An accessible overview of an ancient civilization in the ""Cultural Atlas for Young People"" series, destined to entertain as it very readably informs. Corbishley's chatty, fluid writing is at home in this format, in which each spread presents one idea--the disastrous end of Pompeii; the construction of roads and other communication networks; a timeline of emperors; the famed aquaducts and elaborate bathhouses; or descriptions and dress of Roman men and women. The first section here covers ""The History of the Empire,"" with maps keyed into each page's topic. The second section, ""The Geography of the Empire,"" provides a region-by-region look at how the Romans used, changed, or adapted to the land they conquered. Like the publisher's similar series for adults, this is a glossy chronicle of ideas and images. Photos and illustrations; table of dates; glossary; further reading; gazeteer; index.