The first such dictionary since that of Platner and Ashby in 1929, A New Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome defines and describes the known buildings and monuments, as well as the geographical and topographical features, of ancient Rome. It provides a concise history of each, with measurements, dates, and citations of significant ancient and modern sources.
L. Richardson, jr, is the James B. Duke Professor of Latin, Emeritus, at Duke University and the author of A Catalog of Identifiable Figure Painters of Ancient Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae and Pompeii: An Architectural History, both published by Johns Hopkins.
All concerned with the topography and monuments of ancient Rome will welcome this splendid study, which brings up to date and in effect replaces the classic dictionary of 1929 by Platner and Ashby. Richardson catalogs all monuments and landmarks, major or minor, that are mentioned by ancient testimonia or have been discovered by modern archaeology... Each entry presents a summary of the evidence and of problems associated with the evidence, and a brief guide to the ancient and modern bibliography. Library Journal Richardson's scholarly dictionary is an essential tool for the study of the place about which Augustus Caesar reportedly claimed, 'I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.' Wilson Library Bulletin Richardson has produced a new standard work on the topography of ancient Rome in this exhaustive and objective study... [He] writes with clarity and authority and his erudite synthesis of the research carried out by a large number of academics is a superb achievement. Reference Reviews This is the kind of essential reference work whose value becomes increasingly clear with repeated use. A great deal of information is painlessly conveyed. Greece and Rome