Athens and Rome spring to life in this superbly illustrated volume through a substantial text which is strewn with detailed cityscapes, cutaway views and interiors, full-color photos of artifacts and classical art. In addition to the great monuments and moments, readers learn about the establishment of democracy, daily life, and festivals in Athens and government, legal systems, daily life, religion in Rome plus many other topics. This is an outstanding book. Peter Connolly and Hazel Dodge. Oxford University Press. 256 pages.