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#1 Roadrunner

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 07:24 PM

If you don't have time to read Gibbons, but want to read good books on Roman history written by modern scholars, what would you read?

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 07:35 PM

"SPQR" by Mary Beard.

 

Also, FWIW, remember the title of Gibbons is "The decline and fall of the roman empire", and only covers the fall of the empire, and not the republic at all.  So, even at a gazillion pages, it isn't even a complete history of Rome.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 03:57 AM

I would not read anything...I would listen to the podcast "The History of Rome" by Mike Duncan.  It's excellent and you can listen while you fold laundry, or in the car while you run errands.   So while technically you may spend more time on it than reading a book, it will feel like less time because you can multitask while listening.   I'm in the middle of it now.  

 

https://itunes.apple...d261654474?mt=2


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 12:45 PM

A second reco here for History of Rome. It is EXCELLENT.

Are you looking for non fiction only? The Eagle of the Ninth series comes to mind as a fantastic fictional series, as does the Caroline Lawrence series (Pirates of Pompeii, Thieves of Ostia, etc.).


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#5 Hunter

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:06 PM

I bought this
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and this
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and this
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And have this in my wishlist
https://www.amazon.c...SCKXPVD8QGZ745G

These are public school Roman history texts meant to be used to supplement Latin instruction.
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#6 Roadrunner

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:20 PM

Yes, I would like non fiction only. We are hitting ancients next year again and I would like one high quality text per civilization in addition to our regular textbook. We aren't fans of historical fiction.
Love the podcast recommendation as well. We could do that while driving.
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#7 Roadrunner

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:26 PM

I bought this
https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1
and this
https://www.amazon.c...C1R3CD931EPY5DY
and this
https://www.amazon.c...5A6XZP6628YEPN4
And have this in my wishlist
https://www.amazon.c...SCKXPVD8QGZ745G

These are public school Roman history texts meant to be used to supplement Latin instruction.


So many great books. So little time. :)
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#8 Hunter

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 06:26 PM

So many great books. So little time. :)


I really like the Original Dysfunctional Family. It is very slim and gets right to the Olympian gods and covers both the Greek and Roman versions. I'm almost all eBook, and most of those free vintage, but this book is a keeper in hardcopy. It nails the Olympians, which is something I like to cover explicitly. To me, the Olympians are part of nonfiction and history.

I have no "truth", but I like to cover the history/mythology of a culture, which to me is all the same. A people's stories they like to tell about themselves, "true" or not. I'd family tree the Olympians before a family/dynasty of kings. :lol:

I like these books as they are meant to be SQUEEZED into a Latin class. There is NO fluff, fat, or whatever you want to call it.
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 06:47 PM

I am a Romanophile.  Hands-down the first book to read is Empires of Trust.  

https://www.amazon.c...empire of trust

 

It is a comparison of America to Rome, and in my opinion the only comparison that is worthwhile.   You get a ton of Roman history and the American comparisons give it a modern context.  

 

 

You said modern scholars, but Livy is amazing.  


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:05 PM

I am a Romanophile. Hands-down the first book to read is Empires of Trust.

https://www.amazon.c...empire of trust

It is a comparison of America to Rome, and in my opinion the only comparison that is worthwhile. You get a ton of Roman history and the American comparisons give it a modern context.


You said modern scholars, but Livy is amazing.

Oh, this is a gem!