Ancient Rome

Concordia Beata: A Novel of Ancient Rome

by Michael J. Reamy

A year past the midpoint of his reign, Tiberius withdraws from Rome and, in spite of living another 11 years, never returns. Why would the ruler of the Mediterranean world abandon the seat of his power, the most resplendent and cosmopolitan city of the time, in exchange for seclusion on the small island of Capri off the Italian coast? In A.D. 24, a young noblewoman dies under mysterious circumstances. Lucius Calpurnius Piso, a close friend of Tiberius, is charged with uncovering the truth. His investigation touches upon the illegal practice of magic, rivalries among the nobility, the idealism of a young woman, and the interaction between individuals of different social classes. Interwoven in the story are the complicated relationships he shares with members of his own family. Piso uncovers a conspiracy. He also acquires an awareness of the corrosive effect ‘the burdens of empire’ are having upon Tiberius’ personality and of a sinister force exploiting that corrosion. The story intertwines public affairs of state with personal, intimate relationships in a vivid portrayal of the political and social context of the time.

The Roman Colosseum: The story of the world’s most famous stadium and its deadly games

by Elizabeth Mann

The Roman Colosseum was the work of a brilliant and energetic civilization. The Roman Colosseum was the work of a cruel and brutal civilization. Both are true! The Roman Colosseum was one of the most extraordinary buildings in the ancient world, a work of engineering genius whose design is imitated every time a modern stadium is built. Yet, what went on inside this building is difficult to comprehend. Over the centuries, tens of thousands of slaves, prisoners of war, and criminals were slaughtered in the Colosseum for the entertainment of over 50,000 cheering fans. So many animals were destroyed in gruesome “hunts” staged in the arena that entire species disappeared from the Roman colonies of North Africa. The Roman Colosseum interweaves the impressive story of the construction of this remarkable building and the sobering tale of the “games” that went on inside it. In doing so, it reveals an entire civilization in all its genius and its brutality.

Vacation Under the Volcano (Magic Tree House, No. 13)

by Mary Pope Osborne

Ages 6-9. Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House! Who wants to vacation next to a volcano? Jack and Annie are about to find out when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of the Roman Empire. They arrive in Pompeii and soon discover that it is the very day the city will be destroyed. Now Jack and Annie must race against time to find an ancient library before it is buried in ash!

Pompeii…Buried Alive! (Step into Reading)

by Edith Kunhardt Davis

The drama of natural disasters provides prime material to entice young independent readers. In this volume for ages 6-8, the account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius describes village life 2,000 years ago, the eruption itself and its aftermath, and the excitement when the buried town is rediscovered centuries later. A lively and factual glimpse of a devastating moment in history, in an accessible, attractive package.

The Blood of Gods

by Conn Iggulden

A nation is in mourning. Rome’s great hero Julius Caesar has been brutally murdered by his most trusted allies. But revenge will be bloody. While these self-appointed Liberatores seek refuge in the senate, they have underestimated one man: Caesar’s adopted son Octavian, a man whose name will echo through history as Augustus Caesar. Uniting with his great rival Mark Antony, Octavian will stop at nothing to seek retribution from the traitors and avenge his father’s death. His greatest hatred is reserved for Brutus, Caesar’s childhood friend and greatest ally, now leader of the conspirators. As the people take to the streets of Rome, the Liberatores must face their fate. Some flee the city; others will not escape mob justice. Not a single one will die a natural death. And the reckoning will come for Brutus on the sweeping battlefield at Philippi.