Everyday Life In Ancie...
Everyday Life In Ancient Rome
"This book presents a series of concise sketches of key phases of life in the Roman world during its greatest period, the peaceful and prosperous years of the first and second centuries A.D.: what life was like in the city, in the countryside, on the road; what it was like in the various levels of society... The sketches are fashioned to reveal how the inevitable cycle fro...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 11th 1999 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published 1975)
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Aug 04, 2011 Natalie Wickham rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This book first intrigued me several years ago when I came across it while browsing the shelves of a local bookstore. My upcoming trip to Italy this summer was the impetus I needed to order it and work my way through it. As you read it, you are transported to the streets of the center of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever known. The author discusses a variety of topics and includes illustrations and quotes to make the ancient world come alive to the modern reader. There was a bi...more
What an excellently approachable little foray into the world of second century A.D. Rome. Divided into discreet chapters that treat different aspects of Roman life (e.g. The Soldier, Engineering, &c.) that, to my mind, follow the Girl's Skirt Rule perfectly. What makes this book so interesting, I think, is that it doesn't focus on the monumental personalities whose names we all know (but can say precious little about) and instead focuses on mundane questions of everyday life whose answers, f...more
Lionel Casson was a classicist, professor emeritus at New York University, and a specialist in maritime history.More about Lionel Casson...