Lesley and Roy A. Adkins are both professional archaeologists. They have written numerous books including Introduction to Archaeology, Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece, and Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome.
YA‘This reference tool fills an important need for students of world studies, mythology, antiquities, Latin, and particularly the Roman Empire. The Adkinses point out that the Romans incorporated deities from many cultures in addition to those of Greece and created many of their own. This volume covers them A-Z, as well as topics such as spirits, places, and buildings. It also contains entries referring to religions that existed within the Roman world, such as Judaism, Christianity, and Druidism. Appropriate bold facing and italics draw attention to the most important information, and drawings and photographs elucidate topics. Extensive cross-references to other entries and to books in the extensive bibliography enable students to delve as deeply into the subject as desired. The index is extremely detailed. The readable text and inviting layout make this an excellent choice for high school libraries.‘Cynthia Rieben, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA