Encyclopedia of ancient Rome /
Matthew Bunson.
3rd ed.
New York, NY : Facts On File, c2012.
xxxvii, 788 p. : ill., maps.
9780816082179 (acid-free paper)
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New York, NY : Facts On File, c2012.
9780816082179 (acid-free paper)
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A Note on Names -- Historical Overview -- Geographical Overview -- Chronology of Major Events -- Entries A to Z -- Appendix I: How to Study Ancient Rome -- Appendix II: The Kings of Rome (753-509 B.C.E.) and Emperors of the Roman Empire (27 B.C.E.-476 C.E.) -- Appendix III: Genealogies -- Glossary.
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Expanded ed. of: Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire. Rev. ed. c2002.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Praise for the previous edition: ...recommended...a worthwhile purchase for academic and larger public libraries... Booklist, starred review The articles are readable and accurate... American Reference Books Annual Recommended... Choice Encyclopedia of Ancient Rome, Third Edition provides comprehensive and interdisciplinary coverage of the people, places, events, and ideas of ancient Rome. Each entry has been thoroughly reviewed and updated to fully reflect recent advances in archaeology, historical and literary criticism, and social analysis. In addition, the scope has been expanded to include the entire history of ancient Rome, from the first founding of the city through the legendary hero Aeneas and his descendants Romulus and Remus around 753 BCE to the final collapse of Roman power in the fifth century CE . All of the entries in this updated resource now reflect not only the imperial era, but also the entire course of Roman history.New front and back matter items have been added to this fascinating resource, including an appendix on the study of ancient Rome, a glossary, a historical overview section, and a geographical overview section.Coverage includes:Scipio AfricanusTiberius GracchusHannibalThe Incorporation of HellenismThe Punic WarsThe Struggle of the Ordersand more.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-10-01:
In this edition, Bunson (independent scholar) "encompasses all of ancient Roman history," starting with the legendary founding of Rome. Previous editions, Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire (rev. ed., CH, Jan'03, 40-2513; 1st ed., CH, Oct'94, 32-0629), covered only the rise of Julius Caesar to the fall of Rome in 476. The work seeks to be "a reference book that brings into one rather large volume the totality of ancient Roman life." Overviews of history, geography, and chronology introduce the book. Appendixes list the kings and emperors of Rome and imperial families' genealogies, and illustrations and maps enhance reading pleasure. Longer entries, such as the ones for agriculture and for more prominent personalities, such as Caligula, have bibliographies. Cross-references allow readers to find information easily. The section on how to study ancient Rome lists prominent Roman and non-Roman historians and summarizes the topics of their works.Bunson cautions students not to be completely influenced by any one historian, such as Edward Gibbon. An error: the name given for the third-century physician/philosopher Galen is Claudius Galenus. Galen was his first name; his surname is not known. The four-page chronology ends with "The Decline of the Empire," listing not only the fall of Rome ("Fall of the Roman Empire in the West") but also the 1,000 years of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire to 1453 ("Ottomans Conquer Constantinople and End the Roman Empire in the East"), summarized in three dates. This "Gibbon slip" is sure to irritate Byzantine scholars. Conversely, a separate entry for the emperor Justinian is lacking, though he is mentioned in several entries and in the chronology. Overall, this is an excellent resource for school, public, and undergraduate libraries. Graduates (and scholars) will find some useful information here as well. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers. M. W. Handis The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Appeared in Library Journal on 2012-05-15:
Bunson (Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire) here provides a dynamic, engaging reference on the culture, history, and people of Ancient Rome. Entries offer considerable context, enhancing the accessibility of the information. Bunson's approach is distinctly interdisciplinary, weaving geography into military history, branches of philosophy into biographical entries, etc. Far from creating confusion, this method brings the Roman physical, intellectual, scientific, and social world to life. Biographic entries are particularly well written, presenting the roles of both well-known figures and important but obscure men and women with richness and sensitivity. The historical coverage spans the founding of Rome by Aeneas to the collapse of the empire in the fifth century C.E. Illustrations accompany many entries and include reproductions of portraits, photographs of busts, maps, and architectural diagrams. Appendixes provide further valuable information, such as recommendations of materials for the study of Roman history, lists of dictators and emperors, a glossary of important terms, and family trees of notable houses and dynasties. VERDICT A superb source of detailed, engaging information on the ever fascinating and often perplexing ancient Roman civilization, Bunson's work is a handy reference for classics students and enthusiasts alike.-Lauren de Bruin, Alberta Lib., Edmonton (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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