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Roman Empire, Encyclopedia of The, Revised Edition (Facts on File Library of World History) Hardcover – June 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0816045624 ISBN-10: 0816045623 Edition: Revised

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Product Details

  • Series: Facts on File Library of World History
  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File; Revised edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816045623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816045624
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

YA-Bunson has compiled a wealth of information into an encyclopedic arrangement that is easy to read, interesting, and concise. Beginning with a map and a chronology of major events, he defines the Roman Empire-people, places, and events-in entries that include charts, drawings, and maps. A made-to-order source for reports.
Linda Vretos, West Springfield High School, Springfield,
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Like its earlier edition, published in 1994, Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire seeks to provide multidisciplinary coverage of 500 years of "the most important personalities, terms, and sites" of this period. Expanded to 636 pages from 494, the encyclopedia includes nearly 2,000 entries, with new ones covering daily life, engineering, science, law, and the role of women in Roman society. There are also new reading lists for the major entries as well as an updated bibliography, which has increased from 56 items of only secondary sources to a list of nearly twice as many, now including primary sources that were not part of the earlier edition.

As in the first edition, entries are arranged alphabetically and range from a short dictionary snippet to longer treatments of 4,000 words or more. Some entries include reading lists, but this convention is not widespread throughout the work. As in the first edition, approximately 60 percent of the entries are biographical. The other entries fall within larger topical categories such as government, society, literature and art, law, trade and commerce, warfare, and religion. Among new entries are China; Clothing; Food and drink, Roman; Law; Transportation ; and Women, status of. Expanded entries include Calendar, Christianity, Industry, Legions, and Philosophy. Legions is one of the longest, with eight pages of text, including subheadings for development, training and equipment, organization, camps, auxiliaries, the role of legions in the late empire, and a large table of known imperial legions that includes the dates of their beginnings, founders, and where they were stationed.

Other special features of this resource remain unchanged from the first edition: black-and-white illustrations, maps, a chronology of major events, a list of emperors, genealogical tables of the dynasties, a glossary, and an index.

The encyclopedia has become a standard one-volume source on the Roman Empire and is a recommended purchase for any library that did not purchase the first edition. As an updated edition, it would seem a worthwhile purchase for academic and larger public libraries because of its expansion by 100 entries and 140 pages as well as revisions to various existing entries, especially regarding the role of women in the empire. Most high-school and smaller public libraries would have to weigh the usage of the earlier edition and needs of their patrons. RBB
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More About the Author

For the last twenty years, Dr. Matthew E. Bunson has been active in the area of Catholic Social Communications, including writing, editing and lecturing on a variety of topics related to Church history, the papacy and Catholic culture.

Senior Correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor and a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, he is the author or co-author of over forty-five books including: The Pope Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Catholic History, The Encyclopedia of Saints, John Paul II's Book of Saints, Papal Wisdom and The Angelic Doctor, The Life and World of St. Thomas Aquinas.

In 2005, he authored the first biography of Pope Benedict XVI in the English language. He is also the co-author of the upcoming Encyclopedia of the U.S. Catholic History. Since 1997, he has served as general editor of Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Almanac. In addition, he has been editor of The Catholic Answer Magazine since 2010 and is a professor of History and Church History for the Catholic Distance University in Virginia.

During the 2005 papal interregnum and conclave, Bunson served as a special consultant to USA Today and has appeared as a guest on many television and radio programs, including MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, EWTN, France 24, and Relevant Radio. Aside from his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Bunson holds a Bachelor's degree in History, and two Master's degrees in Theology. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies for a Ph.D. in Church History.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. N. W. Bos on January 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This encyclopedia is a comprehensive reference of Ancient Rome. Through the years it has been very helpful in finding information about lesser-known Romans. In addition to being alphabetical, it includes an extensive index, a glossary of titles, black and white drawings and several genealogical charts of the families that ruled the Roman Empire.
Based on my good experiences with this book, I have also bought Bunson's Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages.
I do not understand what the other "reader" is referring to. According to the encyclopedia, Crassus died in 53 BC and the battle of Carrhae took place in 53 BC, too. I can not find any reference to 55 BC at all!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I opened this book with some anticipation and was immediately let down. Misspelling and mistakes dog almost every page. Did you know that Crassus died in both 55 and 53BC? Gives some meaning to Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar' that "cowards die many times before their deaths." It struck me as a book of easy compilations from, at most, secondary sources. I would prefer the more expensive, more intellectual and more satisfying Cambridge Dictionary of the Ancient World
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan MacKinnon on June 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've had this book for several years and still find it a facinating reference. It's comprehensive and useful for any student of ancient Rome. If you wish to find information about some aspect of the Roman world, chances are you'll find it here.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Bagula on January 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The best thing about this book are the Roman Empire maps and coins.
Since I found a plain error in one of the maps where the area coding had Greece where Italy should be,
I can't give this book real good marks.
I have several biblical encyclopedias or dictionaries
with which to contrast this book,
and although it has a lot of facts and family trees of the Caesars,
it comes up short in comparison.
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