Praise for the previous edition:
"...succeeds in making an original contribution to this much-studied civilization...a welcome addition to any library's reference collection...recommended for all libraries."American Reference Books Annual
"An ideal and readable resource for students of Roman history and the classics."School Library Journal
"Explanations are clear and concise and present a wealth of information. High school students should especially find this a useful reference. Recommended for all public libraries."Reference Book Review
"This is an excellent handbook...Recommended for general readers, undergraduates, and even for their teachers."Choice
Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome, Updated Edition provides full access to 1,200 years of Roman civilization from the eighth century BCE to the fifth century CE. Including information that is often hard to find and even harder to decipher, this volume presents comprehensive coverage of ancient Roman civilization in a way that is interesting to read and easy to understand. Organized thematically, nine chapters provide in-depth analysis of all aspects of Roman life. For this updated edition, the authors have reviewed, revised, and expanded the existing text as needed and added approximately 20 to 30 new illustrations. The bibliography has been significantly expanded and the maps redrawn.
Clear, authoritative, and highly organized, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome, Updated Edition provides a unique look at a society whose art, literature, law, and engineering have profoundly influenced the development and shape of Western civilization throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and up to today.
- The Republic and the Empire
- Military affairs and the geography of the Roman world
- Towns and countryside, travel and trade, economy and industry
- Literature and the arts
- Religion and everyday life.
156 black-and-white photographs and illustrations. 20 maps. Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Timeline.
About the Author(s)
Lesley Adkins has a degree in archaeology, ancient history, and Latin and an M.Phil. for research into ancient settlement patterns.
Roy A. Adkins has a degree in archaeology. Both have been professional archaeologists for more than 20 years and have worked for the Milton Keynes Archaeology Unit, the South West London Archaeological Unit, and the Museum of London before becoming independent consultants. Their publications include The Keys to Egypt as well as Facts On File's Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece and Dictionary of Roman Religion.