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The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome

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More than fifteen centuries after its fall, the Roman Empire remains one of the most formative influences on the history of Europe. Its physical remains dot the landscape from Scotland to Syria. Its cities are still the great metropolises of the continent. Its law and institutions have shaped modern practice, and its ideal of a united Europe has haunted politicians ever si ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 29th 1995 by Penguin (first published 1995)
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Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you need the entire history of the Roman Empire reduced into a nutshell, with fantastic maps and photographs of archaeological ruins and busts, then this is the book for you! The history of Roman civilization is a huge topic to tackle, especially in the span of a semester. As a Classics minor, I had a difficult time remembering the major dates, people, and places figuring from 800 BC to 540 AD, from the origins in Rome, to fall of the Western Empire. The Atlas provides a visual depiction of t ...more
Tom Darrow
Jan 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm a high school history teacher and I got hooked on this book (from my school's library) when I found I kept leafing through it and offering sections of it to my students.

In its favor, it has many great maps. It breaks down Roman history into easily understandable chunks and the chapter summaries do a good job at linking things all together.

On the bad side, this books seems stuck in a world that is too advanced for your average high schooler but too superficial to be viewed as a reliable sourc
Douglass Gaking
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
This book contains excellent graphic representations of the Roman Empire, including maps of various areas during different eras, battles and wars, timelines, etc. However, the text of the book is disappointingly vague. It makes a good supplement to books with more detailed text, such as Greg Woolf's Rome: An Empire's Story and Boatwright's The Romans: From Village to Empire.
i love atlases as a genre. the historical atlas subgenre is great, though it has certain risks because the historical summaries appended to the various maps, as well as the distillations that go into reducing historical forces to colorful abstractions, can leave something to be desired politically.
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite guides to Roman History...and I've read quite a few! Great short write-ups on all the important events in Ancient Roman history and fabulous illustrations.
An Italian Romance
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it

Great for dipping into. Well laid out and clearly written. Very good maps throughout. Very useful.
Iain Watson
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Mar 22, 2009 rated it liked it
poor printing choices. colors make maps hard to read. nice choice of photos. could use a little more explanatory text.
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Scarre has some great stuff.
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is closer to a three but nostalgia goggles.
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