All Things Ancient Rome: An Encyclopedia of the Roman World [2 volumes]

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NEW SHRINK WRAPPED Through roughly 160 alphabetically arranged reference entries, this book surveys the material culture and social institutions of Ancient Rome.

Ancient Rome was one of the great civilizations of antiquity. Honoring the contributions of their cultural forebearers―who included Etruscans, Asians, and Egyptians as well as Greeks―Roman artists, writers, and thinkers freely borrowed where tradition dictated and innovated where personal talent and imagination directed, forging a unique creative experience that formed the basis of Western European artistic, literary, and philosophical production for 2,000 years.

While other reference works typically examine battles and politicians, this book focuses on Roman social history and daily life, painting a detailed picture of the material culture and social institutions of Ancient Rome. A timeline highlights key events, while an overview essay surveys the achievements of the Romans. Reference entries provide objective information about art, architecture, literature, commerce, transportation, government, religion, and other topics related to Roman life. Each entry provides cross-references and suggestions for further reading, and some provide sidebars of interesting facts along with excerpts from primary source documents. The book closes with a selected, general bibliography of resources suitable for student research.

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