History Books By Topic

Learning About The Roman Empire

This post is for sharing favorite books on the following history topics:

the Roman Republic

the Roman Empire

Socrates, Pythagoras


(For the list of all history topics addressed by this blog, click here.  For books related to earlier, ancient Rome click here.)


From Wikipedia:

  •  The Roman Republic is usually dated from 509 BC through about 27 BC.
  •  The Roman Empire is usually dated from 27 BC through the abdication of the last emperor in 476 AD.  (Wikipedia)


For Elementary Students:
City: A Story of Roman Planning & Construction by David Macaulay. Takes place approx. 25 BC:

Detectives in Togas, by Henry Winterfeld. My 9yo thought that, although there were some “suspenseful” parts, it was “hilarious.”

Cleopatra, by Diane Stanley – gorgeous illustrations and Stanley’s classic style. Cleopatra was born approx. 69 BC in Macedonia.

A Triumph For Flavius, by Caroline D. Snedeker. Takes place approx. 146 BC. Based on the aftermath of the Achaean War:

Galen and the Gateway to Medicine, by Jeanne Bendick. Takes place approx. 129 AD:

Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick. Science history, takes place approx. 287 BC:

Herodotus and the Road to History, by Jeanne Bendick. Takes place approx. 460 BC:

Lysis Goes to the Play, by Caroline D. Snedeker. Takes place approx. 480-406 BC:

Theras and His Town, by Caroline D. Snedeker. Takes place approx. 450 BC. (The Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens – both in Greece – took place from 431 to 404 BC and resulted in the destruction of Athens.)

You Wouldn’t Want to be in Alexander the Great’s Army! by Jacqueline Morley. A comedic yet informative look at this army set in 334-323 BC. This is a series of comical history books for children.

Not a book, this is a huge map published by National Geographic about the Roman Empire. We own it (and several others from this series) and it is a very interesting addition to our studies:



For High School Students:


What are your favorite history books on this topic? Feel free to share with a comment below.


4 thoughts on “Learning About The Roman Empire

  1. This is my list for my high schoolers. We’re in the middle of The Aeneid by Virgil right now. I am posting these in my “part 2” post of Ancient Rome. Some overlap with yours :).

    The Aeneid for Boys and Girls (they read this before the original Aeneid)
    The Aeneid by Virgil
    Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
    Cicero’s The Republic and The Law (2 separate books that I have in one binding)
    St. Anthanaus (Tan Books)
    Lives of the Later Caesars (Penguin Classics)
    Constantine biography
    St. Helen of the Cross (Constantine’s mother)
    The Children’s Plutarch (then maybe the original)
    Horrible Histories: The Rotten Romans
    Lost Civilizations: Ancient Romans
    Understanding People in the Past: The Ancient Romans
    The Human Adventure: Greek and Roman Civilization
    Oxford Profiles: Ancient Romans (especially Constantine and Theodosius the Great)
    Detectives in Togas
    The Spear or The Restless Flame by de Wohl (The Spear is excellent; I haven’t read the other yet)
    Pocket Dictionary of Roman Emperors
    Eusebius: The History of the Church
    The Ancient Romans (by Lassieur)

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