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Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  280 ratings  ·  37 reviews
A time-traveler's guide to sightseeing, shopping, and survival in the city of the Caesars.
Welcome to Rome, city of the Caesars! This informative and entertaining guide provides everything that any tourist needs for a journey back in time to ancient Rome in AD 200. All you need is your imagination and a toothbrush--this book does the rest, describing all the best places to
Hardcover, 143 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Thames & Hudson (first published 2007)
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This was a fun book, but not especially informative - as a previous reviewer said, the author is attempting to cover hundreds of years of history, which doesn't allow for in-depth coverage. I do like the way it's written though, as an 'ancient roman' travel guide similar to the Fodor's or Frommer's guides today. And definitely check out the list of useful phrases in the very back of the book - it made me laugh out loud; want to learn how to say a quote from Winnie the Pooh in latin? This is your ...more
Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day makes me want to strap on my petasus and head for the hills of Rome. This is the Rough Guide to a rough town, teeming with brigands, cutpurses, rowdies, hooligans, poop, prostitutes, and wacked out emperors. I loved every page. Matyszak's silly at times, but he's nearly always informative, and his little book did more to bring ancient Rome to life for me than all of Livy's decades or Cicero's long-winded orations. What you get in this book is Rome at its greate ...more
Pete daPixie
Think I maybe slightly over generous with four stars here, but it's Sunday and the sky is blue. However, I did really like this one, though it is only just over 130 pages. Published in 2007,
Philip Matyszak's book is a travel guide for the pilgrim of around 200ad. So this is a funny, tongue in cheek, time travellers guide to the eternal city. Replete with all the standard guide booky info and advice on safe travel, where to buy, where to eat, best places to stay, what to wear and with latin phras
Anna Maria Ballester Bohn
Very fun. Even for people like me who really couldn't care less about life in ancient Rome.
Sep 02, 2014 Arne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, but perhaps teachers will enjoy this even more for students
So, you might find history slightly boring (Okay, admittedly I don't), but give this book a shot. Its not like a regular old textbook, always ready to swamp your brain with facts and piles of numbers. Instead this book prepares to engage you as if you were one of the ancient people of the time visiting the magnificent city Rome for the first time.

Its a factious guidebook for Rome, but written with respect to historical sources and paints an accurate picture of how the Romans lived. Functioning a
This is a fun little book that's meant to give a small amount of insight into Roman culture. It's for the person who has very little understanding of how much the ancient world was similar to our modern world. If you want a definitive book of Roman culture, this is not your book. Treat this as a brief introduction.
I enjoyed this book so much, it was informative, historically accurate and funny!
The author takes us on a trip to Rome in the year AD 200, it is a place where a traveller really needs to keep his wits about him as at the very least he may be cheated or robbed at worst attacked and killed. Knowing where to go was the most important thing and if you had no one to advise you (there was no Trip Adviser in those days), you could end up in some very undesirable accommodation eating some very suspect f
Chad Tronetti
Matyszak takes us on a nice little voyage of ancient Rome circa 200 A.D., from the perspective of a foreign tourist. We have here a highly readable and entertaining journey pieced together through archeological and literary recourses, yet void of the dry, white-washed fact sifting of a scholorly text. Matyszak has filtered the facts through his own imagination and painted for us a nice little snap-shot of Rome.
A good read for the layman or a Romaphile wanting to step back and view the ancient c
Rom für 5 Denar am Tag ist ein als Reiseführer getarntes Geschichtsbuch. In diesem "Reiseführer" für das Rom des Jahren 200 n. Chr. wird auf genau die gleichen Dinge eingegangen wie in einem modernen Reiseführer: Reisevorbereitungen, die beste Unterkunft und worauf man achten sollte, Sehenswürdigkeiten und Rundgänge, Shopping Guide, kulturelle Besonderheiten...
Belegt werden viele Hinweise und Erzählungen durch antike Zitate und archäologische Funde. Statt der in normalen Reiseführern üblichen Fo
For what this author set out to accomplish this is a entertaining and some what educational book. Written in a manner similar to a Fodor's Guide to Disney or France, the books highlights the history if Rome, the cultural nuances, and the must-see sites.

In away this book is both humorous and educational, but it lacks the depth of most other history books. It also doesn't clearly layout when events occurred, making it hard to differentiate between important events in the republic and this that oc
I think I've discovered a genre I adore: humorous time-traveler's guides. I was easy prey for this book.

