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The Western Classical World


Ancient Rome:

Ancient Herbs, by Marina Heilmeyer.
A delightful survey of forty important plants and herbs of the ancient world, which concentrating primarily on plants used in ancient Greece and Rome.

The Ancient Romans: Their Lives and Their World, by Paul Roberts.
Written for readers ages twelve and up, this lavishly illustrated book provides an engaging introduction to the daily lives of Ancient Romans.

Ancient Rome: Art, Architecture and History, By Ada Gabucci.
This book contains 200 color illustrations covering all aspects of Ancient Roman art, architecture, and history. In addition, the text offers a general overview of the history of Ancient Rome.

Antiquity Recovered: The Legacy of Pompeii and Herculaneum, edited by Victoria C. Gardner Coates and Jon L. Seydl.
Thirteen essays that chronicle how our understanding of Pompeii and Herculaneum have changed over time, and the place these sites hold in popular culture.

Ashen Sky, illustrated by Barry Moser.
The Letters of Pliny the Younger and the Eruption of Vesuvius.

The Assassination of Julius Caesar, by Michael Parenti.
Why did a group of Roman senators gather near Pompey's theater on March 15, 44 B.C., to kill Julius Caesar?

Between Rome and Jerusalem, By Martin Sicker.
In this book, Sicker demonstrates how, and why, Judea played such a large role in Roman Politics, in Rome's expansionist goals, and why it was important that Rome subjugate Judea.

The Colosseum, Edited by Ada Gabucci.
This is an outstanding work that provides a comprehensive overview and history of the Colosseum. It not only looks at its architectural significance and the uses to which it was put, but it also examines the infrastructure and auxiliary personnel needed to run and manage the establishment.

Conspiracy Narratives in Roman History, by Victoria Emma Pagán.
A literary analysis of how conspiracies and counter conspiracies were portrayed in Roman literature and historical accounts.

Daily Life in the Roman City: Rome, Pompeii, and Ostia, by Gregory S. Aldrete.
A concise survey of daily life in the Ancient Roman cities of Rome, Pompeii, and Ostia. Suitable for both high school and college students, as well as general readers.

The End of the Past: Ancient Rome and the Modern West, By Aldo Schiavone.
A compelling narrative on the fall of the Roman Empire.

Eroticism in Pompeii, by Antonio Varone.
In this work, Varone provides an overview of eroticism and sexuality in Pompeii, offering the reader an objective introduction into an often overlooked aspect of Roman history.

Etruscan Civilization: A Cultural History, by Sybille Haynes.
Haynes offers a solid overview of Etruscan civilization, from its earliest Iron age beginnings until after it was fully absorbed by the Romans.

Experiencing Rome: Culture, Identity and Power in the Roman Empire, Edited by Janet Huskinson.
This book contains 12 essays on various aspects of Roman culture and it explores how identity and power were perceived by the ancient Romans.

Gardens of Pompeii, by Annamaria Ciarallo.
In this book, Ciarallo details what plants where native to Pompeii, which were introduced, and what each plant was used for, with special attention given to medicinal plants and those used for dyes.

Gardens of the Roman World, by Patrick Bowe.
An overview of the history, influence, and function of the Roman gardens from imperial palace gardens and sacred gardens to public parks and market gardens.

Gladiators at Pompeii, by Luciana Jacobelli.
A brief overview of the history of gladiatorial competitions, and the men, and women, who competed in them. Special emphasis is given to the gladiators of Pompeii and the material evidence about the spectacles that have been uncovered at Pompeii.

Gods and Heroes in Pompeii, by Ernesto De Carolis.
In this well illustrated book, De Carolis examines the paintings, frescoes, and other pictorial wall decorations uncovered in Pompeii.

Greece! Rome! Monsters!, by John Harris and Illustrated by Calef Brown.
An energetic romp through Ancient Greek and Roman mythology written for young readers.

Greek and Roman Classics: History, Literature, Religion, Philosophy, Compiled by Richard Seltzer.
This CD contains a plethora of texts dealing with the history, literature, religion, and philosophy of ancient Greece, Rome, Babylon, Phoenicia, and Roman Judea.

Houses and Monuments of Pompeii, By Roberto Cassanelli, Pier Luigi Ciapparelli, Enrico Colle, and Massimiliano David.
A reproduction of Le case i monumenti di Pompeii by Fausto and Felice Niccolini, with over 270 color illustrations and commentary.

Jerusalem's Traitor: Josephus, Masada, and the Fall of Judea, by Desmond Seward.
A dynamic biography of Josephus that will fascinate general readers and historians alike.

Jews in a Graeco-Roman World, Edited by Martin Goodman.
Unlike other minority groups which became intertwined with the Roman apparatus, the Jews not only maintained their own cultural identity and practices, but they also left behind written and archeological records of their existence and life under Roman rule. In Jews in a Graeco-Roman World, Goodman, has brought together a series of essays on the topic of Jewish life in the Graeco-Roman world.

