This 250 page, large-format book is an ideal general introduction to Ancient Roome, its twelve chapters covering a wide range of aspects:
Building the City of Rome
Building Styles and Techniques
Housing for Rich and Poor
Cities of the Empire
Religion and Mythology
Science, Technology and the Economy
People of Rome
Each section is lavishly illustrated with colour plates (450 in all) and the text is detailed, informative and accessible.
A good general introduction and very reasonably priced.