The eight thematic sections of poetry include works by Catullus, Horace, Lucretius, martial, Ovid, Petronius, Seneca and Virgil. The eight sections of adapted prose include sections from Apuleius, Caesar, Cicero, Pliny, Sallust, Tacitus, and the Acts of the Apostles in the Vulgate. Glosses and other explanations are provided opposite each of the texts, and the writing is illustrated throughout by paintings and photographs of artifacts in the Roman world. For the student, there is a complete vocabulary at the end of the book. For the teacher, there is an accompanying handbook giving additional suggestions for discussions in the classroom.