The Roman Empire
A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes]
by James W. Ermatinger
May 2018, 622pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3808-8
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The Roman Empire was the first great Western multi-national Empire, encompassing all varieties of cultures, races, and religions.

Covering material from the time of Julius Caesar to the sack of Rome, this topically arranged reference set provides substantive entries on people, cities, government, institutions, military developments, material culture, and other topics related to the Roman Empire.

The Roman Empire was one of the greatest and most influential forces of the ancient world, and many of its achievements endure in one form or another to this day. Because of its geographic breadth, cultural diversity, and overall complexity, it is also one of the most difficult organizations to understand.

This book focuses on the Roman Empire from the time of Julius Caesar to the sack of Rome. While most references on the Roman world provide a series of alphabetically arranged entries, this work is organized in broad topical chapters on government and politics, administration, individuals, groups and organizations, places, events, military developments, and objects and artifacts. Each section provides 20 to 30 substantive entries along with an overview essay. The work also provides a selection of primary source documents and closes with a bibliography of important print and electronic resources.


  • Covers all aspects of Imperial Rome, from politics to social life
  • Provides a selection of primary source documents
  • Organizes reference entries in topical categories and provides cross-references
  • Cites works for further reading and closes with a bibliography of the most important print and electronic resources
James W. Ermatinger is professor of history and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois Springfield, Springfield, IL. He is the author of The Economic Reforms of Diocletian, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Daily Life in the New Testament, Daily Life of Christians in Ancient Rome, and The World of Ancient Rome.


"The text is accessible to high school students and the adult public and seems to be accurate. Browsers can pick up quite a bit of information on the Roman Empire."—ARBA, October 9, 2018
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