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The introduction of this encyclopedia states that it "covers the most important personalities, terms and sites that played a part in Roman evolution from the period of Julius Caesar and the Gallic Wars 59-51 B.C. to the fall of the Empire in the West 476 A.D.." Bunson, who recently wrote "The Vampire Encyclopedia" and is called "a longtime student of the Roman empire," has written an excellent ready-reference source for the period The encyclopedia features just over 1,900 entries ranging from a few words ""Sororia"-- The name for Juno as the goddess of puberty" to approximately 4,000. The longest entries, "Christianity" and "Rome", are five pages. Based on a sampling, the Board estimates that close to 60 percent of the entries are biographical. All entries do an adequate job of defining the subject matter and placing it within the proper context of Roman history, although anyone interested in doing further research will be disappointed by the lack of bibliographies at the end of entries. The 56-entry unannotated bibliography at the conclusion of the work consists entirely of secondary sources and is paltry, considering how much has been written on the topic-- even taking into account that the volume was written for those with a casual, rather than scholarly, interest in the subject. The reader will be introduced to the most important primary-source material i.e., writings of Josephus, Suetonius, Tacitus, and others only by reading the entries on those writers The encyclopedia does not disappoint in its generally excellent coverage of the Roman Empire. There are several entries that the general reader may be hard pressed to find in other reference works. "Assassins", for example, lists all emperors who were killed along with who most likely performed the deeds; "Coinage" includes a list of the main coins used in the empire; and "Festivals of the Roman Year" provides a month-by-month listing. Although there are such general topical articles as "Art and Architecture", "Marriage and Divorce", and "Social Classes", it is odd there are no entries for women or education, despite the fact works specifically on those topics are cited in the bibliography Bunson provides several tables and appendixes. The introduction has eight categories "Government," "Warfare," etc. with lists of corresponding articles. "Chronology of Major Events" briefly traces the period covered in the volume. Two appendixes conclude the work: "Emperors of the Roman Empire" and "Genealogies of Ruling Imperial Dynasties and Families." A glossary briefly defines 25 terms e.g., consul, princeps, though most terms are defined in more detail in the work proper. Along with cross-references, a detailed index also provides access. The six black-and white maps are helpful There is no similar work, save for Diana Bowder's "Who Was Who in the Roman World" Cornell Univ., 1980, which included some 1,000 biographical entries. "Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire" has its limitations, but given the reasonable price, it should be seriously considered by academic and public libraries.
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A comprehensive reference providing concise information on the key places, people, events, and culture of more than 500 years of Roman history, from the reign of Julius Caesar to the fall of the last Roman emperor Romulus Augustulus in 476 A.D. Includes 54 line drawings and six maps, as well as a chronology of major events, a glossary of governmental, military, and social titles, a chronological listing of the emperors, and genealogies of the major imperial dynasties and families. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816021352
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 494
  • Product dimensions: 8.85 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 1.76 (d)

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