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A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome

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The roar of frenzied spectators inside the Coliseum during a battle between gladiators. A crowd of onlookers gathered around a slave driver. The wondrous plenty of banquets where flamingos are roasted whole and wine flows like rivers. The silence of the baths and the boisterous taverns . . . Many books have dealt with the history of ancient Rome, but none has been able to ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Europa Editions (first published May 26th 2007)
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Jun 24, 2014 S©aP rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storia, 2000
Il successo di questi libri, e dei relativi documentari, è la prova che di tale divulgazione c'è necessità, e sete. Tra l'atteggiamento scontato dell'istruzione scolastica e quello auto-referente, lontano e concettuoso, delle Accademie, resta uno spazio vuoto, un silenzio, occupato dalla curiosità di molti. Angela lo riempie. Meritoriamente.
Non è un libro esaustivo. Non dice tutto. In qualche (raro) caso l'informazione resta vagamente imprecisa. Ma nel suo genere è ben fatto. È descrittivo e ac
Aug 18, 2009 Sjo rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Maybe it's pulp, and maybe there might be some looseness in terms of prose...but the book gives you everything you're seeking in the title. Set in one 24 hour period in 115 AD Rome, under Emperor Trajan, at the height of the Roman empire, the reader time travels to a 'typical' (in a Jack Bauer sort of way) day into the gory details of everyday living for the Roman citizen. What's for breakfast? (a huge meal with last night's left overs, and some fruit, cheese, bread, honey, milk etc. coffee hasn ...more
Steven Peterson
Jul 25, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing
This wonderful little work provides a fascinating way of learning about daily life in ancient Rome, based on the best knowledge of historians--by taking an hour by hour look at what the Romans do. The depiction of the day takes place in 115 AD, under the reign of the Emperor Trajan. After a very brief examination of the era 19-21, we begin with life a few hours before dawn. Streets are dark--as are houses. When night fell, darkness reigned in Rome; very few homes had lanterns or other forms of l ...more
Петър Стойков
Книги и филми за древния Рим има колкото щеш - и исторически, и литературна измислица, и археологически, със снимки и без. Интернетът е пълен със снимки на останалите древноримски руини. Направо ти писва по едно време.

Как обаче са живели римляните в най-големия град на света? Какво са обличали, какво са хапвали на път за работа, какви неприлични изрази са били надраскани по стените на обществените тоалетни?

Алберто Анжела успява да ни представи улиците на древния Рим така картинно, сякаш ги вижд
Aug 13, 2016 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storia, favorites
Io adoro quest’uomo! Alberto Angela con questo libro riesce a farmi provare la sensazione di trovarmi nella Roma di Traiano, in una giornata qualsiasi dell’anno 115 d.C. La narrazione comincia al principio di un’ipotetica giornata, e attraverso ciascun capitolo viene trattato un determinato tema: la struttura di una domus piuttosto che di un’insula, l’abbigliamento, il cibo, la vita (e la morte) dei gladiatori nel Colosseo, la schiavitù, le terme e i bagni pubblici, la giustizia, i costumi sessu ...more
Mar 18, 2015 Joel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
I love the approach this book takes. The author tells us about everyday life in ancient Rome by following the course of a typical day (he chooses a day in 115 AD, when the Roman Empire was at its height), describing the activities people would have been engaged in hour by hour. He covers upper class citizens, lower class, merchants, slaves; home life, commerce, entertainment, grooming, food... a very broad overview.

If I had to make a criticism here, it would be that the book's focus on a single
Apr 19, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
The book was good or bad depending on what you want from it. If you're a serious student of Rome, Alberto Angela is not going to give you much to use in a research project. He hardly ever gives details about his sources, whether they be quotes from Juvenal or Horace, or research theories from a modern Italian classicist. Most of his sources are one researcher, so the diversity of opinions isn't great either.

The publishers didn't opt to put in maps or many pictures, both of which would have been
Hristina Ivanova
Jul 26, 2016 Hristina Ivanova rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, historical
I've been eyeing this book for several years and never got round to reading it until now. I must say, I'm impressed. Very well written, humorous, educational, intriguing. It offers an insight into Rome's everyday life and, what's more, it's based on thorough research and scientific evidence. I really liked the fact that the author constantly mentions where every piece of information comes from- either from a historical source, written evidence or artefacts.
I would strongly reccomend this book no
Martin Gibbs
Oct 15, 2014 Martin Gibbs rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-ancient
This was a great, quick read, even given the flaws and the lack of any visuals. Rome was such a large city, even then, that a map would have been really helpful in following along. It was basically a pulp rad dressed up as history, but, seeing at it was on display at a Border's (now out of business), I really didn't expect much more.