Jews in the Mediterranean Diaspora: From Alexander to Trajan, By John M. G. Barclay.
Academic study of Jewish history during the Graeco-Roman period is usually focused on Jewish life in Judea. Often overlooked are the far flung and substantial Jewish communities that were scattered around the Mediterranean. Until recently, if a reader had a desire to study this period of the Jewish diaspora, they quickly found that a basic text on this subject did not exist. This oversight has been corrected with the publication of Jews in the Mediterranean Diaspora.

Julius Caesar: The Life and Times of the People's Dictator, by Luciano Canfora.
A detailed, authoritative, and vibrant biography of Julius Caesar.

Life, Myth, and Art in Ancient Rome, by Tony Allan.
An illustrated, general guidebook to the world of the Ancient Romans - for readers of all ages.

The Lost World of Pompeii, By Colin Amery and Brian Curran Jr.
This is a stunningly illustrated history of the lost world of Pompeii and the ongoing conservation and restoration efforts currently underway.

Ordering Anarchy : Armies and Leaders in Tacitus' Histories, By Rhiannon Ash.
Written by Rhiannon Ash, a classical scholar and latinist, Ordering Anarchy offers an indepth literary analysis of Tacitus' Histories.

Panorama of the Classical World, by Nigel Spivey and Michael Squire.
A general overview of the history of the classical world, arranged thematically. Amply illustrated.

A Pocket Dictionary of Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses, By Richard Woff.
A concise dictionary for young readers, which serves as a brief introduction to Greek and Roman mythology.

A Pocket Dictionary of Roman Emperors, by Paul Roberts.
A collection 27 brief, biographical sketches of a cross-section of Rome's Emperors. Written for children ages twelve and up.

A Profile of Ancient Rome, by Flavio Conti.
A remarkably readable overview of life in Ancient Rome, including details about Rome's culture, economy, architecture, social and religious institutions, and the everyday life of Rome's working class residents.

The Religion of the Etruscans, edited by Nancy Thomson de Grummond and Erika Simon.
Eight essays that detail our current understanding of Etruscan religious beliefs and practices.

The Roman-Jewish Wars and Hebrew Cultural Nationalism, By Moshe Aberbach and David Aberbach.
This book covers two interrelated subjects - the Roman-Jewish wars and the development of Hebrew cultural nationalism. This is accomplished via a discussion the short and long term causes of the three revolts that erupted between the Jews and the Graeco-Romans, which occurred in 66-70, 115-17, and 132-35 C.E.

Roman Syria and the Near East, by Kevin Butcher.
A comprehensive overview of history of the Eastern Roman province of Syria, from 64 BC through the conquest of the area by Arab Muslims some 700 years later.

Rome, by Ada Gabucci.
Volume II in the Dictionaries of Civilization series, this volume provides a detailed overview of Ancient Roman history and culture.

Rome in the East: The Transformation of an Empire, By Warwick Ball.
This book offers the readers a brief glimpse into the exotic world that was once Eastern Rome.

Ruins of Ancient Rome, Edited by Massimiliano David.
The Drawings of French Architects Who Won the Prix de Rome 1786-1924.

Secrets of Pompeii: Everyday Life in Ancient Rome, by Emidio De Albentiis.
This book offers readers a unique glimpse into the world of Pompeii and what life was like for the Ancient Romans that lived there, when the city was buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.

The Splendor of Roman Wall Painting, by Umberto Pappalardo.
Take an amazing tour of twenty-eight Roman villas, as you learn about the magnificent wall paintings that decorate their walls, including their history, how they were created, and what is being done to protect these masterpieces.

Vestal Virgins, Sibyls, and Matrons: Women in Roman Religion, by Sarolta A. Takács.
This book offers an overview of the role that women played in Roman religious practices and public ceremonies, and their contribution to Roman society and history.

Vesuvius A.D. 79. The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum., By Ernesto De Carolis and Giovanni Patricelli.
A detailed historical and geological overview of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.

Wiley's Real Latin: Learning Latin from the Sources, by Robert Maltby and Kenneth Belcher.
An engaging Latin textbook that uses examples and translation exercises taken exclusively from authentic Classical Latin sources written by a range of authors including Caesar, Cicero, Catullus, Livy, Virgil, Horace, Ovid, and many more.

Women and Beauty in Pompeii, by Antonio d'Ambrosio.
This richly illustrated book offers a brief overview of the Pompeian, and by extension, Roman concept of beauty - and the methods by which this beauty was achieved.

Women in Ancient Rome, Edited by Diana E. E. Kleiner and Susan B. Matheson.
Roman women have long been underrepresented in the historical record. Using Roman artifacts and works of art, the Yale University Art Gallery created an exhibition that offered the first comprehensive overview of the lives of Roman women. From this exhibition emerged two extraordinary books: I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome and I Claudia II: Women in Roman Art and Society.

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