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Romm, James S.

Overview
Works: 43 works in 174 publications in 4 languages and 7,983 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Creator, win
Classifications: D58, 930
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by James S Romm
Herodotus by James Romm( )

14 editions published in 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herodotus, widely known as the father of history, was also described by Aristotle as a mythologos, or "tale-teller." In this stylish and insightful book, intended for both general readers and students, James Romm argues that the author of the Histories was both a historian in the original sense of "one who inquires" and a master storyteller. Although most ancient historians wrote only about events they themselves had lived through, Herodotus explored an era well before his own time from the rise of the Persian Empire to the Persian invasions of Greece in 490 and 480 B.C., the heroic fight of the Greeks against the invaders, and the final Greek victory. Working without the aid of written sources, Herodotus traveled widely and wove into his chronology descriptions of people and countries he visited and anecdotes that shed light on their lives and customs. Romm discusses the historical background of Herodotuss life and work, his moralistic approach to history, his insatiable fascination with people and places, his literary powers, and the question of the historical "truth" behind the stories he relates. He gives general readers a fresh appreciation of the Histories as a work encompassing fiction and nonfiction, myth and history, and poetry and prose. Herodotus becomes not simply a source of historical data but a masterful and artistic author who created a radically new literary genre. -- Amazon.com
Ghost on the throne : the death of Alexander the Great and the war for crown and empire by James S Romm( Book )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Dutch and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alexander the Great, perhaps the most commanding leader in history, united his empire and his army by the titanic force of his will. His death at the age of 32 spelled the end of that unity. The story of his conquests is known to many readers, but the saga of the empire's collapse remains virtually untold. Alexander bequeathed his power, legend has it, "to the strongest," leaving behind a mentally damaged half brother and a posthumously born son as his only heirs, who quickly became pawns fought over by the Macedonian generals. Meanwhile, Alexander's former secretary, Eumenes, a man full of tricks and connivances, became the determining factor in the precarious fortunes of the royal family. Classicist James Romm tells the story of the men who followed Alexander and found themselves incapable of preserving his empire--a world formerly united, now ripped apart into a nightmare of warring nation-states struggling for domination, the template of our own times.--From publisher description
Dying every day : Seneca at the court of Nero by James Romm( Book )

18 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Japanese and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the moral struggles, political intrigues and violent vendettas that enmeshed Seneca, the ancient Roman writer and philosopher, in the brutal daily lives of the imperial family and the regime of his student, Nero
The edges of the earth in ancient thought : geography, exploration, and fiction by James S Romm( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "edges of the earth" became the basis of a literary tradition, surveyed here, revealing that the Greeks, and to a somewhat lesser extent the Romans, saw geography not as a branch of physical science but as an important literary genre
The age of Caesar : five Roman lives by Plutarch( Book )

5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An outstanding new edition of Plutarch, the inventor of biography, focused on five lives that remade the Roman world. Pompey, Caesar, Cicero, Brutus, Antony: the names still resonate across thousands of years. Major figures in the civil wars that brutally ended the Roman republic, they haunt us with questions of character and authority: how to safeguard a republic from the flaws of its leaders. Plutarch's rich, vivid profiles show character shaping history through grand scale events and intimate details. The creator and master of the biographical form, Plutarch brilliantly locates character in small gestures such as the selfless Brutus's punctilious use of money, or Caesar's embrace of the plainspoken discourse of the soldier rather than the eloquence of Cicero. This is a true reader's edition of Plutarch. The translation lends a straightforward clarity to Plutarch's prose, and the notes helpfully identify people, places, and events named in the text. The substantial introduction and foreword explore both Plutarch himself as a historical figure and the basic history of the republic's fall."--Provided by publisher
The Landmark Arrian : the campaigns of Alexander ; Anabasis Alexandrous : a new translation by Flavius Arrianus( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During twelve years of continuous campaigns, Alexander conquered an empire that stretched from the shores of the Adriatic to the edge of modern India. Arrian's history of those conquests is the most reliable and detailed account to emerge from the ancient world. --from publisher description
How to die : an ancient guide to the end of life by Lucius Annaeus Seneca( Book )

