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Theseus and Romulus; Lycurgus and Numa; Solon and Publicola by Plutarch, translated by Bernadotte Perrin. Biographies of ancient rulers, including legendary Roman kings Romulus and Numa Pompilius.
Early History of Rome: Books I-V of the History of Rome From Its Foundation by Livy. The historian Livy died in 17 AD.
The Beginnings of Rome by T.J. Cornell. The history of Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (1000-264 BC).
Rome: Day One by Andrea Carandini, translated by Stephen Sartarelli. The author, an archaeologist, argues that Rome's legendary king Romulus was a real person who founded the city in the eighth century BC.
Remus: A Roman Myth by T.P. Wiseman. Romulus founded Rome, but why does the myth give him a twin brother, Remus? The author delves into the origins of this mysterious legend.
Chronicle of the Roman Republic by Philip Matyszak. Examines the kings, consuls, and tribunes who took Rome from a small fortified hilltop to the greatest empire of antiquity. 320 illustrations, 110 in color.
Ancient Rome: From the Early Republic to the Assassination of Julius Caesar by Lynda Garland and Matthew Dillon. Provides comprehensive coverage of all important documents pertaining to the Roman Republic, including source material on political developments; chapters on religion, slavery and freedmen, women and the family; precise translations of documents, inscriptions, laws and decrees, epitaphs, graffiti, public speeches, poetry, private letters and drama; and bibliographies and commentaries for each document and chapter.
The Rapes of Lucretia: A Myth and Its Transformations by Ian Donaldson. A scholarly look at the story of Lucretia as it has been interpreted through the centuries.
The Rape of Lucretia and the Founding of Republics: Readings in Livy, Machiavelli, and Rousseau by Melissa M. Mathes. A feminist look at the way the story has been used through history.
The Etruscans by Graeme Barker, Tom Rasmussen. For centuries the Etruscans flourished in central Italy, only to be completely absorbed into the Roman state. At the height of their power, they were feared by Romans and Greeks alike.
Etruscan Civilization: A Cultural History by Sybille Haynes. A survey of Etruscan civilization from its origin in the Iron Age to its absorption by Rome in the first century BC. Illustrated.