Ancient Rome: Infographics tells the story of a great empire through graphic design. This book offers readers a new way to conceptualize ancient Rome from the birth of the empire to the Punic Wars, and from the Roman political system to the role of women, slaves, and public entertainment. Cleverly designed infographics bring alive the complex history and structure of this ancient empire for the general reader while still satisfying demands for the rigorous approach of a historian.
Drawing on the best international sources, this volume charts ancient Rome’s social, political, and cultural histories with breathtaking data visualizations. The result is an extraordinary new approach to Rome’s history, and is sure to appeal to those looking for an overview of the period and to history buffs alike.
The infographic approach is best seen as a complement to more usual ways of perceiving Rome, as in art, literature, architecture, and film. Where those mediums give us a sense of grandeur, culture, opulence, and violence, clean information design helps us understand the grand logistics of empire… Some of its most insightful visualizations depict the development of these measures across time, helping us see Rome as a growing, evolving entity with many layers of management and operations… We learn about the supply chains of grain, the distribution of budgets, and the rights and roles of men, women, soldiers, and enslaved people.
Nicolas Guillerat was trained as a data designer and graphic artist.
John Scheid is the author of An Introduction to Roman Religion, The Craft of Zeus, and The Gods, the State, and the Individual.