Roman life: 100 B.C. to A.D. 200

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Abrams, 2007 - History - 175 pages
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Roman Lifevividly re-creates the lives and experiences of people living in the Roman Empirenot only the super-rich emperors and senators, but also ordinary citizens, merchants, slaves, and freedmen. Lavish, full-color illustrations, many made especially for this volume, invite the reader to explore all aspects of life as seen through Roman eyes, from religion, work, and the military to banqueting, funerals, and public architecture. An interactive CD-ROM provides a virtual exploration of the famous House of the Vettiithe most popular tourist attraction at Pompeiithat allows the user to experience its paintings, sculptures, and gardens as a slave, a client, a guest, or a family member, providing a deeper understanding of the complex culture of the Roman house. No other book has gone so far in bringing the ancient Romans to life in terms the 21st century reader can understand. It turns out that the Romans were both like us and quite different.Roman Lifeoffers a fresh lookstraight onat the many facets of this important world culture, miraculously preserved in its beautiful art and architecture.

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Review: Roman Life: 100 BC to AD 200

User Review  - Jeff Lanter - Goodreads

More of an Art than History book, this book might work well on a coffee table for any fan of Rome and their art. While the art and pictures are high quality, I feel like the actual information in this ... Read full review

Review: Roman Life: 100 BC to AD 200

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Classical historian John Clarke uses well-preserved wall paintings and other artifacts to recreate the daily life of Romans and slaves in Ostia and Pompeii. I didn't care much for the vignettes he used to portray Roman life, but the images and the background information are fascinating. Read full review


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John R. Clarke is Annie Laurie Howard Professor of the History of Art at the University of Texas at Austin.