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Chronicle of the Roman Emperors : The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome
by Chris Scarre
Hardcover: ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.93 x 10.28 x 7.96
Publisher: Thames & Hudson;
ISBN: 0500050775

Constantine the Great: And the Christian Revolution
by G.P. Baker
Paperback: 351 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.88 x 8.48 x 5.55
Publisher: Cooper Square Press; ; (December )
ISBN: 0815411588

The Christianity of Constantine the Great
by T.G. Elliott
Publisher: Univ of Scranton Pr; (December )

Constantine and the Conversion of Europe
by Arnold Hugh Martin Jones
Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr; Reprint edition (December 1979)

Constantine: History, Historiography, and Legend
by Samuel N.C. Leiu and Dominic Monserrat
Book Description: Constantine examines the reign of Constantine, the first Christian emperor and the founder of Constantinople. From a variety of angles: historical, historiographical and mythical. The volume examines the circumstances of Constantine's reign and the historical problems surrounding them, the varied accounts of Constantine's life and the plethora of popular medieval legends surrounding the reign, to reveal the different visions and representations of the emperor from saint and patron of the Western church to imperial prototype. Constantine: History, Historiography and Legend presents a comprehensive and arresting study of this important and controversial emperor.
Publisher: Routledge;

Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance
by H. A. Drake
Book Description Historians who viewed imperial Rome in terms of a conflict between pagans and Christians have often regarded the emperor Constantine's conversion as the triumph of Christianity over paganism. But in Constantine and the Bishops, historian H. A. Drake offers a fresh and more nuanced understanding of Constantine's rule and, especially, of his relations with Christians. 

Constantine, Drake suggests, was looking not only for a god in whom to believe but also a policy he could adopt. Uncovering the political motivations behind Constantine's policies, Drake shows how those policies were constructed to ensure the stability of the empire and fulfill Constantine's imperial duty in securing the favor of heaven. 

Despite the emperor's conversion to Christianity, Drake concludes, Rome remained a world filled with gods and with men seeking to depose rivals from power. A book for students and scholars of ancient history and religion, Constantine and the Bishops shows how Christian belief motivated and gave shape to imperial rule.
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; (December )

Constantine: Ruler of Ancient Rome
by Julian Morgan
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group;

Constructing Autocracy: Aristocrats and Emperors in Julio-Claudian Rome
by Matthew B. Roller
Book Description: Rome's transition from a republican system of government to an imperial regime comprised more than a century of civil upheaval and rapid institutional change. Yet the establishment of a ruling dynasty, centered around a single leader, came as a cultural and political shock to Rome's aristocracy, who had shared power in the previous political order. How did the imperial regime manage to establish itself and how did the Roman elites from the time of Julius Caesar to Nero make sense of it? In this compelling book, Matthew Roller reveals a "dialogical" process at work, in which writers and philosophers vigorously negotiated and contested the nature and scope of the emperor's authority, despite the consensus that he was the ultimate authority figure in Roman society.
Hardcover: 320 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.03 x 9.43 x 6.34
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr; ; (March 1, )
ISBN: 069105021X

Caligula: The Corruption of Power
by Anthony A. Barrett
Book Description: Was the Roman emperor Caligula really the depraved despot of popular legend? In this book-the first major reassessment of Caligula`s life and career in over fifty years-Anthony A. Barrett draws on archaeological, numismatic, and literary evidence to evaluate this infamous figure in the context of the system that gave him absolute power.
Paperback: 360 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.82 x 9.23 x 6.15
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr; ; (March )
ISBN: 0300074298

Emperor Worship and Roman Religion
by Ittai Gradel
Book Description: This book presents the first study of emperor worship among the Romans themselves, in Rome and its heartland Italy. It argues that emperor worship was indeed perfectly in keeping with Roman religious tradition, which has been generally misunderstood by a posterity imbued in radically different notions of the relationship between man and the divine.
Hardcover: 300 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.25 x 8.25 x 5.75
Publisher: Oxford University Press; ;
ISBN: 0198152752

I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54
by Robert Graves
Book Description: Considered an idiot because of his physical infirmities, Claudius survived the intrigues and poisonings of the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius,  and the Mad Caligula to become emperor in 41 A.D. A masterpiece.
Paperback: 468 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.84 x 8.02 x 5.24
Publisher: Vintage Books; ; Reissue edition (November 1989)
ISBN: 067972477X

Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina
by Robert Graves
Picking up where the extraordinarily interesting I, Claudius ends, Claudius the God tells the tale of Claudius' 13-year reign as Emperor of Rome. Naturally, it ends when Claudius is murdered--believe me, it's not giving anything away to say this; the surprise is when someone doesn't get poisoned. While Claudius spends most of his time before becoming emperor tending to his books and his writings and trying to stay out of the general line of corruption and killings, his life on the throne puts him into the center of the political maelstrom. Amazon.com
Paperback: 533 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.97 x 7.96 x 5.21
Publisher: Vintage Books; ; (October 1989)
ISBN: 0679725733

