Franklin &  Marshall College Library

CLS 170

Rome: the Ancient City

F&M Library:


The Oxford Classical Dictionary
REF DE 5 .O9 2003

Rome Alive: a source-guide to the ancient city
REF DG 13 .A37 2004

Urbs Roma: a source book of classical texts on the city and its monuments
REF DG 68 .D83 1967

A New Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome
REF DG 68 .R5 1992

Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire
REF DG 270 .B86 1994

Augustus to Nero: a sourcebook on Roman history 31BC-AD68
REF DG 277.5 .B73 1985


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Last updated: 10/05, ls