Daily Life In Ancient Rome - The People And The City At The Height Of The Empire

Daily Life In Ancient Rome - The People And The City At The Height Of The Empire

by Jerome Carcopino

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ISBN-13: 9781406761436
Publisher: Carcopino Press
Publication date: 03/15/2007
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.84(d)

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Daily Life in Ancient Rome: The People and the City at the Height of the Empire 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
haeesh on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Originally written before the 2nd World War, this charming look at daily life at the city of Rome covers all aspects including bathing and eating. The author has a moralizing tone: he is imbued with Christian values and what we call nowadays "the protestant work ethic". In the last paragraph of his book he states: "The pictures of Petronius, the Epigrams of Martial, the Satires of Juvenal only too clearly impress upon us all the sordid and depraved side of Roman life...;" and how wonderful it could be when "and above all in those serene "agapes" where the Christians lifted up their hearts in the joy of knowing the divine presence in their midst."He informs us that the ancients by any standards were lazy, randy, gluttonous and barely employed. The author finds this appalling, however appealing it would be to early 21st century man! Perhaps it's just a little too old, but if you want to know about what was going on in Rome at the height of empire you may wish to start here. Plenty of spicy quotes by Martial, Juvenal and that ultimate nouveau riche Trimalchio--the gods bless his fictitious soul!
bks1953 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A fascinating book, but definitely a scholarly/academic work; very thorough but a little bit on the dry side.
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