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A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome by Alberto Angela
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Jan 28, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: read-in-2009

Reads like the script for a television documentary. Very simple sentence structure. Perhaps some translation problems, though that wouldn't account for the lack of literary-ness.

More a cultural artifact for people a couple hundred years from now to understand what our minds were interested in: sex, public health, public housing, slaves, personal hygiene, alcohol, food, bathing.

Bit simplistic without any major philosophical discussions comparing and contrasting the Roman Empire with our times.

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message 1: by Nancy (new)

Nancy This is not a book about Roman philosophy. It is exactly what it says it is: a book about what it was like to get through a day in early-2nd-century Rome. I'm not sure why this reviewer feels food, sex, slaves, bathing customs, etc., are unworthy of our attention--aren't archeologists and other serious scholars interested in these topics, too? If serious Stoic thinker and statesman Seneca could write a whole letter in the 1st century about how slaves are treated, maybe it's o.k. that Angela writes about them as well! This is a fascinating book for people interested in the nuts and bolts of daily life, written for the general public.

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