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Ancient Rome—Reading Assignments by Era

    Kingdom of Rome     Early Republic     Punic Wars     Decline of Republic     Age of the Caesars     Height of Empire     Fall of Empire     Rise of Christianity

Kingdom of Rome—753 to 510 B.C.

Founding of Rome to Exile of Tarquins


Level
Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

I
Haaren - Famous Men of Rome   Romulus to Mucius the Left-Handed (7)
I
Guerber - Story of the Romans   The First Settlers to The Twin Gods (26)
II
Macgregor - The Story of Rome   The Lady Roma to The Divine Twins (25)

Supplemental Recommendations

Dalkeith - Stories from Roman History   Of Romulus and Remus to Of Horatius (2)
I,II
Church - Aeneid for Boys and Girls    entire book
Harding - City of the Seven Hills   The Peninsula of Italy to Stories of Mucius and Cloella (6)
Tappan - Story of the Roman People   Legends of the Kings to Tarquinius Trys to Return (3)
II
Morris - Historical Tales - Roman   How Rome Was Founded to The Battle of Lake Regillus (9)
Church - Stories From Livy   Romulus and Numa to Lars Porsenna (7)

Also Recommended

Church - Stories from Ancient Rome   The Beginnings of a State to A Life and Death Struggle (2)
Gould - Children's Plutarch - Romans   The Twins to Why the Romans Bore Pain (3)
Tappan - Old World Hero Stories   How Rome was Founded (1)
Gilman - The Story of Rome   Once Upon a Time to How a Proud King Fell (5)
Kaufman - Young Folks Plutarch   Romulus to Publicola (3)
Abbott - Romulus    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep

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Early Republic—510 to 275 B.C.

Defeat of Tarquin Superbus to Unification of Italy


Level
Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

I
Haaren - Famous Men of Rome   Coriolanus to Appius Claudius Cæcus (6)
I
Guerber - Story of the Romans   A Roman Triumph to The Elephants Routed (19)
II
Macgregor - The Story of Rome   The Tribunes to Pyrrhus is Defeated (25)

Supplemental Recommendations

Dalkeith - Stories from Roman History   Of Caius Marcius Coriolanus (1)
I
Church - Stories from Ancient Rome   A Bloodless Revolution to A Master of Strategy (6)
Harding - City of the Seven Hills   Secession of The Plebeians to The War with Pyrrhus (11)
II
Weston - Plutarch's Lives   Coriolanus (1)
Tappan - Story of the Roman People   How the Plebeians Won Rights to Romans of the Early Republic (3)
II
Morris - Historical Tales - Roman   The Revolt of the People to The Caudine Forks (9)
Church - Stories From Livy   Coriolanus to Passes of Caudium (11)

Also Recommended

Gould - Children's Plutarch - Romans   The Second Founder of Rome to How a Woman Saved Rome (3)
Tappan - Old World Hero Stories   Cincinnatus (1)
Gilman - The Story of Rome   The Roman Runnymede to Rome Overcomes Neighbors (4)
Kaufman - Young Folks Plutarch   Caius Marcius Coriolanus to Camillus (2)

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep

Punic Wars—274 to 146 B.C.

First Punic War to Destruction of Carthage


Level
Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

I
Haaren - Famous Men of Rome   Regulus to Cato the Censor (3)
I
Guerber - Story of the Romans   Ancient Ships to Destruction of Carthage (7)
II
Macgregor - The Story of Rome   Romans Build a Fleet to Destruction of Carthage (28)

Supplemental Recommendations

Dalkeith - Stories from Roman History   Of Hannibal to Of Scipio Aemilianus Africanus (5)
Church - Stories from Ancient Rome   The Beginnings of Empire to The Critical Struggle (cont.) (3)
I
Winlow - Our Little Carthaginian Cousin    entire book
Harding - City of the Seven Hills   Rome and the Carthaginians to Rome Conquers the World (3)
Tappan - Story of the Roman People   Romans Conquer Carthage to Rome Becomes the Capital (2)
II
Morris - Historical Tales - Roman   The Fate of Regulus to The Fate of Carthage (5)
II
Abbott - Hannibal    entire book
Church - Lords of the World    entire book

Also Recommended

Gould - Children's Plutarch - Romans   The Man Who Waited to Cato the Stern (5)
Tappan - Old World Hero Stories   Hannibal (1)
Gilman - The Story of Rome   An African Sirocco to Wars and Conquests (2)
Kaufman - Young Folks Plutarch   Fabius to Aemilius Paulus (6)
Church - The Story of Carthage    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep

Decline of Republic—146 to 60 B.C.

Age of Gracchi to Pompey Defeats Pirates


Level
Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

I
Haaren - Famous Men of Rome   The Gracchi to Pompey the Great (4)
I
Guerber - Story of the Romans   Roman Amusements to Pompey's Conquests (12)
II
Macgregor - The Story of Rome   Cornelia, Mother of Gracchi to Pompey Defeats Mithridates (24)

Supplemental Recommendations

Dalkeith - Stories from Roman History   Of Tiberius Gracchus to Of Pompey the Great (3)
I
Cowles - Our Little Roman Cousin    entire book
Harding - City of the Seven Hills   The Gracchi and their Mother to The Wars of Caius Marius (2)
Tappan - Story of the Roman People   The Rise of Marius to The Rise of Pompey (3)
II
Weston - Plutarch's Lives   The Gracchi to Caius Marius (2)
II
Morris - Historical Tales - Roman   The Gracchi and their Fall to Revolt of the Gladiators (5)
Church - Lucius - A Roman Boy    entire book

Also Recommended

Gould - Children's Plutarch - Romans   The Noble Brothers to The Conqueror of Pirates (7)
Gilman - The Story of Rome   Futile Effort at Reform to Progress of the Pompey (4)
Kaufman - Young Folks Plutarch   Tiberius Gracchus to Pompey (8)

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep

Age of the Caesars—60 B. C. to 14 A.D.

