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The Roman World Paperback – September, 2001

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ISBN-13: 978-0415263153 ISBN-10: 0415263158 Edition: 2nd edition

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Editorial Reviews


'This sumptuous two-volume encyclopedia covers every conceivable aspect of life in Ancient Rome ... the volumes are massive in size and content, and almost infinite in variety.' - Simon Raven, Observer

'The 35 chapters (350 excellent figures and plates) cover in sober and impressively scholarly detail ... the social, economic, military, urban, agrarian, and administrative problems of Empire.' - Peter Jones, the Times

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John Wacher is Professor Emeritus of Archaeology, University of Leicester. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 872 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2nd edition edition (September 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415263158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415263153
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Octavius on March 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This 2-volume text edited by John Wacher is one of the most respected texts on Roman history providing an extensive analysis of Roman civilization from the Early Republic to the Empire. Although the books can appeal to a general audience, they can also become rather technical as they are more oriented towards Masters and Doctoral students of classical studies. The books are also large, heavy, and quite expensive.

The two volumes cover in detail very specific subjects in addition to presenting general summaries. They are exhaustive in the range of subjects they cover and the research material they're based on. The books are also illustrated with countless maps, charts, and photographs. The books review Rome's evolution and support their summaries with extensive referrences to classical texts, archeological evidence, and numismatic evidence. The only draw back would be that it seems to give too little attention to Republican Rome and much more to Imperial Rome; about 1/4 of the text seems to involve the Roman Republic while 3/4 of it seems devoted to Imperial Rome.

Although the books focus more on the Empire than the Republic, I still recommend this work as one of the most exhaustive books providing an advanced and detailed overview of Roman civilization. My only caveat is that the books are expensive, long, and can become somewhat technical; the books may therefore be too much information to those who want only a very general introductory or illustrative text on Roman history. For such readers, I would recommend the Cambridge Illustrated History edition (not to be confused with the collossal Cambridge Ancient History volumes) and Lesley and Roy Adkins' 'Handbook to Life In Ancient Rome' as they may be a better choices in terms of size, more general summaries, and the $220 difference in price.
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