It is no exaggeration to say that at its height, the Roman Empire was renowned for its wealth and power, far-reaching military might, elaborate government institutions, great literature, impressive architecture, magnificent public works, and much more. Thanks to this engaging companion set to Life in the Middle Ages and Life in the Renaissance, young readers now have the opportunity to find out for themselves about these aspects of Roman life. Beginning with the rise of Augustus in 27 B.C.E., this tour of the social and economic structure of life in the Roman Empire ends around 200 C.E. Each book examines one aspect of life or sector of society, including The Patricians, the City, the Countryside, and Religion. Fascinating details abound about the Roman Senate, the intrigues of the imperial court, and even the joys of running water. Gradually a clear picture of a day in the life of a variety of Roman men, women, and children emerges, and readers will have learned a great deal about the life and times of the ancient Romans.