OverviewAbout the website. To begin exploration, click on the "hamburger" menu item in the top right-hand corner. Or to start at the beginning, with the founding of Rome, go here!
photo by Richard Stoneman
The Website & the Book
The Romans website was created to complement the second edition of Antony Kamm's bestselling book, The Romans: an introduction More details here
There are maps of Italy and the empire, a vast number of illustrations, and fresh material on Roman society, religion and traditional values and customs, as well as character sketches of Lucretia, Livia, and Agrippina the Younger. Visit the site map for further details.
The site surveys the history, life, and culture of Rome from its foundation to the end of the Roman empire in the east. It is illustrated with over 400 photographs from numerous sources, with authentic drawings of the famous, and infamous, people who governed the republic or ruled the empire; religion; society and daily life; literature; art, architecture and technology; and the army. There are sections on state officials and assemblies, the role of women, slavery, education, food, dress, entertainment, the Roman calendar and numerals, and the legacy of Rome.
Additional features include page overviews, parallel notes supplementing the information given in the text; extended captions to illustrations; period, subject, and individual timelines covering the whole of Roman history, and regular interactive quizzes. Some opinions on the website:
An outstanding free online resource. Latinteach
A new and extensive introduction to all things Roman ... The timelines are clear and colour-coded. Navigation is easy, and the pages are clearly set out and well illustrated. They are long, but an overview of each page is given in a panel at the top right, and a 'Believe it or not' box at the bottom right of each page reveals interesting oddities. Bob Bass, ICT and AVA editor, Journal of Classics Teaching.
A treasure trove of interesting and useful things. Oxford University Classics Outreach
Impressive and extremely well done. Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Other books by Antony Kamm.
Antony Kamm wrote several books, many of which are still in print. Details here
NOTESAntony Kamm, The Romans: an introduction, licensed by Taylor & Francis Books.
This web site is copyright © 2006, 2008, 2009 Antony Kamm & Andrew Wilson.
Designed by Andrew Wilson, redesigned and updated June 2023
The "hamburger" icon in the top right hand corner of each page when clicked will cause a menu to slide out from the left.
If the cursor acquires a question mark at any time as you mouse over pictures or text, click and you will be taken to a relevant note in the right hand column (Desktop browsers) or below (Mobile browsers). If the cursor changes to a magnifying glass, this signifies that a larger picture or map is available if you click.
Click on the menu (the "hamburger" icon in the top right corner) to find the SEARCH utility under WEBSITE MISCELLANEA
At the end of most sections, you'll be able to take a brief quiz to help you remember the information you've seen. Some are a bit tougher (eg Julius Caesar and Literature). The link to the appropriate quiz appears in a blue/grey box:
TimelinesThere is a green box on many pages marked TIMELINE. This will take you to a list of dates and events of especial relevance to the page you are on. Through the MENU you can access a comprehensive and intricate selection of timelines, including not only historical events, but special timelines following the careers of political and literary figures.
The pictures & mapsGo to MENU: WEBSITE MISCELLANEA: MAPS & PICTURES. There are about 400 pictures on the site - all the pictures for a particular chapter can be looked at together if you visit the GALLERY page. Maps can also be accessed directly from the MAPS page. There's also a map of Italy which can be brought up at any time from the link in the right hand column or at the foot of the page. Most of the maps (and some pictures) can be enlarged - when this is possible a magnifying glass appears when you move the mouse over them.
Many pages have a link to the relevant timeline.
Believe it or not:
Keep an eye on this box: there will be strange or unexpected information here!
Many pages will feature an interactive quiz