Life in Ancient Rome

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Penguin, Feb 1, 1976 - History - 207 pages
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Examines the daily lives of ancient Romans, including their social customs, religion, food, recreation, home life, and politics.
 

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Amazing book! Good for research!

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A reviewer below challenges the accuracy of this fine volume because it references corn. I challenge that reviewer's grasp of English, as "corn" has been British English for grain in general for centuries. It's a very old Indo-European word, cognate with the German Korn.
So...disregard that reviewer. This is a well-written book that is appropriate for students in middle school -- many books on Roman culture delve a bit too far into their violent and sexual practices. This one however addresses these issues by neither whitewashing nor painting too colorful of a picture.
For older readers, it's a delight -- well-written prose rich with details and contrasts with later historical periods.
 

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
11
Tabularium and ascending the steps of the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus Facing
19
The atrium or central courtyard of a Roman house
20
Hypocaust system of central heating
22
Chair
25
Roman lighting
27
Braziers
28
Earthenware cups and dishes
29
SLAVERY
95
Sale of a foreign slave
96
A rich lady being carried in a litter
99
An aqueduct
101
Slave driving his masters coach
104
Manumission or ceremonial freeing of a slave
107
Chapter Page
111
Carriers waggon leaving a winemerchants shop
113

Jewellery
31
A peristyle
33
GROWING UP IN ANCIENT ROME
35
Lararium or shrine of the Lor familiaris
38
Schoolmaster flogging a pupil
43
A banker
49
A schoolroom scene Facing
52
1822 Some coins of the early Empire Facing
53
FAMILY LIFE
55
Wedding ceremony
58
A baker and his wife Facing
60
A welltodo lady being dressed by her slave girls Facing
61
Beauty aids
65
Bronze handmirror
66
Beards of the second century A D and the late Republic
68
Fullers at work
70
Full Roman dress
72
Military dress
74
Glassware
79
A Roman kitchen
81
Kitchen utensils
83
Bronze urn
85
Earthenware jars for storing wine and oil
87
Small winetable
89
Part of a funeral procession
92
Tombs of eminent citizens
93
Columbaria
94
A barge laden with wine being towed up the Tiber from OstiatoRome
115
Loading a barge at Ostia
116
Ass and slaves at work in a flour mill
121
A pharmacy Facing
124
The Forum Trajani the market built by the Emperor Trajan in A D 114 Facing
125
A cobbler
126
A bakers shop Facing
132
The interior of the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus Facing
133
A selection of surgical instruments
134
Grain measures
137
An inn scene
140
LEISURE HOURS
142
The frigidarium of the Baths of Caracalla
144
Bathers wrestling in a palaestra
146
Masseurs oilcontainer strigils and oilpan
147
A dinner party
149
647 Roman silverware of the second century A D Facing
152
The triclinium of the Palace of Domitian Facing
153
Silver cup
154
Womens hair styles
157
Street musicians and musical instruments
160
An orator
162
Writing equipment
164
vn RELIGION
180
CHRONOLOGICAL SUMMARY
197
INDEX
203
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