When Roman objects and artifacts are properly analyzed, they serve as valuable primary sources for learning about ancient history. This book provides the guidance and relevant historical context students need to see relics as evidence of long-past events and society. Artifacts from Ancient Rome
is a unique social history that explores major aspects of daily life in a long-ago era via images of physical objects and historical information about these items. This book also affords "hands-on training" on how to approach primary sources.
The author--a historian also trained as an archaeologist--begins by explaining the concept of using artifacts to understand and "see" the past and providing a primer for effectively analyzing artifacts. Entries on the artifacts follow, with each containing an introduction, a description of the artifact, an explanation of its significance, and a list of further sources of information. Readers of the book will not only gain a composite impression of daily life in ancient Rome through the study of artifacts from domestic life, religion, war, transportation, entertainment, and more, but will also learn how to best understand and analyze primary sources for learning.
". . . Nicely put together, the reader will find this work, just one from the series, Daily Life through Artifacts, an absorbing work of reference that not only prompts further reading but interdisciplinary study. . . . [S]cholars, young and old, as well as the general reader, will find [it] as useful as it is accessible." --ARBA
"This is a good resource on the period for undergraduate-level readers." --Booklist
"[C]oncise writing, a comprehensive bibliography, and intriguing choices of artifacts. . . . Recommended for high school and college libraries, and university collections that serve students of ancient history." --Library Journal