Review by Choice Review
The 30 chapters in this latest title in Blackwell Publishing's excellent "Companions to the Ancient World" series are written by such experts in their fields as Maud Gleason (Greek cities), Judith Evans Grubbs (family), Amy Richlin (sexuality), and Ann Hanson (medicine). Chapters run approximately 30 pages and are grouped into seven topical categories covering sources, narrative, administration, social and economic life, intellectual life, and religion. A 60-page bibliography at the end of the book cumulates the works cited for all chapters, providing a comprehensive listing of resources on the Roman Empire. Chapters are suitable for specialists, addressing controversies surrounding evidence and interpretation. They are also accessible to novices; lengthy quotations are given in English, and the meanings of Latin, Greek, and other foreign terms are made clear by their contexts. Even libraries that do not collect extensively in ancient history could profit from this source, as its coverage of early Christianity and Judaism after the Second Temple period has broad appeal. The only significant problems with the book are that illustrations are scarce and the 11-page index is cursory. No comparable handbook exists. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. K. Manuel George Mason University
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