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A really good overview on what kept Romans ticking in their day to day lives: food, sex, houses, gardens, music....You can find specific reading on each of these things, and more, but for a beginning breakdown of rethinking Roman culture, this is a great place to start. I copied his bibliography to go over at a later date and see if there's more to explore. I already own Sex Life in Ancient Greece and Rome. A great book, but it also looks wonderful on the bookshelf. Ignore "that" one.
This was pretty a interesting read. This book not only talks of the excesses of the sexual kind, (those naughty Romans!), but also talks of their enjoyment with wines, food,(and unlike SNL's skits, there really WEREN'T any "vomitoriums") art, architecture, violence (the lions, animals in the amphitheatre pitted against slaves, enemies) A VERY interesting read.