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The ancient Romans created many great works of art, some which survive to the present. The Roman Empire was one of the greatest and largest empires of all time and absorbed a massive amount of culture and intellectual property as it grew. This led to the development of a lot of the unique works that are around today.

Read more about some of the great surviving Roman pieces here.

Twelve Tables of Roman Law

Strabo

Geographica

Historia

Pliny the Elder

Naturalis Historia

Josephus Flavius

Against Apion

The Antiquities of the Jews

Full texts here Historians Polybius (c.200-after 118 BCE) Rome at the End of the Punic Wars [History, Book 6] [At this Site] Tacitus: (b.56/57-after 117 CE) Annals [At this Site, formerly ERIS][Full Text][Ascii Text in one file] Life of Cnaeus Julius Agricola, c.98 CE trans. J. Church and W. J. Brodribb. [At this Site] Germania. trans. J. Church and W. J. Brodribb.[At Medieval Sourcebook] Germania, trans. Thomas Gordon, full text, Also available in Latin. [At Medieval Sourcebook] Suetonius (c.69-after 122 CE) De Vita Caesarum, Divus Iulius (The Lives of the Caesars, The Deified Julius), written c. 110 CE, Rolfe translation. [At this Site] Life of Augustus, complete, Worthington translation [At this Site] De Vita Caesarum: Caius Caligula (The Lives of the Caesars: Caius Caligula), written c. 110 CE, Rolfe translation, [At this Site] Aelius Spartianus: Life of Hadrian, (r. 117-138 CE.), complete. [At this Site] Poets Lucretius (98-c.55 BCE) The Nature of Things [At this Site, formerly ERIS][Full Text][Ascii Text in one file] Juvenal (c. 55/60-127 CE): Satire 1 Latin | Satire 1 English | Satire 1 English/Latin Satire 2 Latin | Satire 2 English | Satire 2 English/Latin Satire 3 Latin | Satire 3 English | Satire 3 English/Latin The rest of the Latin/English text is in preparation for this site. Thinkers Cicero (105-43 BCE) Cicero (105-43 BCE): Selected Letters. 36 selected letters. [At this Site] Cicero (105-43 BCE): On Friendship, or Laelius, full text, trans by Evelyn S. Shuckburgh [At this Site] Cicero (105-43 BCE): On Friendship, or Laelius, full text, trans by W. Melmoth [At this Site] Cicero (105-43 BCE): Old Age, c. 65 BCE (Harvard Classics series)[At this Site] Marcus Aurelius Antonius (b.121-r.161-d.180 CE) Meditations, 167 CE Plotinus (c.205-c.270 CE) Six Enneads [At this Site, formerly ERIS][Full Text][Ascii Text in one file] The Emperor Julian Mispogon (or "Beard-Hater")[At this Site] Other Pliny the Younger (61/62-113 CE) Selected Letters, c 100 CE (Harvard Classics series)[At this Site] Selected letters: General (110 letters), and Correspondence with the Emperor Trajan (122 letters). Letters, Book X. 25ff : The Correspondence of a Provincial Governor and the Emperor Trajan, c. 112 CE [At this Site] Full texts elsewhere Historians Julius Caesar (100-44 BCE): War Commentaries [At M Univ] War Commentaries [At MIT] Sallust (prob.86-35 BCE) The Catiline Conspiracy, 63 BCE [At Forum Romanorum] Livy (59 BCE-17 CE) History of Rome Complete surving text online in English translation [At Virginia] Volume I [Books 1-5], Volume II [Books 6-10], Volume III [Books 21-25], Volume IV [Books 26-32] Volume V [Books 33-39], Volume VI [Books 40-45] Augustus (63 BCE-14 CE) Acts of the Divine Augustus (Res Gestae Divi Augusti) [At MIT] Res Gestae [In Latin][At CSUN] Josephus (37- after 93 CE) Complete Works [At CCEL] Includes Antiquities of the Jews, The Jewish War and Against Apion Plutarch (c.46-c.120 CE) Lives [At MIT] Tacitus: (b.56/57-after 117 CE) The Life of Gnaeus Julius Agricola [At UNRV] Annals [At MIT] Histories [At MIT] Annals and Histories, Full texts [At M Univ] Nicolaus of Damascus (1st Cent CE): Life of Augustus (63 BCE-14 CE)[At CSUN] Aurelius Victor, Liber de Caesaribus 13: Trajan [In Latin][At CSUN] Aelius Spartianus (dates?): Life of Caracalla (r.211-217 CE) [At Heliogabby] Aelius Lampridius (dates?): Life of Heligabulus and in Latin (r.218-222 CE)[At Heliogabby][Full Text] Poets Plautus (d.184 BCE) The Brothers Menaechmus [At Internet Archive, from Rhodes] Aulularia [At Forum Romanorum] or in Latin [At Latin Library] Virgil (70-19 BCE) Virgil (70-19 BCE): The Aeneid, Dryden translation, [At MIT][Full Text][Chapter files] See 2ND Study Guide [At Internet Archive, from Brooklyn College] Aelius Donatus (fl. 350 CE): Life of Virgil, tr. David Wilson-Okamura [At Virgil.org]Petronius Arbiter (c.27-66 CE): Satyricon c.61 CE Petronius Arbiter The Satyricon, translated by Alfred R. Allinson, 1930. [English translation linked to Latin text] [At Sacred Text Archive] Also in Latin [At Latin Library] [Note that most modern teachers would use the Arrowsmith translation (New American Library) which is considered to be very good.] Juvenal (c. 55/60-127 CE) Satires 1,2,3,8,9, trans. N. Rudd, [At Princeton] Avianus (fl. c. 400 CE): Fabulae in Latin [At UPenn] Priapea (collected 5th Cent CE) in Latin [At IPA] Thinkers Cicero (105-43 BCE) Cicero (105-43 BCE): First Oration Against Catiline 63 BCE [At Bartleby] WEB Cicero Homepage [At Utexas] for texts in Latin Plotinus (c.205-c.270 CE) Six Enneads [At MIT][Full Text][Chapter files] Porphyry (232/3-c.305 CE) On Images [At MIT][Full Text] Other Lucan (Marcus Annaeus Lucanus) (39-65 CE) Pharsalia (aka "The Civil War") [At OMACL] Pliny the Younger (61/62-113 CE): The Letters of Pliny the Consul. With Occasional Remarks., Vol.2, (Tenth Edition), William Melmoth, London (1805) [lightly emended] Book 10 [At Princeton] Pliny the Elder (23/4-79 CE): Natural History in Latin [At LacusCurtius][Full Text] Quintilian (b.30/35-c.100 CE): The Ideal Education, The Institutes, Book 1: 1-26, c. 90 CE [At this Site] Quintilian (b.30/35-c.100 CE): Institutes of Oratory, c.96 CE [At Iowa State] Apicius (proverbial gourmet): De Re Coquinaria (4th Cent CE). Ancient Roman Recipes [At CMU] Notitia Dignitatum (Register of Dignitaries), c. 400 [At this Site]

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