A Scandalous History of the Roman Emperors
by Anthony Blond
Covers Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero
Paperback: 256 pages
Carroll & Graf; ISBN: 0786707593;
 

The Twelve Caesars
by Suetonius, Robert Graves, Michael Grant
Born in 60 A.D., Suetonius served for several years as secretary to the Roman emperor Hadrian. His years in the palaces and halls of imperial government served him well when he set out to write this oftentimes eye-popping, tell-all account of the doings of the first 12 emperors, from Julius to Domitian, who make the good fellas of Mafia renown seem tame by comparison. From Suetonius we learn that Augustus was afraid of lightning and thunder and carried a piece of seal skin as protection against them; that Caligula slept with his mother and his sister; and that Nero outlawed mimes in Rome--which may mean that he wasn't such a bad man after all. Suetonius doesn't hesitate to say when he's reporting gossip that he has not personally verified, but what gossip it is! This translation, by the noted classicist Robert Graves, serves the ancient chronicler very well indeed. Amazon.com
Paperback from Penguin USA (Paper)
 

The Year of the Four Emperors (Roman Imperial Biographies)
by Kenneth Wellesley, Barbara Levick (Introduction)
(Paperback)

Nero: The End of a Dynasty
by Miriam T. Griffin
Paperback: 320 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.89 x 9.15 x 6.17
Publisher: Routledge; ; 1 edition (March )
ISBN: 0415214645

Nero: Destroyer of Rome
by Julian Morgan
Juvenile
Library Binding: 110 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.50 x 10.00 x 7.25
Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group; ; 1st edition (January )
ISBN: 0823935965

Hadrian: The Restless Emperor
by Anthony R. Birley
Although his decision to abandon the expansionist policies of his predecessors seemed to forecast the Roman Empire's decline, this evenhanded biography demonstrates that Hadrian (A.D. 76-138) was also an intelligent, energetic ruler. With equal judiciousness ancient historian Anthony R. Birley scrutinizes Hadrian's private life--including an unhappy marriage and a devoted homosexual attachment--and his public works, from Britain's monumental wall to the disastrous attempt to Hellenize his Jewish subjects. Birley makes good use of primary sources and academic monographs to create a scholarly yet accessible narrative. Amazon.com
Paperback: 424 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.03 x 9.19 x 6.19
Publisher: Routledge; ; 1 edition (April )
ISBN: 0415228123

Hadrian and the Cities of the Roman Empire
by Mary Taliaferro Boatwright
Paperback: 264 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.64 x 9.36 x 6.14
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr; ; Reprint edition (January )
ISBN: 0691094934

Life of Constantine
by Eusebius, Averil Cameron, Stuart George Hall
Book Description: The emperor Constantine changed the world by making the Roman Empire Christian. Eusebius wrote his life and preserved his letters so that his policy would continue. This English translation is the first based on modern critical editions. Its Introduction and Commentary open up the many important issues the Life of Constantine raises.
Paperback: 320 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 8.50 x 5.50
Publisher: Oxford University Press; ; (November )
ISBN: 0198149247

The Roman Succession Crisis of AD 96-99 and the Reign of Nerva
by John D. Grainger
Publisher: Routledge; 1st edition (December )

Trajan: Optimus Princeps
by Julian Bennett
Book Description: The emperor Trajan is one of the very few Roman emperors who, over the centuries, has always been seen in a good light. He is remembered for his expansion of the Empire, his monumental public-works projects, and his refusal to persecute the Empireès Christian minority. The very substance of his glorious reputation, however, is tested by Julian Bennett in this comprehensive biography„the first since 1927 and the first ever in English. While the period as a whole is ill-served by the extant literary evidence, Bennett supplements this with a thorough examination of the contemporary archaeological and epigraphic evidence, covering every major aspect of Trajanès reign. Although some of his original suggestions may remain speculative, his central conclusion is that Trajanès contemporary reputation as Optimus Princeps seems to have been richly deserved.
Publisher: Indiana University Press; 2nd edition (March 1, )

Septimius Severus: The African Emperor
by Anthony Birley
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition

The Emperor's Handbook: A New Translation of the Meditations
by Marcus Aurelius
C. Scot Hicks and David V. Hicks (Translators)

Set Among Princes: The Saga of Claudia Rufina
by Sharon L. Griffiths.
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Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome
by Anthony A. Barrett

Tiberius Caesar
by G. P. Baker

The Annals of Imperial Rome
by Cornelius Tacitus, translated by Michael Grant

Death and the Emperor: Roman Funerary Monuments, From Augustus to Marcus Aurelius
by Penelope J. E. Davies
Hardcover: 288 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 10.00 x 7.00
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ASIN: 0521632366
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Tiberius the Politician
by Barbara Levick
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Tiberius: The Resentful Caesar
by Gregorio Maranon
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