Cascoly Books: Ancient History - Roman

Cascoly Books - Ancient History - Roman

  • SPQR
  • The Punic Wars by Adrian Goldsworthy

    Great combination of analysis of tactical detail of Roman and Carthaginian land and naval tactics combined with an impressive command of the strategic landscape across the 3 Punic Wars covering over 200 years. This was the time Rome expanded from its status as a a powerful city state to begin its empire. The individual battles are finely detailed, yet the overall picture isn't lost. This is especially important since these events took place on land and sea with dozens of armies contending in some of the largest battles in the ancient world.

  • Fergus Millar - Roman Near East
  • Masters of Ancient Strategy - David Victor Hanson
  • History of Byzantium - John Julius Norwich Of that Byzantine empire the universal verdict of history is that it constitutes, without a single exception, the most thoroughly base and despicable form that civilization has yet assumed The history of the Empire is a monotonous story of the intrigues of priests, eunuchs and women, of poisonings, of conspiracies, of uniform ingratitude of perpetual fratricides.
  • Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire - Edward Luttwak - The Byzantine empire so greatly outlasted its western counterpart because its rulers were able to adapt strategically to diminished circumstances, by devising new ways of coping with successive enemies. It relied less on military strength and more on persuasion―to recruit allies, dissuade threatening neighbors, and manipulate potential enemies into attacking one another instead. Even when the Byzantines fought―which they often did with great skill―they were less inclined to destroy their enemies than to contain them, for they were aware that today’s enemies could be tomorrow’s allies.
  • Julius Caesar - biographies, fiction & nonfiction
  • The Historical Jesus : The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant - Dominic Crossan

    The Birth of Christianity - Dominic Crossan

  • Fiction

    Steven Saylor's mystery tales of Gordianus the Finder fill in the grittier details of Rome in the days of Cicero, Pompey, Caesar and Spartacus.Excellently researched, often based on actual court documents of the time, Gordianus is not just a Sam Spade in a toga, but a Roman master of the seamier side of the Republic. Read these in concert with the Masters of Rome series

    Gore Vidal's

  • Julian holds up to a re-reading, 40 years later.
  • Creation A panoramic tour of the 5th century B.C.

    Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series of novels is the best re-creation of Roman times I've found. From the time of Maius and Sulla through Julius Caesar

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