- Series: Who's Who
- Hardcover: 365 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (February 28, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415224101
- ISBN-13: 978-0415224109
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,881,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Who's Who in the Roman World covers the period from the fifth century B.C.E. to A.D. 364. Approximately 1,500 entries give crisp biographical sketches on significant personages "from all walks of Roman life," including both the famous and the lesser known. The author, a former university professor and subject expert, writes a straightforward prose that, though lacking in drama, is clear and concise.
The alphabetical organization aids in locating entries, though the Roman naming conventions (admirably explained in the opening "Note on Roman Names") are such that the reader must sometimes skim through a particular cognominal list (e.g., Claudius) before finding the entry sought. Generally speaking, chronological order is followed where there is more than one person with exactly the same name. Exceptions to this are made in the case of a few emperors with long, detailed entries, who are placed first in the section. Weighting is entirely appropriate, with more column inches dedicated to those who cut a greater historical swath. The cross-referencing is superb, with see items printed in small capitals within the text of entries. A number in brackets following a name is included when it is necessary to indicate a particular subentry under a cognomen. Brief bibliographies are appended to articles on major figures where suitable works exist. A glossary of 65 terms serves to extend and clarify the entries. Three appendixes--a general chronological table of Roman history from B.C.E. 509 to A.D. 364; a list of Roman emperors; and maps of Italy in the Age of Augustus, the Roman Empire in A.D. 211, and the center of Rome circa A.D. 200--serve to enhance the information in the articles.
A serviceable work for college and university students, this title is a good companion to the author's Who's Who in the Greek World (2000). REVWR
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'Even the briefest of initial glances at this work encourages one to go out and get the other two volumes immediately, just to have the full set. The layout is very clear, the information chosen is both enlightening and succinct.' - Eoin Patterson, JACT Review
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However, there exists somewhat discordia in selection of the entries. For example, in the book we can find the emperor Hadrianus' favorite boy ANTINOUS , but not the emperor Nero's boy-wife SPORUS nor the emperor Elagabarus' husband HIEROCLES.
If you'd like to read more detailed accounts or articles , you should better to purchase the last version of "the Oxford Classical Dictionary".