Daily Life in Ancient Rome The People and the City at the Height of the Empire This classic book brings to life imperial Rome as it was during the second century A D the time of Trajan and Hadrian Marcus Aurelius and Commodus It was a period marked by lavish displays of wealth

  • Title: Daily Life in Ancient Rome: The People and the City at the Height of the Empire
  • Author: Jérôme Carcopino Mary Beard Jerome Carcopino
  • ISBN: 9780300101867
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • This classic book brings to life imperial Rome as it was during the second century A.D the time of Trajan and Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, and Commodus It was a period marked by lavish displays of wealth, a dazzling cultural mix, and the advent of Christianity The splendor and squalor of the city, the spectacles, and the day s routines are reconstructed from an immense fuThis classic book brings to life imperial Rome as it was during the second century A.D the time of Trajan and Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, and Commodus It was a period marked by lavish displays of wealth, a dazzling cultural mix, and the advent of Christianity The splendor and squalor of the city, the spectacles, and the day s routines are reconstructed from an immense fund of archaeological evidence and from vivid descriptions by ancient poets, satirists, letter writers, and novelists from Petronius to Pliny the Younger In a new Introduction, the eminent classicist Mary Beard appraises the book s enduring and sometimes surprising influence and its value for general readers and students She also provides an up to date bibliographic essay Carcopino s pledge to his readers was to open up to them some traces of the world that lay underneath the grandeur that remains the public face of ancient Rome No one has ever done it better Mary Beard, from the Introduction

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    1. Plentiful, overbrimming account that I read to understand Roman and 14C Florentine life, and re-read parts when visiting Pompei and Herculaneum--the latter actually has corner food stalls which like the taverns, "tabernae," spread into the street, as did the barber, cutting hair in the middle of the via.Originally written in French, my translation has occasional odd words, like "footpads" for thieves, "raptores"(48). These were among the many criminals to be feared at night, and famously, a weal [...]

    2. I picked this one up at my favorite resale shop in San Francisco, carrying it back to Chicago to read, the only book purchased there held on to. The rest were given away to various hosts.Although translated from the French and although old, dating from 1940, Carcopino's reconstruction of late Republican and early Imperial Rome reads well, evincing excellent work by translator Lorimer. Some of the data derives from archaeology, most from classical sources. From this the author gives his take on d [...]

    3. An amazingly detailed account of what it was like to be alive during the zenith of the roman empire. The author describes the lifestyle of a roman citizen in an entertaining and informative way. A book targeted to people who enjoy history, and who show ravenous apetite for genral knowledge.

    4. FULL NERD DISCLOSURE: I picked this up to give myself a decent research backbone for a piece of fan fiction I was writing (wow, that is - pretty nerdy). I didn't need an excess of details but wanted to start somewhere and find some interesting facts about ancient Rome without, you know, going back to college and getting another major. The book feels dated (writing style, research methodologies) but it's a decent place to start, especially if you were reading it just to dip your toe in the waters [...]

    5. I read this immediately after Mary Beard's SPQR, and in that context the authori seems too gushing in his love for Ancient Rome and not questioning enough. Where Mary Beard is a scientist, Carcopino is a gushing gossip. None the less, the gossip is quite fun and interesting.

    6. A vivid, enthusiastic presentation of the subject matter with a tone of intimacy and familiarity - a refreshing change from the sometimes alienating, overly "objective" approach of much contemporary work. The introduction by Mary Beard is also invaluable in contextualising Carcopino's work. Nonetheless, the book is dated, and Carcopino's clear vision and expressive writing on the Romans is clouded by theoretical and methodological flaws of the time.Despite its merits, it also unfortunately suffe [...]

    7. Rather interesting stuff. But holy hell, the author either hated the Romans, himself or the rest of the world. I don't know; I'm not a psychologist. This could have been a really great book, but instead I kept thinking, "Why would he spend so much time with something he obviously hates?" Rather distracting, and it ruins the book.

    8. Eating habits, education, hygiene, concept of time, social hierarchy, sleeping arrangements, traffic, leisure. Very detailed. Sometimes too detailed. Probably would rate this four stars if the edition were better edited. I haven't read anything else on the subject so I don't know how the author's theories hold up today.

    9. This was pretty dry. It’s an older book with plenty of sources and lots of detail, but if you’re looking for something more like a narrative or for something to read leisurely, it would be better to go to a source like William Stearns Davis. There is a wealth of information here, but it is not necessarily organized in an obvious way, and you don’t get to the “daily life” part of the book until about 100 pages in. Nonetheless, very worthwhile if one has an intense interest in the subjec [...]

    10. While the author completely exhausts his subject in an interesting way, the reader is often confused by conflicting statements mainly pertaining to different time periods. For example, the author states that women had much freedom and will then claim that they did not have much freedom. While this is eventually explained at the end of the chapter/section, it makes fully understand the text difficult.Because the author wrote this story by subject and not by time period, it is sometimes hard to un [...]

    11. Original and best. It's an unsettling experience to read this book.It is impossible to look at the Roman world in the same manner as one might look at Viking society, or at the Incas. The modern person will maybe disapprove of the Viking adulation of violence, or human sacrifice, etc. But nobody feels a sense of outrage at their moral failings.But with the Romans an extra level of disgust comes into play. They were steeped in hypocrisy. They are too close (yet far in time) to coolly regard as ob [...]