6 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It takes an entire lifetime to learn how to die," wrote the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca (c. 4 BC-65 AD). He counseled readers to "study death always," and took his own advice, returning to the subject again and again in all his writings, yet he never treated it in a complete work. How to Die gathers in one volume, for the first time, Seneca's remarkable meditations on death and dying. Edited and translated by James S. Romm, How to Die reveals a provocative thinker and dazzling writer who speaks with a startling frankness about the need to accept death or even, under certain conditions, to seek it out. Seneca believed that life is only a journey toward death and that one must rehearse for death throughout life. Here, he tells us how to practice for death, how to die well, and how to understand the role of a good death in a good life. He stresses the universality of death, its importance as life's final rite of passage, and its ability to liberate us from pain, slavery, or political oppression. Featuring beautifully rendered new translations, How to Die also includes an enlightening introduction, notes, the original Latin texts, and an epilogue presenting Tacitus's description of Seneca's grim suicide. --
The Greek plays : sixteen plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A landmark anthology of the masterpieces of Greek drama, featuring all-new, highly accessible translations of some of the world's most beloved plays, including Agamemnon, Prometheus Bound, Bacchae, Electra, Medea, Antigone, and Oedipus the King
Alexander the Great : selections from Arrian, Diodorus, Plutarch, and Quintus Curtius by Plutarch( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprising relevant selections from the four ancient writers whose portraits of Alexander the Great still survive--Arrian, Diodorus, Plutarch, and Quintus Curtius--this volume provides a complete narrative of the important events in Alexander's life. The Introduction sets these works in historical context, stretching from the conclusion of the Peloponnesian War through Alexander's conquest of Asia, and provides an assessment of Alexander's historical importance as well as a survey of the central controversies surrounding his personality, aims and intentions. This edition includes a timeline, maps, a bibliography, a glossary, and an index
On the war for Greek freedom : selections from the Histories by Hérodote( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Designed for students with little or no background in ancient Greek language, history, and culture, this new abridgment presents those selections that comprise Herodotus' historical narrative. These are meticulously annotated, and supplemented with a chronology of the Archaic Age, Historical Epilogue, glossary of main characters and places, index of proper names, and maps
How to keep your cool : an ancient guide to anger management by Lucius Annaeus Seneca( )

2 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Timeless wisdom on controlling anger in personal life and politics from the Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman Seneca. In his essay "On Anger" (De Ira), the Roman Stoic thinker Seneca (c. 4 BC-65 AD) argues that anger is the most destructive passion: "No plague has cost the human race more dear." This was proved by his own life, which he barely preserved under one wrathful emperor, Caligula, and lost under a second, Nero. This splendid new translation of essential selections from "On Anger," presented with an enlightening introduction and the original Latin on facing pages, offers readers a timeless guide to avoiding and managing anger. It vividly illustrates why the emotion is so dangerous and why controlling it would bring vast benefits to individuals and society. Drawing on his great arsenal of rhetoric, including historical examples (especially from Caligula's horrific reign), anecdotes, quips, and soaring flights of eloquence, Seneca builds his case against anger with mounting intensity. Like a fire-and-brimstone preacher, he paints a grim picture of the moral perils to which anger exposes us, tracing nearly all the world's evils to this one toxic source. But he then uplifts us with a beatific vision of the alternate path, a path of forgiveness and compassion that resonates with Christian and Buddhist ethics. Seneca's thoughts on anger have never been more relevant than today, when uncivil discourse has increasingly infected public debate. Whether seeking personal growth or political renewal, readers will find, in Seneca's wisdom, a valuable antidote to the ills of an angry age
The history by Herodotus( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume includes a wealth of helpful footnotes; more than a dozen maps and illustrations; a chronology of the Archaic Age; a glossary of main characters, places, and terms; suggested further reading; and an index of proper nouns
Plutarch : lives that made Greek history by Plutarch( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although Plutarch did not intend his Lives as a historical record, they sometimes furnish the best account we have of events in classical Greece. In many instances they are the only account available to those exploring ancient history through primary sources
The Landmark Arrian : the campaigns of Alexander = Anabasis Alexandrou by Flavio Arriano( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During twelve years of continuous campaigns, Alexander conquered an empire that stretched from the shores of the Adriatic to the edge of modern India. Arrian's history of those conquests is the most reliable and detailed account to emerge from the ancient world. --from publisher description
Ghost on the throne : the death of Alexander the Great and the bloody fight for his empire by James S Romm( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... Brings to life the cutthroat competition and the struggle for control of the Greek world's greatest empire"--Page 4 of cover
Der Geist auf dem Thron : der Tod Alexanders des Grossen und der mörderische Kampf um sein Erbe by James S Romm( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in German and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seneca und der Tyrann : die Kunst des Mordens an Neros Hof by James S Romm( Book )

6 editions published in 2018 in German and Undetermined and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Characters : an ancient take on bad behavior by Theophrastus( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The age of Caesar : five Roman lives by Plutarch( Recording )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An outstanding new edition of Plutarch, the inventor of biography, focused on five lives that remade the Roman world: Pompey, Caesar, Cicero, Brutus, and Antony
The edges of the earth in ancient thought : distance and the literary imagination by James Sidney Romm( )

5 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Herodotus
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Ghost on the throne : the death of Alexander the Great and the war for crown and empireThe edges of the earth in ancient thought : geography, exploration, and fictionThe Landmark Arrian : the campaigns of Alexander ; Anabasis Alexandrous : a new translationAlexander the Great : selections from Arrian, Diodorus, Plutarch, and Quintus CurtiusOn the war for Greek freedom : selections from the HistoriesThe Landmark Arrian : the campaigns of Alexander = Anabasis Alexandrou
Alternative Names
Romm, James

Romm James 1958-....

Romm, James S.

롬, 제임스

ロム, ジェイムズ

Languages
English (126)

German (11)

Japanese (3)

Dutch (1)