A good read for a long plane ride, or a great start for someone beginning to dig into Roman history.
Jun 19, 2016 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bellissimo. Non avevo mai letto nulla di Alberto Angela, ma l'ho trovato uno dei migliori libri che io abbia mai letto nel 2016.
Alberto Angela riesce a farti entrare in un mondo ormai perso per sempre, a farti vivere momenti ormai scomparsi e a farti sentire la mancanza di quei momenti, di quelle persone, di quella cultura, di quella vita che ti presenta.
L'ho terminato con una punta di amarezza, proprio perchè il mio viaggio era giunto al termine.
4 stelle.
Mercedes Rochelle
Oct 01, 2016 Mercedes Rochelle rated it really liked it
A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome can be taken essentially as a written TV documentary. In fact, author Alberto Angela is in the television business which takes him around the world, making him a very cosmopolitan tour guide. He brings his skills to this interesting day-long trip through Trajan’s Rome at the height of the empire, c.115 CE (AD is no longer politically correct). Alberto takes an unusual approach, but it really worked for me. We are strangers—almost ghosts—who start walking through ...more
Apr 12, 2015 Tripfiction rated it it was amazing
Historic novel set in Rome (an account of life in everyday 115 AD)

On a recent trip to Rome I decided to take “A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome” by Alberto Angela. The author’s objective is to “make the ruins of ancient Rome live again through an account of everyday life …” In other words, what might it have felt like to walk down the ancient streets, what did the average Roman hear, see and smell? We are taken back to 115 AD (the author prefers to use the terms BCE – Before the Common Era which
Кремена Михайлова
Чудесно четиво за дните преди, по време и след пътуване в Рим. Разходка сред тълпата на Форума, подземните коридори на Колизеума, шишенцата с мазилата на масажистите, дори шкафчетата с подправки в домовете на хората. Мода, власт, секс, култове... Преди 2000 години или сега?! Дори жегата и екзотичната растителност са си все там. Самият град "говори" и сега за тези отминали времена. Затова изцяло повярвах на книгата. И съм човек, който много не се интересува от история. Рим ме привлече към история ...more
Sep 13, 2010 Jose rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to visit Rome this summer and it quickly became my favorite city on the planet. The huge monuments and relics of unbelievable beauty often made me daydream about what ancient Rome must have been like. I kept saying to my wife, "Oh wow can you imagine how this temple must have looked, how it must have felt to see all this marble and columns, it's like our version of heaven!".
This book does a fantastic job doing just this, bringing ancient Rome back to life. Alberto Angela does
Jul 17, 2009 Adam rated it it was amazing
I like this book because Mr. Angela knows how to give the people what they want. He covers the pedestrian details of ancient roman life that we all want to know but probably don't: where did they sleep? what did they eat for lunch? what did the city look like? ... and also the really shocking/interesting things we might not: how were slaves treated? what were executions and gladiator battles like? what did they think about sex? Somehow he manages to keep the whole thing tasteful and entertaining ...more
Mar 29, 2012 Emanuela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi è piaciuto il tentativo di Angela di sostituirsi alla videocamera e di accompagnarci nella Roma di Traiano. All'inizio sembra una favoletta ma non mancano capitoli scabrosi, come prevedibile, e piccanti.
L'ho scelto da leggere durante un lungo viaggio in macchina; ha assolto egregiamente il suo compito.
Jun 24, 2014 Theut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Godibilissimo libro sulla vita nell'antica Roma: Angela (Alberto) da vita a una giornata all'epoca di Traiano, approfondendo alcuni aspetti della vita pubblica e di quella privata. Il risultato è un libro gradevole e ben documentato (grazie Diana per il consiglio!).
... per tutto il tempo ho letto il libro immaginando la sua voce...
Dec 02, 2009 Ed rated it really liked it
It's written from a present-tense, "you are there" point of view and is the adult version of those "Life In Ancient Rome/Greece" books you read when you were a kid. Fascinating details emerge during your 24-hour visit. Urine is a quite versatile fluid.
Dec 21, 2013 Voynovus rated it really liked it
Думата "луканка" била латинска... 295-а стр.

Приятно и полезно ретиво като цяло, макар малко да дразни желанието на автора да оправдава римляните за ексцесиите им и да доказва превъзходство в модерен контекст (плоски заяждания с Франция на едно-две места).
Noemi La Gatta
Nov 01, 2015 Noemi La Gatta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro ti fa veramente respirare l'aria dell'antica Roma!
La lettera ricorda molto un documentario televisivo proprio come "Ulisse" e "Passaggio a nord ovest"
Apr 28, 2015 Just_a_dreamer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Con Alberto Angela non c'è affatto bisogno di una macchina del tempo. La macchina del tempo è la nostra mente che compie un viaggio nella Roma di Traiano, carica di profumi, sapori, emozioni.
Josephine Sciortino
Oct 09, 2016 Josephine Sciortino rated it liked it
Interesting historical facts...the translation was tough to get through at times. The book would have benefited from an English editor.

