Although a significant number of handbooks, guides, and encyclopedias already exist on ancient Rome, the Handbook succeeds in making an original contribution to this much-studied civilization. Designed as a ready-reference tool for both beginning and more advanced students, the handbook has incorporated much of the recent scholarship in the field of ancient Roman studies as well as preserving older but still valuable material....It is a welcome addition to any library's reference collection and will complement other current reference sources on Roman history -- American Reference Book Annual, 1996
An ideal and readable resource for students of Roman history and the classics -- School Library Journal, May 1995
Explanations are clear and concise and present a wealth of information. Many illustrations. High school students should especially find this a useful reference. Recommended for all public libraries -- Reference Book Review, 1995
This beautifully produced book is a marvellous encyclopedia of Roman life. It is arranged in thematic chapters, so it can be read straight through, but is also ideal as a reference book for students looking up specific facts, or for just browsing. Clearly written and illustrated with sketches, photos and maps: everything you could want to know about people, places and gods, military and social life, literature and travel, covering subjects from the alphabet to Zeest amphorae. An unusual and intriguing reference book -- The Good Book Guide January 1995
This is an excellent handbook... The great merit of this work, however, is its accessibility: the authors translate all the necessary Latin and assume little background on their readers' part. Recommended for general readers, undergraduates, and even for their teachers -- Choice -- American Library Association -- October 1994
From the Author
This book was first published in the United States in hardback by Facts On File, with the paperback also being published in the United States. The paperback publisher (Oxford University Press) has therefore retained the American spelling (theater, worshiped, plow and so on). Apart from having a wonderful cover design, the Oxford University Press volume is also extremely good value for money. We intended this book to be a reference work primarily for students, as so much time can be wasted looking up specific facts rather than understanding the ancient Roman world as a whole. The hardback publishers came up with the title 'Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome', which we think is a bit misleading, because the book actually covers the entire Roman world, from naval battles to single artefacts.