Essential Resources for Ancient Rome Enthusiasts

On this page, you can find a list of resources that you can use to learn more about Ancient Rome.

Courses

  • Greek and Roman Mythology – University of Pennsylvania (Coursera)
  • Roman Architecture – Yale University (Coursera)
  • Roman Art and Archaeology – University of Arizona (Coursera)
  • The Roman Empire: introducing some key terms (Open University)
  • Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City – University of Reading (Future Learn)

Books

  • SPQR by Mary Beard
  •  The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  • The Emperor in the Roman World by Fergus Millar

Journals

  • The Journal of Roman Studies – Cambridge University (link)

Ancient Texts

  • Livy’s “History of Rome” (link) offers a detailed account of Rome from its legendary founding to Livy’s own time.
  • Tacitus’ Annals and Histories (link) give a critical look at the Roman Empire’s early years.
  • Plutarch’s Lives (link) presents biographies of Roman and Greek statesmen, shedding light on their characters and the times they lived in.

Museums – Virtual Tours

  • The Vatican Museums, Vatican City (link): The Vatican Museums feature an impressive collection of Roman artifacts, including statues, mosaics, and more. Their virtual tours allow visitors to explore various sections, such as the Pio Clementino Museum, the Chiaramonti Museum, the New Wing, and the Gregoriano Profano Museum, which houses many important Roman statues.
  • The British Museum, London (link to Room 70): The British Museum offers an interactive experience through the Google Arts & Culture platform, where users can explore ancient Roman objects among its vast collection, including the famous Mildenhall Treasure and the Roman Britain collection.
  • The Capitoline Museums, Rome (link): As the oldest public museum complex in the world, the Capitoline Museums offer virtual tours that showcase a rich collection of Roman statues, inscriptions, and artifacts that tell the story of Rome from the Bronze Age to the medieval period.

Websites

  • National Geographic – Ancient Rome Collection (link)

Podcasts

  • When in Rome by Matt Smith
  • Emperors of Rome by La Trobe University
  • The Partial Historians (website)
  • The Roman Republic Podcast (website)
  • The Fall of Rome Podcast (website)

Documentaries

  • Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire: 15 episodes on Youtube (link)
  • Roman Engineering: 7 episodes on Youtube (link)
  • History Channel – The Colosseum and Ancient Rome: 11 episodes on Youtube (link)
  • History Channel – How Often Do You Think About the Roman Empire?: 10 episodes on Youtube (link)
  • Meet the Romans with Mary Beard: 3 episodes on Youtube (link)

Learn Latin

Courses online

  • The Ancient Language Institute (link)

Apps

  • Duolingo (link)
  • SPQR Latin Dictionary and Reader
  • Vice Verba