Books on Life Lessons from History (preferably Roman)


I recently read "The Obstacle is the Way" by Ryan Holiday who uses historical anecdotes of real life leaders and entrepreneurs to derive life lessons which are still relevant in the 21st century. Having finished this book last week, I'm now hungry for even more.

The Roman Republic (and the subsequent Empire) is the most fascinating historical nation I've ever had the pleasure of studying, imo and important figures like Julius Caesar, Scipio Africanus, Marcus Aurelius, Lucius Aurelian, etc. embodied success in their own unique ways. I want a book that discusses figures/nations like these from history but not from an academic but a self-improvement perspective since I'm already struggling to maintain an ever-growing reading list for the former.

The reason I have a preference for Roman history is due to its identity as an adaptive, ever-evolving nation which faced multiple crises and managed to survive all of them for centuries thanks to it's sheer pragmatism and a "can do" attitude that I wish to emulate in my own life.

Regardless, I'm open to any book suggestions belonging to this genre – Roman or not and am looking forward to what this sub would recommend 🙂

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