Introduction; Part One: Before Rome; 1 How to Record a Record: Writing and Writing Materials; 2 Record Keeping before Rome: the Ancient Near East; 3 Ancient Egypt; 4 Ancient Greece; Part Two: Rome; 5 The Roman Calendar and Roman Time; 6 Archives & Libraries in the Roman World; 7 Tabulae and Laterculi; 8 Epigraphy; 9 Fasti; 10 Publishing; 11 Graffiti & Curse Tablets; 12 The Theodosian Code & Justinian's Codification; Appendix I Damnatio memoriae; Appendix II The Roman Government communication network; Bibliography; Index.
Paul Chrystal was educated at the Universities of Hull and Southampton where he took degrees in Classics. For the past thirty-five years he has worked in medical publishing, much of the time as an international sales director. He now combines this with being history advisor to various local visitor attractions in York , writing features for national newspapers, and broadcasting on BBC Radio York, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Tees, on the Radio 4 PM programme and on the BBC World Service. He is a contributor to a number of history magazines and the author of seventy books.