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Ancient Rome: City Planning and Administration New Ed Edition

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ISBN-10: 0415106184
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[Robinson] convincingly concludes that the policies of Roman local government aimed at maintaining social stability, and we finish the book with renewed awe for the thorough Roman practicality promoting this stability and Rome's other achievements.
The Classical Outlook

This extremely useful book appears to be equally well suited for the generalist reader with an appetite for concise information and as a textbook for courses concerned with Roman Administration. The text is easily readable and lavishly annotated, with indices and a handy fold-out map of Imperial Rome.
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About the Author

O. F. Robinson is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Glasgow. She is the co-author of European Legal History.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (November 4, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415106184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415106184
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,491,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on March 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
Olivia Robinson is a legal scholar. She's written several books and articles on legal and administrative aspects concerning the Roman period. This book came about, as Robinson relates, from an idea she got from her husband in 1974 when he was working for a Scottish political organization. Oddly, the book wasn't published until 1992, a long time for the amount of information contained in the book. Obviously, this work was not a priority in Robinson's life.
The subtitle of this book is "City Planning and Administration", a fairly broad title that encompasses a lot of material. For the most part, the book is boring and loaded with technical terms, as well as Latin phrases that are not defined. The first few chapters are a real chore to slog through. But soon, the book starts to warm up. Chapters containing such mundane items as bridges, latrines, prostitution and policing become fascinating despite undefined terms. How did Romans bury people or take care of public health? The answers (in part) can be found in this book. It always helps to know that Romans did have public latrines and urinals. The men had it easy, as urinals were cut jars in which one relieved himself. Women apparently had to carry about chamber pots or other devices if they felt the need to go. The urine was sold, mostly to people who used the discharge to clean togas (ring around the collar? No more!). If at home, the waste was collected in buckets and then dumped outside the city or flung into the streets. Other topics include building projects, grain supply, spectacles, sewers and streets, transportation and scads of other stuff. Even though I can't say I cared for the book too much, I did learn a good deal from Robinson.
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This is a comment more on the using kindle for textbooks than this one directly. As this is a textbook, the kindle edition of Android is atrocious. There is no menu bar for quick scrolling form chapter to chapter, and it doesn't have proper page numbers only "screens" which makes it impossible to cite! If your were reading it once through, it might be ok. Amazon should stop selling digital textbooks in this format, or fix their app.
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