When originally published in 1987, this book was hailed as a landmark in the study of the Roman World. Now back in print with a new preface by the author, it is still the most comprehensive survey of the Roman World available. Ranging from the founding of Rome in the eighth century BC, and throughout the Empire and beyond this book will continue to be an essential resource on the subject for many years to come.
'This sumptuous two-volume encyclopedia covers every conceivable aspect of life in Ancient Rome … the volumes are massive in size and content, and almost infinite in variety.' - Simon Raven, Observer
'The 35 chapters (350 excellent figures and plates) cover in sober and impressively scholarly detail … the social, economic, military, urban, agrarian, and administrative problems of Empire.' - Peter Jones, the Times
The Routledge Worlds are magisterial surveys of key historical epochs, edited and written by world-renowned experts. Giving unprecedented breadth and depth of coverage, they are the works against which all future books on their subjects will be judged and are essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the subject.