Concise Introduction Ancient RomePaperback British Museum Concise Introduction
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- Publisher: BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 189mm x 246mm x 249mm | 600g
- Publication date: 25 August 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0714122580
- ISBN 13: 9780714122588
- Illustrations note: 170 illustrations, some colour
- Sales rank: 326,541
Packed with illustrations and special features, this book distils centuries of history into a highly readable overview of Ancient Rome, enhanced with the voices of Romans in their own words. Starting with an introduction exploring the intriguing origins of the ancient Romans, the authors then look more closely at what made this civilization so unique, choosing topics such as the city, empire and citizenship, the army, trade and engineering, religious and domestic life, spectacles and entertainment.Making full use of the rich resources and images of the British Museum, the authors show how ancient Rome was able to play such a major role in the subsequent development of Western culture, through to its legacy in the modern Western world. Each chapter has its own substantial annotated bibliography in addition to a comprehensive general list of books and web resources. Further reference tools include a list of international museum collections, chronologies and a general index. This book will appeal to a wide range of general readers, museum visitors, undergraduate students and life-long learners.
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Nancy H. Ramage is Charles A. Dana Professor of the Humanities and Arts in the Department of Art History at Ithaca College, and Andrew Ramage is a professor in the Department of the History of Art at Cornell University. Both received their doctorates from Harvard University and have since written several books including (together) Roman Art: Romulus to Constantine, now in its fourth edition. Andrew Ramage is also the co-author (with Paul Craddock) of King Croesus' Gold: Excavations at Sardis and the History of Gold Refining.
Table of contents
Preface; Introduction: Who were the Romans?; 1 Roman government and citizenship; 2 The army; 3 Infrastructure (economic and physical); 4 Coinage and commerce; 5 Spectacle and entertainment; 6 Religions, near and far; 7 The household (domestic life); 8 Death and the afterlife; Conclusion: The legacy of Rome (the concept of empire); Annotated chapter bibliographies and a general bibliography including both printed and web resources; annotated list of important museum collections; index.