The Roman History Reading Group
Reading List for 2008 (revised September 11)
January 2 & 16, February 6 Fortune's Favorites by Colleen McCullough February 20, March 5 & 19 The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon Abridged / Unabridged
Online: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Chapters XXXVI to the end of Volume III
From the sack of Rome by the Vandals to King Arthur, followed by Gibbon's General Observations on the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West.
The second half of Chapter XXXVII and most of Chapter XXXVIII are strictly speaking outside our period. However, after Chapter XXXVIII Gibbon has a section discussing the causes of the fall of the Western Empire.
If there is time left, we might discuss other literature on the Fall of Rome.
March 26 The Ides of March by Thornton Wilder April 2 canceled April 16, May 7 & 21 The Roman Revolution by Ronald Syme June 4 & 18
(plus June 11 optional)
Works by OVID July 2 Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie (watch for paperback issue in March 2008)
(author chat planned)
July 16 Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Robert Harris August Recess September 3 & 17,
The Beginnings of Rome: Italy From the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (Circa 1,000 to 264 B.C.)
by T.J. Cornell (Routledge History of the Ancient World), through Chapter 10
Due to the complexity of the book, it was decided to read only part of it now and continue in 2009.
October 15 The Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem November 5 & 19 Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor by Anthony Everitt December 3 The Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsey Davis December 17 (or 10?) The Sand-Reckoner by Gillian Bradshaw (a novel of Archimedes)