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(* Can be downloaded from the internet.)


*Cambridge Ancient History, Vol. XI: The High Empire, A.D. 70 – 192, 2nd ed. 2008

*Caesar and Christ, Will Durant



*JSTOR web site: Journal of Roman Studies & others



The World of the Celts, Simon James 

Roman Gaul, J.F. Drinkwater

Roman Gaul and Germany, Anthony King

Ancient Rome, A.M. Liberati & F. Bourbon

Rome, An Oxford Archaeological Guide, Amanda Claridge

Roman Ostia, Russell Meiggs

The Lost World of Pompeii, C. Amery & B. Curran, Jr.

Rome in Africa, Susan Raven

*Ancient Antioch, Glanville Downey

*A History of Antioch in Syria, Glanville Downey

Antioch, the Lost Ancient City, C. Kondoleon

St. Paul’s Ephesus, J. Murphy-O’Connor

Aegean Turkey, George E. Bean

*Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites



Saint Ignatius in Early Christian Writings, Staniforth & Louth

*Trajan, Optimus Princeps, Julian Bennett, Taylor & Francis e-Library 2005

Pliny the Younger Complete Letters, P.G. Walsh

Pliny, Correspondence with Trajan, Wynne Williams

Hadrian, Anthony Everitt



*CAH Vol. XI, Ch. 35: Religion, pg 984 - 1008

*Church History, Eusebius Pamphilius: Philip Schaff, ed

The Rise of Christianity, Rodney Stark

Pagans and Christians, R.L. Fox

Paganism in the Roman Empire, R. MacMullen




*An Economic History of Rome, Tenney Frank

*The Ancient Economy, M.I. Finley

*Cambridge Ancient History, Vol. XI: Ch 24, Trade; Ch 26, Commerce & Finance




Travel in the Ancient World, Lionel Casson

Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World, L. Casson

*Commercial Navigation in the Greek and Roman World, D.L. Davis, Univ. Texas Dissertation 2009

*ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World (online interactive mapping)



Letter Writing

*“It’s in the Post”, Pauline Allen, Trendall Lecture 2005 (click to access her lecture)

“The Speed of the Roman Imperial Post”, Ramsay, The Journal of Roman Studies, Vol. 15 (1925), pp. 60-74



Daily Life & Lifestyles

Life & Leisure in Ancient Rome, J.P.V.D. Balsdon

Roman People, Robert Kebrick

Houses, Villas and Palaces in the Roman World, A.G. McKay



Historical Fiction Favorites

The Grass Crown, Fortune’s Favorites, Caesar’s Women, Caesar, The October Horse, Colleen McCullough,

Warrior of Rome Series: Fire in the East, King of Kings, Lion of the Sun, The Caspian Gates, Wolves of the North, The Amber Road, Harry Sidebottom,

I, Claudius, Robert Graves,

The Silver Chalice, Thomas B. Costain

Quo Vadis?, Henryk Sienkiewicz

Ben-Hur, Lew Wallace

Winter Quarters, Alfred Duggan

Theophilos, Michael D. O’Brien

Rome: HBO miniseries (available on Netflix)

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