Good concept overall. I would recommend the book.
Mar 19, 2011 sabisteb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sachbuch
Rom an einem ganz normalen Tag im Jahre 115 n. Chr. Das Imperium hat den Höhepunkt seiner Macht erreicht und Rom, die ewige Stadt ist der Nabel der Welt.
Alberto Angela ist Fernsehmoderator, und das merkt man auch. Der Autor nimmt den Leser mit auf eine Reise durch das normale, alltägliche Leben im alten Rom. Dabei ist das Buch eingeteilt in Stunden, so dass der Leser das tägliche Leben von 6 Uhr morgens bis 24:00 Uhr abends kennenlernt und anhand des normalen Tagesablaufs in der ewigen Stadt und
Jul 24, 2011 Pasteurisiert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In diesem Buch sind Archäologie und Geschichte schön verpackt in einen informationsreichen Spaziergang durch das Alte Rom. Mehr als eine Stadtführung für Touristen.

Wie lebten die Römer vor 2000 Jahren in Rom? Wie wohnten die Armen, wie wurden die Bürger von Miet-Haien abgezockt? Was bedeutete es wirklich Sklave zu sein und warum würde sich Sklaverei heute nicht rentieren in den Industrienationen?

Diese und viele andere Fragen beantwortet Alberto Angela. Er beschreibt Gladiatorenkämpfe aus der Sic
Jenny Brown
Oct 27, 2011 Jenny Brown rated it liked it
An enjoyable, imaginative read that does feel like a quick tour around Trajan's Rome. I'd like to give 3 1/2 stars but Goodreads won't allow it.

I had originally liked this book a lot better, until the author repeated as historical fact the Church line about Nero persecuting Christians in the arena. That made me wonder about the quality of the author's research, since there's good evidence that the reports of the persecutions were created, centuries after the fact, by monks who inserted them into
Nov 08, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saggi, favorites
E' azzeccata l'idea del figlio di Quark di portarci a spasso per le vie di Roma, immergendoci nell'atmosfera quotidiana della capitale di duemila anni fa. Con stile giornalistico e piglio efficace ci mette di fronte ad una realtà a tratti simile e diversissima dalla nostra, soprattutto per la mentalità e la mancanza di pietà. Dopo aver apprezzato il pragmatismo e l'ingegnosità dei nostri antenati, il cosmopolitismo e la perizia architettonica, il senso della giustizia e un concetto di società in ...more
Feb 21, 2014 Kara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history-ancient

From pre-dawn to midnight, Angela takes the reader on a tour of Rome in the 2nd century, bringing it to vibrant life, showcasing the best, the worst, and the ordinary parts of the heart of the Roman Empire.

From sumptuous town houses to the worst of the tenant sublets, from high-ranking politicians to the most low ranking slaves, all levels of the social and economic scale are examined. The food, the living conditions, the varying levels of hygiene, and the amazing cosmopolitan center that house
Jun 07, 2013 •Anna• rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il fascino irresistibile dell'antica Roma.

Alberto Angela non delude nè sugli schermi, nè sui libri.
Grazie alla particolare cura per i dettagli, chiunque legga questo libro-documentario non ha bisogno di munirsi di fervida immaginazione, perchè tutto è talmente minuzioso che risulta impossibile non immergersi completamente nell'epoca in cui la città eterna ha vissuto il suo massimo splendore (come ci ricorda continuamente Angela, siamo sotto Traiano, nel 115 d.C.).
Sono riemerse abitudini e modi d
Apr 26, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
No matter how many textbooks, maps, or reconstructions of ancient Rome you look at, there are always questions that linger. Alberto Angela answers those questions in this superb book. What did it feel like to live in the top story of a Roman apartment building? What did it sound and smell like in an imperial bath house? How did they go to the bathroom? What was the Roman attitude toward sex? Reading this book made me feel like I was actually spending a day in AD 115 Rome and gave me a whole new ...more
Apr 04, 2010 Leandra rated it liked it
I bought this book at the Termini in Rome, because I needed something to read on my nighttrain home. It definitely fulfilled my wish to read about daily life in ancient Rome, and it was a quick, quiet satisfying read. Angela fills his book with an abudance of facts and anecdotes, and he's an amusing narrator. You learn a lot about ancient Rome. The book might be ideal for teenagers who want to learn about this time.

That said, the book has a couple of weaknesses. Because Angela is no scientist, y
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Alberto Angela is an Italian paleontologist and scientific popularizer.

He accompanied his father, the well-known Italian TV announcer Piero Angela, on his trips ever since he was a child, something that allowed him to learn many European languages and to acquire a cosmopolitan culture. After being a student in France, he enrolled in a course of Natural Sciences at the University "La Sapienza" of R
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