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The Greenhaven encyclopedia of ancient Rome
Nardo, Don, 1947-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Greenhaven Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xi, 324 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm.
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DG16 .N37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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An old adage speaks of the grandeur that was Rome. That grandeur is captured in amazing, well-documented detail in this unusual volume, which takes the form of a travel guide written in AD 143, when the Roman Empire was at its height of size and prosperity. Included are the city's imposing public buildings, temples and other shrines, religious festivals, roads and aqueducts, shops, public games (including chariot races and gladiatorial combats), and side trips to important nearby sights.

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Booklist Review

This is an entry in the Greenhaven Press Encyclopedia Of series, which is intended to help students with research. The arrangement of the book is curious. Rather than being dictionary style, the topics are broken up into chapters ("Prominent People," "Government and Law" ), and the topics within each chapter are listed alphabetically. The table of contents lists all the entries in each chapter. An index provides additional access points. Many entries have seereferences, and if the entries to which the reader is being referred occur in another chapter, chapter numbers are provided. The book is sturdy and well designed. It will lay flat for copying, and most of the illustrations (photographs, line drawings, and woodcuts) should copy well. Maps accompany some entries, but a series of maps in the front matter supplemented by smaller maps of battles and so forth would have been useful. The writing should be accessible to advanced-placement middle-school students and above. Articles range from a few lines to a few double-column pages. The volume includes a chronology and a list of emperors that ends with Romulus Augustulus, the last Western Roman Emperor. The bibliography has works that can be found in most medium-sized to large public libraries. This volume would be suited to school libraries and to public libraries serving middle- and high-school students. Libraries owning titles like Ancient Greece and Rome: An Encyclopedia for Students(Scribner, 1998) may want to pass on the Greenhaven title unless such material is heavily used. RBB.