Its breezy format is no substitute for actual research, of course, but it's quite readable in little snippets that often invoke laughter. Learn how to behave as a guest in a Roman's house; read random, amusing trivia ("The Roman aristocrat Clodius once bribed a jury so shamelessly that when he was acquitted the judge sarcastically asked the jury if they required an armed escort to get their bo
Loved the cleverness of making Ancient Rome a traveller's book. Very entertaining read!
This book is written like a travel guide to Rome in circa 200 A.C. It's humorous in style, and there are many good quotes by famous Romans. Photographs, CGI and drawings illustrate the glories of the great city. There is a map, a collection of Latin phrases (Fortesse, haec olim meminisse nobis iuvabit = Maybe one day we'll look back at this and laugh), and many interesting facts called Res Romae, which are sprinkled throughout the book. I would recommend it for history buffs, tourists and anyone ...more
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Mar 21, 2010 Leandra rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Rome travellers
I bought this for my Rome-holiday, and it was even more awesome than I thought it could be.

The book is essentially a travel guide for a Rome traveller visiting Rome 200 A.C. - Matzysak fills his descriptions of ancient Rome with a multitude of information, but manages to stay incredibly funny while doing so. This was the perfect read during our holidays - we read it in the evening in bed, we took it with us to the sights.

Very recommendable.
Pat Mizell
I rate a book on whether it accomplished it's purpose, the reader knew what that purpose was beforehand, and enjoyed reading it. I thought it was a hoot. The wonderful thing about Dr. Matyszak's books is that you can enjoy and learn. And have some grins along the way. I would love to take this book, walk up to a traffic cop in Rome, and point down at an establishment; then ask directions.

See, Phillip, I can stir things up to. On to Mithradates now.
A travel guide that takes you not only through space, but time as well! It's a guide to Rome in the 2nd Century CE and if I could go back... this would be an essential part of my carry-on luggage. This is a great book for people who want to know more about life in ancient Rome, whether they are scholars or just folks inspired by the recent HBO series. [return][return]It's a fun read and the Useful Latin Phrases in the back of the book are a hoot!
A fun little book in the form of a modern-day travel guide to the ancient city of Rome, circa AD 200, with information for the traveler on how to get there, where to stay, dining out, shopping, entertainment, "must-see" sights, and useful Latin phrases for a variety of situations including Vel vinum mihi da, vel nummos mihi redde (I want my wine or my money back) and Noli me tangere (Get your hands off of me).
Nov 30, 2009 Menno marked it as to-read
This travel guide is a peoples' history in disguise. It is concerned with the details of daily life such as what to eat, where to stay, and what sights to see for a visitor to ancient Rome. These sorts of details are often overlooked in the more traditional histories. And it will come in really handy if I decide to do some time traveling.
Jul 06, 2009 hexaspir rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: travellers to Rome
Shelves: hist-0000-1500
I used this during my latest visit to Rome to make ancient Rome more vivid for my (adult) travelling partner. We would sit down at points of interest (Colosseum, Forum Romanum, Circus Maximus, ...) and I would read out related passages from the book. Highly recommended to bring ancient Rome back to life while you are there.
Such a fun book. It makes one actually wish they were on a tour of ancient Rome. This book is even better if you are planning on visiting Rome in the near future as it gives you a completely different perspective on the city. Easily can be read multiple times.
Cute idea to structure it as a travel guide. It makes it much more readable than Lionel Casson's 'Travel in the Ancient World' where he seems to get a lot of his information. In fact they use a many of the exact same excerpts from primary documents.
Kirsty Gray
I thought this was an enjoyable if somewhat fluffy look at classical Rome - which from the title is exactly what I expected. A quick and easy read in preparation for doing some actual study on this topic.
Fun to read through, and to get a glimpse of Romans as they were as regular people, and not as we tend to elevate them. Not something you'll learn terribly much from, but it's a joy to read.
An entertaining and informative take on the ancient culture of Rome. Also a great, handy source for quick reference for historical fiction writing or historical role-play.
A very fun little book. Covers many aspects of typical Roman life (circa early-mid empire) which are not usually covered by more standard roman texts.
Written in the style of a contemporary travel guide this book provides a general but fun introduction to what life in Rome was like almost 2,000 years ago.
A very entertaining introduction to the sights and culture of Rome at the height of the Roman empire.
The title's a little disingenuous: you could actually get by in ancient Rome on around three denarii a day.
It really makes history come alive! The Coliseum and aqueducts weren't ALWAYS in ruins, you know...
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