First Triumvirate to Death of Augustus


Level
Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

I
Haaren - Famous Men of Rome   Julius Cæsar to Augustus (3)
I
Guerber - Story of the Romans   Conspiracy of Catiline to Death of Augustus (11)
II
Macgregor - The Story of Rome   Cicero Discovers Conspiracy to Emperor Augustus (23)

Supplemental Recommendations

Dalkeith - Stories from Roman History   Of Julius Caesar: Soldier to Of Julius Caesar: Dead (4)
I
Gould - Children's Plutarch - Romans   Caesar and His Fortune to Caesar's Friend and Enemy (5)
Harding - City of the Seven Hills   Cicero, the Orator to Rome in the Time of Augustus (4)
Tappan - Story of the Roman People   Caesar and Triumvirates to The Reign of Augustus (2)
II
Weston - Plutarch's Lives   Julius Caesar to Brutus (2)
Lansing - Barbarian and Noble   The Story of Drusus (1)
Lansing - Patriots and Tyrants   Three Teuton Boys to Hermann the Deliverer (3)
II
Russell - Julius Caesar    entire book
C
Francis - Augustus Caesar    entire book
Upton - Herman and Thusnelda    entire book
II
Morris - Historical Tales - Roman   Caesar and the Pirates to Antony and Cleopatra (4)
Church - Roman Life and Story   A Child of Fortune to The Empress-Mother (6)
C
Abbott - Cleopatra    entire book
Abbott - Julius Caesar    entire book
Church - In the Days of Cicero    entire book

Also Recommended

Tappan - Old World Hero Stories   Julius Caesar to Augustus and his Age (3)
Gilman - The Story of Rome   Progress of the Pompey to Serious and Gay (6)
Kaufman - Young Folks Plutarch   Cicero to Antony (5)

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep

Height of Empire—14 to 235 A.D.

Reign of Tiberius to Last Severan Emperor


Level
Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

I
Haaren - Famous Men of Rome   Nero to Marcus Aurelius (4)
I
Guerber - Story of the Romans   Varus Avenged to The Senate of Women (22)
II
Church - Roman Life and Story   Death of Germanicus to An Imperial Philosopher (30)

Supplemental Recommendations

Tappan - Story of the Roman People   The Rest of the Caesars to The Five Good Emperors (2)
Harding - City of the Seven Hills   The Empire after Augustus to The Remains of Ancient Rome (2)
Lovell - Stories from the Roman Forum    entire book
II
Church - To the Lions    entire book
I,II
Church - Burning of Rome    entire book
II
Morris - Historical Tales - Roman   An Imperial Monster to Destruction of Pompeii (10)
Church - Last Days of Jerusalem    entire book

Also Recommended

Tappan - Old World Hero Stories   Marcus Aurelius (1)
Baikie - Peeps at Ancient Rome    entire book
Church - The Crown of Pine    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep

Fall of Empire—235 to 565 A.D.

Military Anarchy to Reign of Justinian I


Level
Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Selections

I
Haaren - Famous Men of Rome   Constantine the Great to End of the Western Empire (2)
I
Haaren - Famous Men of the Middle Ages   Alaric the Visigoth to Justinian the Great (8)
I
Guerber - Story of the Romans   The Gigantic Emperor to End of the Western Empire (9)
II
Tappan - Story of the Roman People   From Aurelius to Diocletian to The Last Centuries (3)
II
Morris - Historical Tales - Roman   An Imperial Savage to The Downfall of Rome (4)

Supplemental Recommendations

I
Lansing - Barbarian and Noble   A Roman and a Barbarian to Attila the Scourge of God (4)
II
Bradley - The Goths    entire book
Oman - The Byzantine Empire    entire book
Church - Count of the Saxon Shore    entire book

Also Recommended

Tappan - Old World Hero Stories   Constantine the Great (1)
Tappan - European Hero Stories   Alaric the Visogoth to Theodoric the Ostrogoth (7)

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep

Rise of Christianity—50 to 600 A.D.

Death of Apostles to Gregory the Great


Level
Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Highly Recommended

I, II
Notre Dame - Church - Christian Antiquity    entire book
I
Wolff - Stories of Saints and Martyrs   St. Ignatius of Antioch to St. Gregory the Great (23)
Hodges - Saints and Heroes - I   Athanasius, 296-373 to Gregory the Great, 540-604 (8)
Lang - Book of Saints and Heroes   The First of the Hermits to The Saint on the Pillar (8)
I, II
Church - To the Lions    entire book
Hodges - The Early Church    entire book
II
Church - Last Days of Jerusalem    entire book

Also Recommended

Harding - City of the Seven Hills   The Christians and the Empire (1)
Cresswell - Roses of Martyrdom   St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr to The Promise of St. Dorothea (6)
Notre Dame - Saint Gregory the Great    entire book
Forbes - Life of Benedict    entire book
Morrison - The Jews Under Roman Rule    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep