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Preface; List of maps and illustrations; Notes; Part I. Ideology, History and Administration: 1. The idea of Rome (753-31 BC); 2. Rome's new kings (31 BC-AD 476); 3. Princeps and imperator; 4. Governing Rome; Part II. Society and Economy: 5. The life of the city; 6. Production and consumption; 7. The Roman family; PART III. The Roman Mind: 8. The Roman mind; 9. Roman literature; 10. Roman art and architecture; Epilogue: the ghosts of Rome; Appendices: I. Roman emperors; II. Roman and Greek writers; III. Cross-references with the text of Reading Latin; Index and glossary of Latin terms; General indexes: topographical index; Index of personal names; Index of passages.
'With 400 richly illustrated pages, it is the most up-to-date general introduction to Roman life, history and culture available.' Daily Telegraph 'Books entitled 'An introduction to ... ' can so easily fail, if only because of the wealth of material to be covered. As an introduction to the Roman world, this volume succeeds and should be essential reading.' Times Higher Education Supplement '... stimulating and up-to-date ... I am sure many generations of students to come will have cause to be very grateful for the insight into the mindset of the Romans offered by this book.' JACT Review