Encyclopedia of Ancient Rome

Encyclopedia of Ancient Rome

by Matthew Bunson

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Library Journal
Bunson (Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire) here provides a dynamic, engaging reference on the culture, history, and people of Ancient Rome. Entries offer considerable context, enhancing the accessibility of the information. Bunson's approach is distinctly interdisciplinary, weaving geography into military history, branches of philosophy into biographical entries, etc. Far from creating confusion, this method brings the Roman physical, intellectual, scientific, and social world to life. Biographic entries are particularly well written, presenting the roles of both well-known figures and important but obscure men and women with richness and sensitivity. The historical coverage spans the founding of Rome by Aeneas to the collapse of the empire in the fifth century C.E. Illustrations accompany many entries and include reproductions of portraits, photographs of busts, maps, and architectural diagrams. Appendixes provide further valuable information, such as recommendations of materials for the study of Roman history, lists of dictators and emperors, a glossary of important terms, and family trees of notable houses and dynasties. VERDICT A superb source of detailed, engaging information on the ever fascinating and often perplexing ancient Roman civilization, Bunson's work is a handy reference for classics students and enthusiasts alike.—Lauren de Bruin, Alberta Lib., Edmonton
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Every feature in this reliable, thorough resource is designed to facilitate use. Those new to the study of the civilization will benefit from the opening historical and geographical overviews, which provide significant context. These are followed by alphabetically arranged entries covering people, places, the military, events, and ideas. Entry headings are in bold and cross-references appear in all capital letters, facilitating access. Considerable chronological expansion is the most significant change from earlier editions. Whereas those earlier works cover the period from Julius Caesar and the Gallic Wars (59�51 B.C.E.) to the fall of the empire in the West (476 C.E), this volume goes back almost 700 years to the founding of Rome. On the downside, there is no pronunciation guide and the black-and-white illustrations are infrequent and lackluster. Still, the pros outweigh the cons, making this a valuable addition to high school and public library reference shelves.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Library, Fairview, NC

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