A Companion to the Roman Empire
May 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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"Another admirable edition to Blackwell's large expanding series of Companions, it is of comparable length, but with just 30 contributors and 30 chapters … it gives each other more depth and breadth." (Ancient East and West, 2008)
"For those with reservations about the 'companion' phenomenon, [this volume] is an excellent advertisement for the benefits of such an exercise.... This volume is almost uniformly good as a guide to central topics in Roman history from the first to the forth century, with a number of outstanding discussions," (The Classical Review, 2008)
"A very impressive collection indeed, summarising and building on the latest scholarship, especially the view that there is more to history than politics and the powerful." (Journal of Classics Teaching)
"Scholar, student, and interested layperson will all find much to ponder here, and the editor, publisher, and contributors are to be commended for the success of their undertaking. This Companion, at least, constitutes a welcome addition to the field, offers a clear statement of the current state of the discipline, and provides inspiration for future directions" (New England Classical Journal)
"This Companion to the Roman Empire provides a fascinating and scholarly insight into our ancient past. It is an ideal reference tool for students and scholars alike, presenting new methods and modes of study that should provoke thought among the readership. It also brings together many disciplines of study that allow scholars to study an Empire as vast and influential as that created by the Romans." (Reference Reviews)
"The thirty chapters in this latest title in Blackwell's excellent "Companions to the Ancient World" series are written by such experts in their fields as Maud Gleason, Judith Evans Grubbs, Amy Richlin and Ann Hanson ... No comparable handbook exists ... Essential. All levels/libraries." (Choice—A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007)
"This elegantly and carefully edited book is a resounding success." (Scholia Reviews)
"David Potter has assembled an impressive array of scholars whose essays in this volume provide overviews and summarize the current state of scholarship on a variety of topics. A Companion to the Roman Empire succeeds in meeting the needs of its diverse audience and also offers a few surprises." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)"With a panoramic lens, more diverse and inclusive than any forerunner, this indispensable Companion probes the Roman empire for the 21st century. A tour de force certain to challenge and excite everyone engaged by Roman civilization."
–Richard Talbert, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"An immensely rich and varied menu. This volume will not only be an invaluable vade mecum for scholars, students and all who have an interest in Roman imperial civilisation and its impact on the Mediterranean world and northern Europe, but will also reveal the wealth of evidence for Roman culture and the new and exciting ways in which historians can 'read' it."
–Alan Bowman, Oxford University
"David Potter has assembled a powerful team and together they have produced a rich collection - a major new synthesis of much of the most recent research in the discipline. No student or teacher could fail to learn from it."
–Greg Woolf, University of St. Andrews