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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300103417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300103410
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,751,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book will be the standard reference for students and scholars seeking either a broad understanding of ancient woodworking or specifics relating to it."—Rabun Taylor, author of Roman Builders: A Study in Architectural Process


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Roger B. Ulrich is professor of Classics at Dartmouth College and lives in Hanover, NH.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Irene Hahn on September 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Roman Woodworking by Roger B. Ulrich is a comprehensive and fascinating work on Roman woodworking, aimed at classicists, historians, and modern woodworkers. However, it is a great source too for ordinary folk with an enquiring mind and interested in the Ancient Roman world. And fiction writers looking for background information should take note.

The book is written in an easy prose, and the illustrations are photographs from museums and other institutions as well as models and drawings by the author himself, plus the occasional chart or table. There are in all 205 black & white illustrations. The 400-page figure is deceptive, as the book is printed in the rather narrow Quadraat font, which takes a bit of adjustment to aging eyes.

The author draws heavily on ancient historians, among them Pliny's Natural History, Vitruvius' On Architecture, Isidore's Origins, Strabo's Geography, and Cato's de re rustica. Archaeological data include tools of all imaginable kinds, other artifacts, paintings from Herculaneum, scenes from Trajan's Column, the latter frequently referenced, and even a gilt decorated glass vessel in the Vatican Museum; and dedicatory and funerary monuments, which show many tools and working scenes. The paintings and the Column present mainly architectural structures, but not exclusively. In addition, Mr. Ulrich references a number of modern authors, beginning with Technologie und Terminologie der Gewerbe und Künste bei Griechen und Römern (Hugo Blümner, 1884). Until now, this topic had been mainly addressed by European scholars.

he cross-referenced Glossary of Roman Woodworking Terms, set in small font type, takes up 67 pages. There is also an Appendix: Archaeological Evidence of Roman Woodworking Tools, and of course a bibliography.
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As a profesional woodworker making Colonial reproductions for over 30 years I find all the roots of Greek Revival in this book. A must read for the American craftsman.
Steve Benson
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BradMcQuaw on October 18, 2013
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This is a dense, detailed read on how Romans worked with wood in every way imaginable. It's great for someone who is really into ancient history or perhaps the history of woodworking, but I think the average reader will find it too dry. I learned a lot, but since I was hoping to get ideas to integrate my woodworking class with history it wasn't really what I was looking for.
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