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From the city of Pompeii—frozen in time by volcanic ash and lava—to the Colosseum’s famed gladiators—treated like rock stars—ancient Rome had it all: Gods and Goddesses, infamous emperors, crippling warfare, and beautiful art. Spartacus, the famous gladiator and slave, led a revolt against a tyrannical government. Conspirators violently murdered emperor Julius Caesar. Virgil wrote epic poetry, and Jesus of Nazareth was proclaimed the messiah. Learn the stories behind the famous names, all backed by a variety of primary sources. Architectural ruins, ancient texts, and everyday items—like the iron collars used on slaves—show us how ancient Romans really lived. The Ancient Roman World focuses not only on the wars and government problems of the time, but also on the lives of common Romans. This intriguing and well-researched text written by a historian and a children’s author provides a thorough understanding of everything you need to know about ancient Rome’s rise and fall and will transport modern listeners back to the days of the Ceasars.

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  • “Numerous books deal with ancient Rome, but this volume from the World in Ancient Times series has the advantage of being more readable, more complete, and more attractive than most…The book is more accessible than many volumes on the subject; the writing is quite engaging, with plenty of sourced quotations…A promising start to a new series.”


  • “What makes this book accessible is the lively writing…Many quotes from ancient writers also add interest. Chapters on gladiatorial games, business, and class conflict balance other more purely historical sections covering emperors, wars, and conquests.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A professional historian and a YA novelist pair off to kick a wide-angle history of Rome up a notch. The result makes livelier-than-average reading…This will make a solid update or replacement for older conventional surveys.”

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About the Author

Ronald J. Mellor is a distinguished professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. His area of research has been ancient religion and Roman historiography, where he has published a number of books.