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In Search of the Romans
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In Search of the Romans is a lively and informative introduction to Roman history and society. Making extensive use of ancient sources and illustrated with over 100 photographs, drawings, maps and plans, it introduces six key areas of the Roman world: history, religion, society, entertainment, Pompeii, and Herculaneum. Each chapter can be read independently, although there are many cross-references and links between each of them. There are also useful Appendices on the city of Rome, Roman politics, currency values, clothing, and the calendar. Review questions throughout the book challenge students to read further and reflect on some of the most important social, political and cultural issues of ancient Rome, as well as comparing them with those of their own society. Essential reading for teachers and students of Classical Civilisation, this book will also be of considerable interest to those involved in drama and citizenship courses.
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A lively, informative introduction to Roman history and society, making extensive use of ancient sources.

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Preface Introduction 1. A History of Rome 2. Roman Religion 3. Roman Society 4. Roman Enterntainment 5. Pomeii 6. Herculaneum Appendices 1. The City of Rome 2. The Roman Political System 3. Roman Currency Values 4. Roman Clothing 5. Time Chronology Index

About the Author

James Renshaw teaches Classics at Godolphin and Latymer School, UK. His books include In Search of the Greeks (2nd edn, Bloomsbury, 2015) and he is General Editor of the suite of books for OCR Classical Civilisation and Ancient History (Bloomsbury, 2017).

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Renshaw's work presents the history of Rome and its people in an accessible, student-friendly package. The language, although by no means simplistic, never becomes too technical and English translations always accompany Latin terms. He intersperses into the main body of the text a generous number of maps and images. These enhance, rather than detract from, the narrative as all visual sources appear on the same page as their description. The book is particularly strong in its use of Roman-era art and artifacts, along with modern reconstructions and schematics to complement the author's description of spaces and places such as sports venues, baths, and the city of Pompeii... Both students and instructors will benefit from this text. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *

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