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From the Publisher"No-one could accuse Jerry Toner of a lack of empathy with thosewho take centre stage in his gripping new study ... He makesexcellent use of Roman jokes, such as those collected in thePhilogelos, which steps lightly through the misfortunes oflife, from filthy streets to child mortality."
London Review of Books
"A spirited, engaging and politically committed introduction tothe culture of the 'non-elite' in the Roman Empire. Toner'sachievement is to open up the world of the Roman tavern, ratherthan the senate house; the world of the garret rather than thevilla."
Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement
"Plenty of vivid detail, with more laughter, tears and fartingthan most books on 'everyday life' in Rome. It is a rollicking readand wears its considerable scholarship lightly."
European Review of History
"This is a marvellous book on a neglected subject. On the basisof a rich mosaic of documents supplemented by comparative evidence,Toner has produced a sharply analytical reading of popular culturein Rome, which is both very instructive and highlyentertaining."
Peter Garnsey, University of Cambridge
"Toner presents an intellectually courageous account ofRoman popular culture that will engage the imaginative sympathiesof scholar and general reader alike. This is a brisk,accessible study, rich in data and conceptuallywell-informed."
Thomas Habinek, University of Southern California