Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome is an eye-catching summary of ancient Roman geography, history, and visual splendor. Illustrated with full-color photographs of Roman artifacts, architecture, and maps - including reconstructed maps of the city as it must have once stood - grace this amazing reference cover to cover. Since it is a historical atlas, the main focus is on geography and maps, but references to all aspects of Roman culture and its impact on subsequent civilizations abound. The text is accessible for lay readers and spells out the course of Roman history from its rise to its increasingly inevitable fall due to incompetent emperors, a self-serving bureaucracy, and a border far larger than its armies could protect. Highly recommended for library and personal history collections.
Before I bought a book about roman history I have visually searched through at least 20 books, and this is book of my choice. I think this is a great book, it has lots of detailed and precise information about roman history. This book has a simple to understand, and easy to navigate layout, which is helps a lot. I like roman history time line, this book has a great photographs, illustrations, and precise artist's renderings. I'm using this book as a reference book for matte paintings that I create, in roman empire times. Great book to buy!
Written with flair and a gift for keeping to what's relevant, this book is a gem. It also has superior photographs of the statues of the Emperors etc., versus the usual tomes. The maps aren't as many as one would expect from an atlas, but wow they are very easy to read and understand. Want to see how Rome was laid out, quickly? Want to see the whole Roman Empire at a glance? Want to see how Rome changed structurally, with color-coded sections to show what was built when? Want a quick but brilliant summary of the early days and the republic? Want to see what Galba REALLY looked like, versus the usual coins? Get this book.
Someone took a great deal of effort to select what to say, show, and leave out. It's written at once in a manner a teenager can readily understand, yet displays a sophisticated grasp of Roman history and culture which you find only in the best historians. Sadly, most of what's written about Rome is buried underneath the ever-popular academic hubris, so this book is a delightful escape from that -- without sacrificing quality.
Easy to read and understand, this book will be one you'll want to reference again and again, as you go through the drier writers of Roman culture and history.
There are two other basic Rome books I also recommend besides this one, but will put their links in the comments.