicious barbarian invasions during the fifth century resulted in the cataclysmic end of the world's most powerful civilization, and a 'dark age' for its conquered peoples. Or did it? The dominant view of this period today is that the 'fall of Rome' was a largely peaceful transition...
The Roman Empire
World Book, Inc. Staff
A brilliantly evocative and educational multi-cultural experience. The superb original photography of specially made model reconstructions brings a powerful graphic style to this dramatic series. Practical role-play and activities, based on the lifestyles of ancient peoples, are combined with a...

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