Roman Woodworking


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Roger B. Ulrich


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A comprehensive exploration of woodworking in the ancient Roman world
“A valuable overview in English of how the Romans used wood in objects great and small, humble and grand.”—Richard F. Liebhart, American Journal of Archaeology

This book presents an authoritative and detailed survey of the art of woodworking in the ancient Roman world. Illustrated with over 200 line drawings and photographs, Roman Woodworking covers topics such as the training and guild memberships of Roman carpenters, woodworking tools and techniques, the role of timber in construction and the availability of trees, and interior woodwork and furniture making. It also includes an extensive glossary of fully defined terms.
This comprehensive book displays the accomplishment of the Roman woodworkers and their high skill and knowledge of materials and tools. Ulrich helps bring to light the importance of wooden projects and structures in Roman daily life and provides a wealth of information not only for classicists but also for those interested in the history of technology and the history of woodworking.

Roger B. Ulrich is professor of Classics at Dartmouth College and lives in Hanover, NH.

"This book will be the standard reference for students and scholars seeking either a broad understanding of ancient woodworking or specifics relating to it."—Rabun Taylor, author of Roman Builders: A Study in Architectural Process

“An excellent resource for anyone seeking information on this important topic. . . . Essential reading for students of ancient construction practices and furnishings.”—Barbara A. Barletta, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

“An excellent and valuable contribution to the history of Roman woodworking. . . . This fine piece of scholarship is based on 10 years of site and museum visits and discussions with craftsmen and professional colleagues. The engaging and readable book is replete with examples of woodworking technology and craftsmanship illustrated with pertinent photographs taken by the author.”—Stuart G. Stearns, New England Classical Journal

“The author’s combined knowledge of Latin, archaeology, and woodworking enabled him to glean valuable information from ancient literary sources and provided him with incredible insight when interpreting archaeological remains and Roman painting and sculpture. . . . An indispensable resource for scholars and the general public. . . . Highly recommended.”—C. A. Ventura, Choice

“Ulrich aims to present the material in a way that nonspecialists can understand, without simplifying the issues or technical aspects of the subject. This new book will also engage the specialist, bringing up-to-date many of the discussions concerning ancient woodworking, and also presenting many of Ulrich’s own views on some difficult and occasionally controversial topics. . . . A valuable overview in English of how the Romans used wood in objects great and small, humble and grand. ”—Richard F. Liebhart, American Journal of Archaeology

“An important resource for scholars of the ancient world, a resource richer than its conventional size and simple title imply. . . . One handy volume containing a wealth of information on the subject of ancient Roman wood.”—Nayla Kabazi Muntasser, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
ISBN: 9780300199840
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
400 pages, 7 x 10
205 b/w illus.