Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, 1998 - History - 404 pages
7 Reviews
This handy reference provides full access to the 1,200 years of Roman rule from the 8th century BC to the 5th century AD, 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.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4
4 stars
3
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Great book
Adkins you will get me an A for my assignment

Review: Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome ( Facts On File Library Of World History)

User Review  - Bonnie_blu - Goodreads

Very good overview of Roman society from the early Republic to the end of the Empire (2,200+ years). The book covers all aspects of Roman life, and helps the reader to orient him/herself to a more ... Read full review

Contents

TABLES
3
ILLUSTRATIONS
6
Prominent People
12
Social Structure
37
Taxes and Finance
45
History of the Legions
51
Organization of Legions
62
The Navy
69
many and Britain
176
VaisonlaRomaine Provence
182
Pirates
191
Ostia
192
Reading
199
archaic and cursive
207
WRITTEN EVIDENCE
231
inscription from Trier
245

Conditions of Service
76
Street Guard
80
Septimius Severus
92
Expansion and Contraction of Romes Territory
105
Roman Empire in AD 314
112
The Provinces
113
Gazetteer of Place Names
121
Reading
128
Town Amenities
134
dors with drains beneath the imperial
139
jars at Herculaneum
145
Villas
148
which hot air passed from the furnace
158
Interior and Exterior Decoration
159
doe hung on a pole
164
Maps and Itineraries
169
1
274
RELIGION
279
Hadrian around AD 125
295
182
307
186
313
194
324
206
330
211
344
women attend their mistress
346
234
353
HANDBOOK TO LIFE IN ANCIENT ROME
358
256
359
291
366
TABLES
369
293
372
344
378

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1998)


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.

Bibliographic information