    12. La vita quotidiana a Roma è un saggio storico che prendendo in esame la Roma imperiale del II secolo d.C. analizza ogni aspetto della vita nell'antichità in questa città, facendo anche confronti tra l'età regia, quella repubblicana e quella appunto imperiale. Il saggio è ovviamente interessante e bello perché è il primo prodotto completo ed adatto al grande pubblico per conoscere bene ogni aspetto dell'esistenza degli antichi romani. Il contro però è che ormai il saggio è datato (la pr [...]

    13. Not the best, but not the worst. On the upside: very good sleep remedy The author quotes extensively (though mostly from the more readable sources), and a number of his own descriptions are full of life. Iit was enlightening to read about more or less ordinary roman life and quite a number of questions one asks when one sees ancient ruins (like ‘what was here?’, ‘why did they need so many Forums?’, etc.) were answered. On the downside: Language confused me quite a bit. It tends to be rat [...]

    14. This is a very good book for learning about what life was like in the city of ancient Rome towards the end of the first century AD. The book covers topics streets, houses, slavery, living conditions for the poor as well as the rich, the growing freedom of women, some professions, a typical dinner party, entertainment, clothing, the problems with education, and the weakening sense of religiosity. The book was well written and provided a lot of intricate detail. I would have liked a greater discus [...]

    15. I bought this book during my visit to the Forum in Rome last year. I love history, but I have always been more interested in the daily lifes of the people than in the dates of this or that battle. And I wasn't disappointed by this book. It explains the various aspects of a Roman's life in the days of the early emperors, from the housing situation over social classes, the family, education to entertainment. Sometimes, the author elaborates too much on a topic for my taste, for example when calcul [...]

    16. It's a fairly entertaining book, though for all the wrong reasons. Carcopino makes sweeping declarations about things that don't seem to be supported, and has fairly quaint ideas - that Roman women stayed indoors and idle because they chose to do so, for example. His analysis of Roman religion is outdated. But the prose is that mid-century sort of magisterial tone, even when he's probably wrong, and so it was at least worth reading.

    17. A dense and informative book: perfect for research. From the drawbacks and virtues of Ancient Roman housing, to its class systems and patronage traditions, this book will tell you much about the cultural life of Ancient Rome.Unfortunately, the prose which its been written in is also rather dry. Pour yourself a gallon of caffeine before wading through this bad boy: otherwise you're going to be taking an impromptu nap.

    18. This was written when far less was known about his topic, so I'm looking forward to reading the updated version. I found it disconcerting that he used literary characters and the things that they did as evidence for actual occurrences in Roman life, such as Trimalchio's excesses. In fact, he didn't seem to realize that Trimalchio and others actually were literary figures and not real people.

    19. Even though Daily Life in Ancient Rome was first published in English in 1940, it is still a valuable tool both for researchers and enthusiasts. Carcopino managed to unite into a single monograph the object of study of multiple disciplines and to amalgamate them into a compelling and vivid narrative.

    20. when reading the book I felt like something blast me to the past being among the crowd of senates in the forum flying through Palatine hill to enjoy the panoramic, feels like doing spionage to see how Roman people was in the past.It is very detail and hope to see a documenter film based on this book. The letters type is small and too packed with words in a page.

    21. This book made me want to watch the series Rome. Said to have influenced the stylings of that series and the film Gladiator, this book is a great look at the Roman area circa 100A.D. considered the golden years. Or more like before Constantine ruined it by declaring Christianity the national religion. I've seen Gladiator many times so now wouldn't mind how Rome portrays the same time period.

    22. This book is intellectual in nature; those looking for a quick, entertaining read seem to discount the text for its in-depth and specific qualities. However, if you either understand the many references to Roman leaders and Gods, or Latin, or simply take the time to research further the points proposed by Carcopino, you will find the book supremely informative and an overall great read.

    23. Ha rispettato in pieno le mie aspettative: una descrizione di ampio respiro ed interessante dello stile di vita dell'epoca. Usanze, circostanze, contesto. Unico difetto lo stile, veramente didascalico.

    24. It does take some time to read through this book. It's very through about the history of how Romans lived their lives in the past. I would highly recommend it to those who are very intersted into history type reading.

    25. Un classique : le style est beaucoup trop littéraire à mon goût. Les faits historiques sont étudiés dans le détail et sont intéressants mais on pourrait aller à l'essentiel sans se perdre dans des phrases alambiquées et parfois subjectives. Cela reste un livre très complet, mais un peu ancien.

    26. Usually history books are not particularly funny, but this one, as it deals with the daily side of Romans, has some very funny parts. For that reason, in spite of the fact that it's a consistent book, it's fairly easy to read.

    27. This book is interesting as the first "popular" book on daily life in rome. Unfortunately it is tainted by the author's biases towards the ideology of Mussolini and the fascists. Interesting for those interested in this book as literature rather than as a book about rome.

    28. Dry, dated, but so filled with research and information that it the former two are almost forgivable. If you want an academic, in-depth account of Roman life, this is great. Otherwise, look for something lighter.

    29. mostly painful to read - especially the education chapter - couldn't tell if the author was trying to parody Roman rhetoric or imitate it sincerely. The image you get of the Romans from this book is that they were cruel and crass. Contrast with Daily Life in Ancient Greece.

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