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  • A Roman Republic existed for 500 years before the start of the Roman Empire.
  • I know more about the fall of the Roman Empire than the Romans did.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Why had Ovid lived in Ancient Rome in 20 BCE and not Chicago in 2006 CE?
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Once it was in the Roman Empire, behind the paddle courts.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • When you’re better, we’ll finish Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • You think these men are ancient Romans?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The woman was going on and on about ancient Rome when it became clear to Mai that the only thing that mattered was in a courthouse in downtown Bakersfield.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • The Globetrotters were playing in County Hall in Charleston, a large, sterile arena that looked like a throwback to the declining years of the Roman Empire.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • An ancient Roman writer had written that out of Africa there was "always something new"—semper aliquid novi.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Early archaeologists had poured plaster into the holes and made these casts—creepy replicas of Ancient Romans.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus

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    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
  • As it happened, I found him barely a mile beyond the gates of the monastery, sitting on one of the ancient Roman mile-markers that dotted the roads.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • His face did not belong to modern civilization, but to ancient Rome; the face of an eternal patrician.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Does your story take place two thousand years ago in a remote corner of the Roman Empire?
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • In ancient Rome, at the time of Emperor Tiberius, there lived a good man who had two sons.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • Recollect the ancient Romans of the Circus, and the sports where they killed three hundred lions and a hundred men.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • At the great wooden table where we had spent many a tedious hour studying algebra and the Holy Roman Empire, we now sat down to take stock.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • SPQR—that’s the motto of the old Roman Empire: Senatus Populusque Romanus, the Senate and the People of Rome.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • They created markers that faded into the backdrop of ancient Rome.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I wondered if the Roman Empire had used chariot salesmen, and if Mad Claude had been one.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • "It looks as if the ancient Romans built it," muttered Elinor.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • ’One reads of frog-showers in the time of the ancient Romans.’
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The dearest friend to me, the kindest man, The best condition’d and unwearied spirit In doing courtesies; and one in whom The ancient Roman honour more appears Than any that draws breath in Italy.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • The Roman Empire was foreordained and established for this end.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • But how can they be Roman? I wasn’t that great on ancient history, but I was pretty sure the Roman Empire never made it as far as Long Island.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • I bet the ancient Romans hated togas as much as we do.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • They were made out of ancient Roman coins.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Nobody described his appearance as Latin, yet the word applied to him, not in its present, but in its original sense, not pertaining to Spain, but to ancient Rome.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I reviewed rapidly the whole period of history from the fall of the Roman Empire to the eighteenth century, and in English literature studied critically Milton’s poems and "Areopagitica."
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • If she visited the Bodleian Library, she found him thumbing through a volume of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (which she had read in its entirety).
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • On the blank wall at my left the dark, old-fashioned wall-paper was covered by a large map of ancient Rome, the work of some German scholar.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • He says it’s a gift to have crossed eyes because you’re like a god looking two ways at once and if you had crossed eyes in the ancient Roman times you had no problem getting a good job.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • The philhellenic elites of the Roman Empire, for whom Greek was virtually a second language, used Homer’s texts as a staple of higher education and ranked the heroic epic as the noblest of poetic genres.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The ancient Romans named the first month of our calendar after Janus, the god of two faces, the month of January looking back into the year gone by and forward into the one to come.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • We have spoken of Ancient Rome, which gloried in titles such as the ’city of cities’ and the ’hub of the universe.’
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But yesterday was a past period in history, with laws and rules archaic as ancient Rome’s.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • The neoclassical architecture is meticulously designed to echo the grandeur of ancient Rome, whose ideals were the inspiration for America’s founders in establishing the laws and culture of the new republic.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Here, among pillows enough for six, I soon fell asleep in a blissful condition, and dreamed of ancient Rome, Steerforth, and friendship, until the early morning coaches, rumbling out of the archway underneath, made me dream of thunder and the gods.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • But there were other books; one was The Decline and Vail of the Roman Empire … and there were authors like Shelley and Byron that Granma hadn’t known about, but the librarian sent them, along.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • It was practiced superbly by the early Christians, who were willing to face hungry lions and the excruciating pain of chopping blocks rather than submit to certain unjust laws of the Roman Empire.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • She, whose only peer was the Holy Roman Empire, she shall rank with Guatemala and Belgium perhaps!
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • When Mr Balfour replied to the allegations that the Roman Empire sank under the weight of its military obligations, he said that this was ’wholly unhistorical.’
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • "A regular Roman nose," he used to say, "with my goiter I’ve quite the countenance of an ancient Roman patrician of the decadent period."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • SCENE: Dispersed, in several parts of the Roman Empire.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • To cause constellations of victories to flash forth at each instant from the zenith of the centuries, to make the French Empire a pendant to the Roman Empire, to be the great nation and to give birth to the grand army, to make its legions fly forth over all the earth, as a mountain sends out its eagles on all sides to conquer, to dominate, to strike with lightning, to be in Europe a sort of nation gilded through glory, to sound athwart the centuries a trumpet-blast of Titans, to…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Yes, Mr. McLean, and Gibbon wrote The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The Catholic Church became part of the Holy Roman Empire …. and having Gnostic texts and beliefs were punishable by death.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • I also noticed some wrasse known as the tapiro, three decimeters long, bony fish with transparent scales whose bluish gray color is mixed with red spots; they’re enthusiastic eaters of marine vegetables, which gives them an exquisite flavor; hence these tapiro were much in demand by the epicures of ancient Rome, and their entrails were dressed with brains of peacock, tongue of flamingo, and testes of moray to make that divine platter that so enraptured the Roman emperor Vitellius.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Through the decline and death of ancient Rome and Byzantium and the Ottoman Empire and the modern states…buried so deep and with such ceremoniousness and such unction and such evil that only a madman centuries later could discover the clues needed to uncover them, and see with horror what had been done.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • He was able to tell you how fast pests multiplied, how much putty to buy for a piece of glazing, the right prices of nails or clothesline or fuses and many such things; as much as any ancient Roman senator knew of husbandry before such concerns came to be thought wrong.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
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