Basic Bibliography on Ancient Rome and Roman Portraiture

Integrating Local Resources in to the Classroom (2000)

Roman sculpture and portraiture

D'Ambra, Eve. Roman Art in Context: An Anthology. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1993. Several good essays on portraits, copies, and gender.

D'Ambra, Eve. Roman Art. Cambridge, ENG: Cambridge University Press, 1998. Contains a chapter on portraiture and commemoration.

De Puma, Richard Daniel. Roman portraits: the University of Iowa Museum of Art, September 10-October 30, 1988. Iowa City: The Museum, 1988. Portions available on-line as part of the Riley Collection of Roman Portrait Sculpture.

Kleiner, Diana E. E. Roman sculpture. New Haven: Yale, 1992. The standard work in English.

Vermeule, Cornelius. Greek and Roman Sculpture in America. Masterpieces in Public Collections in the United States and Canada. Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum; Berkeley: California, 1981.

Walker, Susan. Greek and Roman portraits. London: British Museum, 1995. A good introduction.

Roman portraits: texts to illustrate the Riley Collection

Marcus Aurelius. Meditations. Trans. Maxwell Staniforth. Penguin.

Brunt, P.A., and J.M. Moore, eds. Res Gestae Divi Augusti. The Achievements of the Divine Augustus. Oxford, 1967. Written by Augustus and inscribed throughout the empire.

Lefkowitz, Mary R., and Maureen B. Fant. Women's Life in Greece and Rome. A Sourcebook in Translation. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1982.

Levick, Barbara. Government of the Roman Empire. A Sourcebook. London/New York: Routledge, 2000. Chapters on The Power of Rome; Structure; Force; Law; Financing; Communications, Transport and Supplies; Loyalty: the Role of the Emperor; Patronage; Assimilation; Failings; Resistance; Crisis?

Lewis, Naphtali, and Meyer Reinhold, eds. Roman Civilization. Selected Readings. 2 vols. New York: New York: Columbia, 1955. Wide range of primary sources in translation.

Shelton, Jo-Ann. As the Romans Did. A sourcebook in Roman Social History. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford, 1998.

Roman Art and Architecture

D'Ambra, Eve. Roman Art. Cambridge, ENG: Cambridge University Press, 1998. Approaches Roman art through chapters on portraiture, houses and painted interiors, the social order, city and urban space, and empire and its myths.

Elsner, Jas. Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph. The Art of the Roman Empire AD 100-450. Oxford, 1998.

Gazda, Elaine K., ed. Roman Art in the Private Sphere. Michigan, 1991.

Greene, Kevin. Roman Pottery. California, 1992.

Keppie, L.J.F. Understanding Roman Inscriptions. Johns Hopkins, 1991.

Ling, Roger. Roman Painting. Cambridge, 1991.

MacDonald, William L. The Architecture of the Roman Empire, Vol. I: An Introductory study; Vol II: An Urban Appraisal. Yale, 1982.

Nash, E. Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome. Hacker, 1980.

Pollitt, J.J. Art of Rome c. 753 B.C.-A.D. 337: Sources and Documents. Cambridge, 1983.

Potter, T.W. Roman Italy. Berkeley: California, 1987.

Ramage, Nancy H., and Andrew Ramage. Roman Art: Romulus to Constantine. 2nd ed. Prentice-Hall, 1995. A popular textbook.

Richardson, L. New Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome. Johns Hopkins, 1992.

Wallace-Hadrill, Andrew. Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Princeton, 1994.

Ward-Perkins, J.B. Roman Imperial Architecture. Penguin, 1981.

Roman Empire: context

Adkins, Lesley, and Roy A. Adkins. Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome. Facts on File, 1994 [Repr. Oxford University Press, 1998]. Chapters on history, military, geography, towns and countryside, travel and trade, written evidence, religion, economy, and everday life.

Alfoldy, Geza. The Social History of Rome. Johns Hopkins, 1988.

Garnsey, Peter, and Saller, Richard. The Roman Empire. Economy, Society, and Culture. Berkeley: California, 1987.

Grant, Michael, ed. Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece and Rome. 3 vols. Riverside, NJ: Scribner's, 1988. Covers all aspects of the ancient world with short, authoritative articles.

Greene, Kevin. The Archaeology of the Roman Economy. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1986.

Scarre, Christopher. Chronicle of the Roman emperors : the reign-by-reign record of the rulers of Imperial Rome. London, New York: Thames and Hudson, 1995.

Stambaugh, John E. The Ancient Roman City. Johns Hopkins, 1988. Includes a short history of the city of Rome and chapters on different aspects of Rome that integrate archaeological and literary evidence.

Wells, Colin. The Roman Empire. 2nd ed. Harvard, 1992.

Roman Religion

Dowden, Ken. Religion and the Romans. London: Bristol Classical Press, 1992.

Ferguson, John. The Religions of the Roman Empire. Aspects of Greek and Roman Life. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 1970.

Scullard, H.H. Festivals and Ceremonies of the Roman Republic. Ithaca and London: Cornell, 1981.

Turcan, Robert. Cults of the Roman Empire. Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1996.

Roman Women

Fantham, Elaine, et al. Women in the Classical World: Image and Text. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Kleiner, Diana, and Susan Matheson, eds. I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996. Catalog and background essays for special exhibition of portraits of Roman women.

-----. I, Claudia II: Women in Roman Art and Society. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000.

Pomeroy, Sarah. Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves. New York: Schocken, 1975.

Modern Parallels

Fryd, Vivien Green. Art and Empire. The Politics of Ethnicity in the United States Capitol, 1815-1860. Yale, 1992.

Gebhard, David, and Gerald Mansheim. Buildings of Iowa. Oxford, 1993.

Reinhold, Meyer. Classica Americana. Wayne State, 1984.

Richard, Carl. The Founders and the Classics. Harvard, 1994.

Rubinstein, Charlotte Streiffer. American Women Sculptors. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1990. See entry for Malvina Hoffman.


Carpiceci, Alberto Carlo. Ancient Rome Nowadays and 2000 Years Ago. Firenze: Bonechi.

Carpiceci, Alberto Carlo. Pompeii Nowadays and 2000 Years Ago. Firenze: Bonechi, 1977.

Connolly, Peter. Pompeii. Oxford, 1990.

Connolly, Peter, and Hazel Dodge. The Ancient City: Life in Classical Athens and Rome. Oxford, 1998.

Henrich, Steve, and Jean Henrich. The Big Book of Ancient Roman Activities. Henrich Enterprises, 1994.

James, Simon. Ancient Rome. Eyewitness Books. New York: Knopf, 1990.

Macaulay, David. City. A Story of Roman Planning and Construction. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1974.

Petrén, Birgitta and Elisabetta Putini. Why are You Calling Me a Barbarian? Illus. by Lara Artone and Monica Barsotti. Trans. by Mary Becker. J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999.

Tanaka, Shelley. The Buried City of Pompeii : What It Was Like When Vesuvius Exploded (I Was There). Disney Pr, 1997.

Make this Roman Fort. Usborne Cut-Out Models. Usborne, 1988.

Roman Amphitheatre. Usborne Cut-Out Models. Usborne, 1994.

Children's Books on the Ancient World: A Selective Bibliography (Diane Arnson Svarlien)

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