This beautifully produced book is a marvelous encyclopedia of Roman life....An unusual and intriguing reference book. (The Good Book Guide
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.