Best Books About Ancient Rome
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1 I, Claudius (Claudius, #1)
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2 The First Man in Rome (Mast...
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3 Claudius the God and His Wi...
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4 The Twelve Caesars
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5 The Grass Crown (Masters of...
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6 The Aeneid
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7 Pompeii
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8 Imperium: A Novel of Ancien...
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9 Fortune's Favorites (Master...
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10 Caesar (Masters of Rome, #5)
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11 Roma (Roma, #1)
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12 Caesar's Women (Masters of ...
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13 The Silver Pigs (Marcus Did...
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14 Roman Blood (Roma Sub Rosa,...
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15 Julius Caesar
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16 Memoirs of Hadrian
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17 The October Horse: A Novel ...
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18 The Decline and Fall of the...
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19 Rubicon: The Last Years of ...
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20 Julian
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21 Meditations: A New Translation
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22 Lustrum (Trilogia de Cícero...
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23 Quo Vadis
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24 Antony and Cleopatra (Maste...
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25 Shadows in Bronze (Marcus D...
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26 Antony and Cleopatra
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27 Augustus: The Life of Rome'...
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28 Medicus (Gaius Petreius Rus...
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29 Catilina's Riddle (Roma Sub...
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30 Ben-Hur
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31 Venus in Copper (Marcus Did...
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32 The Early History of Rome: ...
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33 The Iron Hand of Mars (Marc...
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34 The Eagle Of The Ninth
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35 The Fall of the Roman Repub...
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36 The Course of Honor
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37 The Only Good Roman Returns
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38 The Annals of Imperial Rome
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39 Mistress of Rome (The Empre...
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40 Cicero: The Life and Times ...
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41 The Conquest of Gaul
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42 Arms of Nemesis (Roma Sub R...
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43 The Gates of Rome (Emperor,...
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44 Augustus
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45 Under the Eagle (Eagle, #1)
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46 Selected Political Speeches
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47 The Agricola and the Germania
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48 The Satyricon
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49 The Venus Throw (Roma Sub R...
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50 Eagle in the Snow
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51 Caesar: Life of a Colossus
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52 The Death of Kings (Emperor...
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53 The Only Good Roman
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54 The Robe
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55 Empire (Roma, #2)
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56 Cleopatra: A Life
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57 Lives of the Noble Romans
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58 Cleopatra's Daughter
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59 A Murder on the Appian Way ...
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60 Letters from a Stoic
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61 Rubicon (Roma Sub Rosa, #7)
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62 A Voice in the Wind (Mark o...
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63 The Field of Swords (Empero...
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64 The History of Rome, Books ...
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65 Daughters of Rome (The Empr...
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66 Count Belisarius
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67 Lavinia
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68 See Delphi and Die (Marcus ...
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68 The Ides of March
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70 A Mist of Prophecies (Roma ...
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71 History of Rome
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72 Titus Andronicus
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73 Africanus: el hijo del Cóns...
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74 SPQR I: The King's Gambit (...
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75 The Gallic War and Other Wr...
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76 The Eagle's Conquest (Eagle...
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77 The Judgment of Caesar (Rom...
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78 The Twelve Caesars
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79 The Fall of the Roman Empir...
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80 The Letters of the Younger ...
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81 The Triumph of Caesar (Roma...
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82 Coriolanus
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83 The Last Days of Pompeii
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84 Empress of the Seven Hills ...
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85 The House of the Vestals (R...
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86 Spartacus
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87 Last Seen in Massilia (Roma...
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88 How Rome Fell: Death of a S...
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89 Las legiones malditas (Publ...
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90 Marching With Caesar: Conqu...
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91 The Roman
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92 Josephus: The Essential Wri...
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93 Gods and Legions: A Novel o...
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94 Selected Works
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94 The Light Bearer
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96 Makers of Rome: Nine Lives
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97 Terra Incognita (Gaius Petr...
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98 The Dream of Scipio
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99 Rome and Italy: Books VI-X ...
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99 The Gods of War (Emperor, #4)
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You add books to the list at the top of the list, at the tab next to "All Votes."


message 3: by Bridget (new)

Bridget I came here searching for a book a read a long time ago and can't remember the title of - I wonder if anyone can help? It was a historical fiction set in Ancient Rome about a female healer. The detail that really stuck with me was her discovery of aspirin. thanks!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Not familiar with that one, Bridget - you could ask at the group "What's the Name of this Book?"


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Bridget Thanks! Will do - if I find it and reread - and find it worthy - I'll be back :)


message 6: by Michael (new)

Michael Sommers Pressfield's Gates of Fire is about Greece, not Rome.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed: three books that were spammed by the author's author friends.


message 8: by Tom (new)

Tom Some author spam creeping in. Ones by Francis Hagan and ChristineElain Black at position 211, for example.


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Gates of Fire. Good book, but there are no Romans in it.


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