The Roman History Reading Group

Reading List for 2006 - Revised

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January 4 & 18, February 1 Rome and the Mediterranean: Books XXXI-XLV of the History of Rome from its Foundation (Penguin Classics) by Livy
February 15  & March 1 Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
March 15 & April 5 Sulla the Fortunate by G.P. Baker
April 19 Old Bones by David Wishart
May 3, May 17 & June 7 The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon Abridged / Unabridged
Online: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Chapters I to VII

General geographical and social overview of the Roman Empire – people might want to skip the second half of Chapter I as Gibbon naturally explains the geography in terms of 18th century countries, which can get confusing; a quick whizz through the early history of the empire down to the death of Marcus Aurelius (180); then Gibbon takes us down to the Secular Games (248).

Chapters VIII to XIII

General overviews of the Persian Empire and the Barbarians; then Gibbon takes us down to the abdication and death of Diocletian (313).

Chapters XIV to XVI plus the Vindication of Chapters XV and XVI

From the abdication of Diocletian till Constantine becomes sole emperor (324); the history of Christianity down to its legalisation.

June 21 & July 5 Pride of Carthage by David Anthony Durham
Also available in two digital formats via the above URL.
July 19, September 6 & 20 First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough
October 4 Agricola by Tacitus
October 18 & November 1 Germania by Tacitus
The Barbarians Speak: How the Conquered Peoples Shaped Roman Europe by Peter Wells
November 15

Cancelled

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon Abridged / Unabridged
Online: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Chapters XVII to XXI

Constantine and his family down to Julian's time in Gaul (359); religious controversies. Some people might want to skip Chapter XXI, see below.

December 6 Bearkeeper's Daughter by Gillian Bradshaw
December 13 (note date) Imperial Purple by Gillian Bradshaw

Note: Gibbon chapter descriptions by Bingley.

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