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Popular Culture in Ancient Rome

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Most people in the Roman world did not belong to the elite. Much ancient history, however, has focused on the lives, politics and culture of the minority elite. This book helps redress the balance and builds a vivid account of the everyday lives of the masses, including their social and family life, leisure and religious beliefs.
Paperback, 253 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Polity Press (first published 2009)
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Bonnie_blu
Oct 11, 2016 Bonnie_blu rated it it was amazing
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This is a wonderful look into the lives of "all of the others" in ancient Rome. Toner's thorough investigation and very approachable style draw the reader into the world of slaves, women, the poor, and those that are making ends meet, but can be easily plunged into poverty. However this is not a depressing work. Toner includes humor, the supernatural, and other aspects of life in order give a fully realized portrait of the non-elite. The book is the first I have read that truly brings the lives ...more
Les
Mar 05, 2016 Les rated it really liked it
This is a lively and well written look at popular culture. The author doesn't get too bogged down with late 20th century cultural theories, but does have enough analysis to satisfy the common reader. What is most interesting is the wide range of cultural practices he surveys, only natural considering the scope of the Roman Empire and the length of time it lasted. Everything you would expect is there -- gladiators, slaves, class conflict, Eastern mystery religions, etc. but also some particularly ...more
Kathy  Petersen
Ponderous and scholarly, Popular Culture in Ancient Rome is nonetheless a most interesting and far-reaching investigation of how the general populace
(Toner calls them the "non-elite") lived and laughed - and survived.
Alfonso
Dec 23, 2013 Alfonso rated it it was ok
Libro acerca de la cultura popular de la antigua Roma. Qué comían, pensaban, creían. Una interesante lectura.
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