potted history of the Romans

Veni, Vidi, Vici: Everything you ever wanted to know about the Romans but were afraid to ask - Peter Jones

This is a great book to dip in and out of.  All about Rome and the Romans during the Classical period, Peter Jones follows things in a chronological fashion making me want to do more research about some of the things in the tale.  It's a perfect book to dip your toes into Classical History or refresh your mind.