Chapel Hill; (2012): University of North Carolina Press. First Edition. Octavo. Item #025580
xvi, 585 pages, illustrations. This massive study is impressive for its thoroughness with an introduction that begins with both hydrology and the role of rivers in the legendary history of early Rome, it shows the use of rivers for economic and transportation purposes as well as the use of rivers for military purposes, and it also covers the concept of healing waters. It embraces not only modern archaeological research but the written sources on law and economy. Roman law on waterways was well developed in their history but often neglected by modern writers, here it is given a full discussion. The book has two useful appendices: a checklist of thermal/curative waters in the roman world and a list of navigable rivers (as noted in the ancient world). It was this mastery of the ancient river system that was a major part in their domination of the world until its decline and fall. An essential volume for the student of Roman history. Bound in blue cloth, spine lettering silver, a fine copy in fine pictorial dust jacket.