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What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us? Adrian Goldsworthy on the Lessons of Ancient Rome

'In our modern world peace is a goal and not yet a reality. We should never make the mistake of assuming that it is a natural state, for warfare and violence are threads running throughout human history.'

One of the UK’s most popular ancient historians, bestselling author Adrian Goldsworthy’s latest book Pax Romana examines the lasting myth of the Roman imperial dream of stable conquest and whether their much-vaunted peace was worth the cost. Here, in an exclusive article for Waterstones, Adrian Goldsworthy considers what we might learn from the Romans about power, oppression and the dangers of taking peace for granted.

Non-fiction Book of the Month: Travels with Epicurus

Non-fiction Book of the Month: Travels with Epicurus

Posted on 1st Sep, 2014 by Daniel Klein

Read the first chapter of Daniel Klein's Travels with Epicurus - our non-fiction favourite for September.

Read Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor

Read Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor

Posted on 19th Aug, 2014 by Adrian Goldsworthy

On the 2000th anniversary of his death, Adrian Goldsworthy introduces his new biography Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor and ponders why, unlike figures like Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, the first Imperator of Rome remains absent from wider public knowledge despite his great and lasting importance.

An Augustus reading list

An Augustus reading list

Posted on 19th Aug, 2014 by Dan Lewis Lewis

Today marks the 2000th anniversary of the death of Augustus - so we thought we'd take a look at the best books to read to understand the young man who rose to create the Empire.

10 things you wanted to know about the Romans but were afraid to ask

Peter Jones, author of Veni, Vidi, Vici: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Romans but Were Afraid to Ask, shares a top ten surprising facts about the life in Ancient Rome.

In conversation: Simon Scarrow

In conversation: Simon Scarrow

Posted on 7th May, 2014 by Waterstones

Simon Scarrow talks about the twelfth book in his Cato series, The Blood Crows, why he was drawn to historical fiction in the first place, and why Hollywood has a lot to answer for in the modern understanding of Rome.

A journey through the Clouds of War - Ben Kane

Ben Kane takes us on a whistle-stop tour of Sicily and the nearby island of Ortygia as he describes his research for the third book in his Hannibal series - Clouds of War...

Book Club - Augustus

Book Club - Augustus

Posted on 31st Oct, 2013 by Dan Lewis Lewis

Augustus by John Williams - of Stoner fame - is one of our two Book Club books of the week. Find out what our Book Club thought of this intriguing epistolary novel...

Tom Holland on why Herodotus is still a refreshing read...

Tom Holland talked to us about his new translation of Herodotus' The Histories and told us why, in many ways, the Father of History is very much a modern writer...