Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome

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OUP USA, 1998 - History - 404 pages
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The rise and fall of the Roman Empire remains a crucial event in the history of Europe and the Near East, yet many reference sources either omit important facts and figures about the period or take them for granted. Now, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome 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 often hard to find and even harder to decipher. Organized thematically, nine chapters provide in-depth analysis of all aspects of Roman life, the Republic and the Empire, military affairs, geography of the Roman world, towns and countryside, travel and trade, literature and the arts, religion, economy and industry and everyday life. The myriad topics covered include rulers; the legal and governmental system; architectural feats such as the famous Roman roads and aqueducts, Hadrian's Wall and the Colosseum; the Roman system of names; coinage, weights and measures; even typical Roman leisure pursuits. Each chapter includes an extensive bibliography as well as site-specific photographs and line drawings, more than 125 in all. Maps chart the expansion and contraction of the territory from the foundation of the city of Rome itself to the Byzantine Empire and the ultimate decline of the West. 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.
 

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Contents

ILLUSTRATIONS
8
REPUBLIC AND EMPIRE
23
1
25
5
40
Roads
42
History of the Legions
51
Organization of Legions
62
The Navy
69
13
213
Personal Names
238
State Religion
251
Augusta Pompeii
253
192
272
boar ram and bull are being led round
278
fin with dancing and music
289
Hadrian around AD 125
295

Conditions of Service
76
Street Guard
80
1
87
15
95
Expansion and Contraction of Romes Territory
105
34
112
Gazetteer of Place Names
121
Reading
128
Town Amenities
134
at Rome
141
Villas
148
villa at Mehring Germany
149
Window with an iron grille set in an opus
155
doe hung on a pole
164
Bridges and Tunnels
180
VaisonlaRomaine Provence
182
B O OK TO LIFE IN ANCIENT ROME
188
6
189
Transport and Trade of Goods
194
Writing Materials
208
Interior and Exterior Decoration
299
Religious Observance
302
mints
309
Brick and Tile
315
Leather
328
Population
341
Farming
342
4
346
Reading
358
129
371
INDEX
372
147
374
49
378
158
383
79
385
TABLES
387
182
390
B O OK TO LIFE IN ANCIENT ROME
392
319
396
327
402

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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.

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