Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome

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This handy reference provides full access to the 1,200 years of Roman rule from the 8th century B.C. to the 5th century A.D., including information that is hard to find and even harder to decipher. Clear, authoritative, and highly organized, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome provides a unique look at a civilization whose art, literature, law, and engineering influenced the whole of Western Europe throughout the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and beyond. The myriad topics covered include rulers; the legal and governmental system; architectural feats such as the famous Roman roads and aqueducts; the many Roman religions and festivals; the Roman system of personal names; contemporary poets and historians; even typical Roman leisure pursuits. Each chapter includes an extensive bibliography, as well as more than 125 site-specific photographs and line drawings. Maps chart the expansion and contraction of the territory from the foundation city of Rome itself to the Byzantine Empire and the ultimate decline of the West.

Combining both archaeological and historical evidence, the Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome is perfect for anyone interested in Roman history, the classics, or an overview of the amazing period in which the Romans ruled.

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"An unusual and intriguing reference book."--The Good Book Guide

School Library Journal
YA-Broadly thematic in its arrangement, this reference book covers a wide range of topics and myriad details of Roman life from 800 B.C.-A.D. 500. A detailed index provides easy and complete access to the contents, maps, illustrations, charts, and tables. The bibliography cites mostly British journals and publications. An ideal and readable resource for students of Roman history and the classics.
A reference to facts and figures about ancient Rome from the eight century B.C. to the fifth A.D. The thematic sections cover the republic and the empire, military affairs, geography, town and country, travel and trade, literature, religion, economy and industry, and everyday aspects such as family, entertainment, and medicine. Each section concludes with a list of further reading. Well illustrated in black and white. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195123326
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 479,571
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lesley and Roy A. Adkins are both professional archaeologists. They have written numerous books together including Dictionary of Roman Religion, An Introduction to Archaeology, and Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece.

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Table of Contents

1. Republic and Empire
2. Military Affairs
3. Geography of the Roman World
4. Towns and Countryside
5. Travel and Trade
6. Written Evidence
7. Religin
8. Economy and Industry
9. Everyday Life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2005

    An encyclopedic Must for your library

    If you have a passion for learning about ancient Roman life, as I do, then this book is a must for you. It contains a wealth of encyclopedic detail about everything from Roman roads to religion, writing to wine pressing, eating and drinking to healing and thinking. Moderns can only reconstruct ancient Rome in the mind in fleeting glimpses nudged into being at random moments. This book, more than any other that I know of, succeeds in bringing many such satisfying moments to life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    Rome at Your Fingertips

    Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome is a triumph of organization and content. Wonderfully arranged and lovingly described, here is every facet of Roman culture, Monarchy, Republic, and Empire. What particularly impressed me about this book was its presentation of Roman religion, which brought together in one place sources that I had tried to track down in many texts over the years. Through the Adkins's work, Ancient Rome lives again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    Excellent General Reference Book

    Lesley and Roy Adkins' book on Roman civilization is a thourough categorical text covering everything from political institutions to fashion. The book also has extensive photographs and illustrations detailing countless subjects such as military formations and equipment, roads, city plans and development, architecture, etc., etc. For a general reference guide, it's the most exhaustive, detailed, and accurate text I have ever found. A perfect book that can be easily used by adults or children, teachers or students, novices or academicians. If you are just beginning to learn about Roman civilization, I strongly recommend this book above all other basic introductory texts: there's simply no comparison! As you learn more of the basic information, the book has an excellent bibliography and reference guide to authoritative books or academic texts that focus on a specific area. This book is truly one of the best investments one can make in the study of ancient Rome.

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