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All Things Ancient Rome
An Encyclopedia of the Roman World
by Anne Leen
June 2023, 653pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6288-5
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Romans are often thought of as abject imitators of the Greeks, copying their art, their architecture, their literature, and even their gods. But the truth is more interesting.

Through roughly 160 alphabetically arranged reference entries, this book surveys the material culture and social institutions of Ancient Rome.

Ancient Rome was one of the great civilizations of antiquity. Honoring the contributions of their cultural forebearers—who included Etruscans, Asians, and Egyptians as well as Greeks—Roman artists, writers, and thinkers freely borrowed where tradition dictated and innovated where personal talent and imagination directed, forging a unique creative experience that formed the basis of Western European artistic, literary, and philosophical production for 2,000 years.

This reference is a guide to the material culture and social institutions of Ancient Rome. While other reference works typically examine battles and politicians, this book focuses on Roman social history and daily life. A timeline highlights key events, while an overview essay surveys the achievements of the Romans. Some 160 alphabetically arranged reference entries provide objective information about art, architecture, literature, commerce, transportation, government, religion, and other topics related to Roman life. Each entry provides cross-references and suggestions for further reading, and some provide sidebars of interesting facts along with excerpts from primary source documents. The book closes with a selected, general bibliography of resources suitable for student research.


  • A timeline highlights key events in Roman history
  • An introduction gives an overview of Roman social history
  • Roughly 160 alphabetically arranged reference entries provide essential information about the material culture and social institutions of Ancient Rome
  • Sidebars, including excerpts from primary source documents, provide tangential information that further engages readers
  • Entry bibliographies and a selected, general, end-of-work bibliography direct readers to additional resources
Anne Leen is professor emerita of classics at Furman University, editor of the Roman Funerary Inscriptions Project, and editorial consultant of the Online Companion to the Worlds of Roman Women. She has published a wide range of articles on Latin literature and Roman funerary inscriptions. She has served as director of Sunoikisis, the Collaborative Classics Department of the Associated Colleges of the South and has been a member of the American Classical League, Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Society for Classical Studies, South Carolina Classical Association, and Women's Classical Caucus. The winner of several NEH grants, in 2012, she was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.
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