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
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Published May 26th 2009 by Europa Editions (first published May 26th 2007)
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S©aP
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...more
Sjo
Aug 18, 2009 Sjo rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
Roberta
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
Susan
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...more
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
Joel
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...more
Jose
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...more
Theut
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...
Adam
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
Ang
I sorta want everyone to read this book, even though there's no way everyone would enjoy this book. I mostly found it charming, especially being the Italophile that I am, though it got slightly draggy by the end of the "day" (as I kind of imagine any Roman's day might!). It definitely made me long to be back in Rome, and every few pages sent me scurrying to Google to look at pictures of porticos and basilicas and fora and obelisks and triumphal arches and insulae and even Roman womens' undergarm...more
Martin Gibbs
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.
Hannah Notess
Highly recommended if you want to irritate a person you live with by beginning all of your sentences with "Did you know that in Ancient Rome blah blah blah?"

I found this compulsively readable. I love history, I just never care about how so and so conquered so and so on such and such a date, and instead I want to know things like:

How did they go to the bathroom?
How did they deal without electricity?
How did they eat lying down?
How did they give birth?
How did they bathe?
Why did they hang little pe...more
Emanuela
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.
Ed
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.
Voynovus
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).
Niki Costantini
La valutazione più giusta per questo libro è proprio "così-così". Piacevole lettura in qualche punto, abbastanza noiosetto in molti altri, è un libro tutto sommato trascurabile. L'idea era buona: descrivere una giornata dell'antica Roma "in diretta"; peccato che A.A. non si sia saputo staccare dallo stile televisivo e abbia lasciato il tutto a un livello molto superficiale; avrei voluto saperne molto di più. Ne sarebbe uscito un bel libro se avesse saputo coniugare lo stile semplice e immediato...more
Lacharas
Premettendo che:
1) Amo Alberto Angela e lo vorrei sposare (non si accettano commenti in proposito... ^^)
2) Sono appassionata di storia, e in particolare di Roma antica.
Questo libro mi è piaciuto moltissimo; è divertente e originale l'approccio scelto, ovvero mostrare la città nelle sue attività quotidiane nel corso di una giornata del 115 d.C., come se fossimo dei turisti a passeggio per le strade affollate. Dalle ore che precedono l'alba a notte fonda, affrontiamo gli aspetti principali (e s...more
ApettaVale
Avevo molte aspettative per questo libro ma mi ha deluso tantissimo..
Indubbiamente è interessante, ma non mi è piaciuto per niente il modo in cui è stato scritto: il tutto è narrato con lo stesso linguaggio che Angela userebbe per fare un documentario, ma sulla pagina scritta non rende per niente e fa sì che la lettura sia scialba; inoltre ci sono punti che rimangono in sospeso, aneddoti che vengono introdotti e non finiti lasciando il lettore a bocca asciutta, il tutto contornato da molti conc...more
Serge Pierro
As a huge "fan" of Ancient Rome, I was delighted by the amount of information contained within this book! It encompasses a wide range of activities contained within a "standard" day in 115 AD - complete with background details, and analysis on how things differ from contemporary society.

The one area where the book could have been improved upon, would have been to include more illustrations. The artwork included was nice, but there just wasn't enough of them to do the book justice.

Recommended...more
Keeyon Upkins
This was a good overview of what ancient Rome was like. The English translation contained its fair share of typos, but those are easy enough to ignore since it did not make reading the book any more difficult. The presentation was based on the hours of the day. Therefore, the reader begins prior to dawn and ends around midnight. After finishing the book, I feel I have a fairly decent mental picture of what the average Roman city would have looked like and how it functioned. Easy and pretty fun r...more
Kara

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...more
Pasteurisiert
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...more
Jenny Brown
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...more
Sara
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
Leandra
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...more
David
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
sabisteb
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...more
•Anna•
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...more
Luca Mauri
Il testo rispetta le promesse fatte nel titolo: si tratta di una narrazione minuziosa della vita in una giornata 'normale' nell'antica Roma. Da un certo punto di vista la narrazione �� limitata, nel senso che tratta di argomenti molto terra e terra e solo per quanto riguarda l'area metropolitana della Citt��: i riferimenti all'Impero sono ridotti al minimo possibile. Questa caratteristica pu�� essere considerata un limite cos�� come un punto di forza del libro. La vita del cosiddetto popolino pu...more
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