Help me learn new things in 2018 – Rome! (What should I read?) – Updated

I’m going to spend February learning about the history of Rome. You’ve already given me some great ideas. I want to post them here, so you can help me prioritize what to read. If you think I’m missing something, please go tell me. I’m opening comments, or you can tweet me.

  1. The Storm Before the Storm by Mike Duncan
  2. The History of Rome: The Republic by Mike Duncan
  3. Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  4. SPQR by Mary Beard
  5. Rome: An Empire’s Story by Greg Woolf
  6. The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians by Peter Heather
  7. The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization by Bryan Ward-Perkins
  8. Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World by Anthony Doerr

Some also suggested Anthony Everitt’s biographies of Cicero, Augustus, Hadrian. What do you all think? Any thoughts on the order?


I updated the list as more recommendations came in. (AC)

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