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Daily Life in Ancient Rome

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This book, now available in paperback, concerns the everyday private and public lives of the citizens of ancient Rome. Drawing on a broad selection of contemporary sources, the author examines the institutions, actions and rituals of day to day life.
Published October 20th 1994 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 1993)
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Mark Freckleton
Mar 12, 2010 Mark Freckleton rated it it was amazing
We all know about the Roman Empire. But the Republic not only sets a better example of nobility and community, but has human figures with stories equally as compelling as during the empire: From Cincinnatus who in 457 BC accepted the Senate's pleas to take on dictatorship in a time of peril, then relinquished it 16 days later when the danger was past, to Cicero, one of the greatest orators of all time. This book looks at the little things, daily life at home, daily activities in the marketplace, ...more
D.L. Morrese
Mar 30, 2016 D.L. Morrese rated it liked it
Most histories of the Roman Republic cover wars and conquests, roads and architecture. This one tells us about how the people of Rome in the centuries prior to the Empire lived. It may suffer a bit from translation, but it's interesting. Their culture was much different from ours. In some ways, it seems oppressive, barbaric, but in others surprisingly civilized.
Feb 10, 2016 Simona rated it really liked it
A truly enjoyable book. It is not focused on events and dates, but on anecdotes and stories that illustrate the daily life of Romans. It almost reads like a novel. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about Roman customs and traditions particularly during the period of the Roman Republic.
Jul 08, 2013 Skander rated it really liked it
We used this book in an undergraduate course on "Roman Civilization Through Literature" - It contains excerpts from various literary sources that give a window on daily life. I found that approach to be very effective, especially with the quality translations into contemporary English that make it easy to imagine someone today writing very similar passages about modern life.
Jan 07, 2011 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I liked this one - I got it from the library, but would like to own it. Dupont does get inside the Roman mind fairly well. I disagreed with some of her conclusions, and noted a few errors in Latin (e.g. "homini" for "homines," etc.). Highly recommended to Romans and Latinists.
Jun 03, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Informative without being so academic that it wasn't readable. I especially loved the many citations and stories on actual roman citizens to support their assertions on how the roman conducted his daily life.
David Farel
Sep 26, 2012 David Farel rated it really liked it
I didn't know much about ancient Rome, but after reading this book, I'm really interested. Not sure if it's the book or Rome or me, but the book certainly helped.
Aug 18, 2013 Mel rated it it was amazing
This book was very enjoyable and interesting for me and for my 9 year old. It was quite easy and not boring at all. Looved it, would recommend it!
Apr 02, 2011 Daniel rated it really liked it
Shelves: research, non-fiction
Lots of interesting cultural and day to day information about the Roman Republic, NOT the Roman Empire, though.
Marco Amodio
Oct 28, 2012 Marco Amodio rated it really liked it
For those who want more information and tips on the daily life of the Roman Republic, this book is perfect!
Aug 03, 2011 Tony rated it really liked it
Very interesting if you like ancient history - a little hard to read at times though.
May 14, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Clear, concise, all encompassing. Best book I have ever read on ancient Rome.
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