Resources on Ancient Rome

Rome is among the most heavily studied of the ancient cultures, due to its dominance and longevity. The amount of research material available is staggering, and there are still thousands of documents still untranslated. With the advent of the World Wide Web, more and more materials are becoming available to the public. This web page has gathered many of the more popular sources for research and general interest on Rome. If you would like to suggest any additional resources, or to report a broken link, please send comments to Webmaster.

Classical Sources

The sheer volume of classical sources available is truly staggering. These sources are the source of the vast majority of our knowledge. This list is by no means all-inclusive, but it should provide a reasonable beginning. Where possible, I have included a link to sources that can be found on the Net. Special thanks to the Perseus Project, hosted by MIT, for their extensive list of classical works.

De Bello Gallico by Julius Caesar     Bellum Civile by Julius Caesar
The Annals by Tacitus     The Histories by Tacitus
The Twelve Caesars by Seutonius     De Amicitia by Cicero
Against Cataline by Marcus Cicero     Metamorphoses by Ovid
The Deeds of the Divine Augustus by Augustus     Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Plutarch's Lives by Plutarch     Strategems by Frontinius
Moral Essays by Seneca     The Aeneid by Virgil

Contemporary Sources

The term "contemporary sources" is, of course, relative, for some of the best works were written by the "Great Old Germans" such as Delbruck and Mommsen. There are too many excellent works to list more than a smattering, but the list below is an excellent beginning:

Hannibal's War by JF Lazenby    A History of the Roman World by H.H. Scullard    The Jews in the Roman World by Michael Grant
The Punic Wars by Adrian Goldsworthy    The Roman Army at War 100 BC-AD 200 by Adrian Goldsworthy    Warfare in Antiquity by Hans Delbruck
Scipio Africanus: Greater Than Napoleon by B.H. Liddel Hart    The History of Rome by Theodor Mommsen    Roman Warfare by Adrian Goldsworthy
Scipio Africanus in the Second Punic War by H.H. Scullard    The Army of the Caesars by Michael Grant    The Imperial Roman Army by Yann Le Bohec
The Roman Imperial Army by Graham Webster    The Making of the Roman Army by Lawrence Keppie    The Roman Emperors by Michael Grant
Warriors of Rome by Michael Simkins    Julius Caesar by J.F.C. Fuller    Hannibal: Enemy of Rome by Leonard Cottrell
Hannibal: Enemy of Rome by Leonard Cottrell    The Roman Cavalry by Karen R. Dixon & Pat Southern     

Online Resources

The amount of online resources available is staggering. There are literally thousands of websites available, ranging from serious scholarly sites hosted by colleges and universities, to Roman reconstruction sites, to personal sites hosted by the casual fanatic. Here are some of my personal favorites:

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