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

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  83 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Checkmark Books
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Michael K.
Reference librarians are very familiar with this publisher, which has put out a long, long string of useful ready-reference volumes on an impressive array of topics. Because of my long-term interest in classical history, this one has a prominent spot on my own shelf, and it’s been heavily thumbed over the past fifteen years. Basically, if there’s a person, or a place, or a literary work, or a reference to something from everyday life, anywhere in the 1,200 years of Rome’s royal, republican, and ...more
Ryan Patrick
I teach Roman history, and this has to be the handiest book I've found for that class, yet. It complements a traditional textbook very well (although you can't just assign it to read straight through). It has maps, brief summaries of important people (although I wish there were more and/or different people covered), essentially glossaries of all the major terms from Roman political, military, cultural, and religious life, and descriptions of all those everyday life things that students always as ...more
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 "Roman" mind frame, although it is impossible for any modern person to understand life in Ancient Rome fully since the cultural realities and attitudes were vastly different from life as we know it.
This is an excellent source for information on Ancient Rome. So many books of this kind focus on the Empire, and have little about the Republic or the old kingdoms. This books does a good job of covering a lot of ground others miss, and it does so in an accessible and well-organized manner. Great reference book.
James Eckman
Oct 18, 2014 James Eckman rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People starting research on Rome
Shelves: non-fiction
Unlike their book on Jane Austen's England, this is an encyclopedia without much narration. As a random read about Roman history, ho-hum, but if you are researching for writing purposes, it's a 5 star book since it has an extensive bibliography.

Recommended as a reference.
95 books/2009

I comprehensive and easy-to-use reference book on Ancient Rome. As an author I found it incredibly useful and informative.
Mike Anderson
Very useful reference to daily life in Rome.
Adkins and Adkins are absolutely brilliant.
Very informational and extremely well organized.
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