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Reading: Preparing For Your Roman Trip

When we decided to visit Rome, I thought I needed some background study.

So I consulted Wikitravel, which gave me a good recommendation. The book was longer than I thought (and did not expect a sequel!), but it was really really fun to read. (win!)

First book, “Roma,” covers the very begging of Rome to the end of Roman Republic. Its sequel, “Empire,” covers early Roman empire, from the era of Augustus to the end of Hadrian. Yes, these are only fictions, but they cover most major historical events and characters, so you can almost read them as history books. Almost is better than nothing.

(Recommended supplemental reading: Wikipedia)