"This is the type of book I could have done with as a newly qualified teacher… Aldrete has written an extraordinarily compact book on Roman history and society. He has a gift for condensing a huge amount of information into an accessible, readable form… I recommend this book for classroom and library use in schools. Undergraduates embarking on classical studies would also find it useful, as would anyone about to teach Classical Civilization with little specific knowledge."-
Journal of Classics Teaching
"[F]or high school to college collections….[c]overs life in Rome, Pompeii and Ostia, covering not just history but political and governmental structures, local culture, dangers and pleasures, and the arts. Students receive plenty of references and supporting documentation."-
"^IDaily Life in the Roman City^R is a useful textbook for a Roman civilization course….It offers an introduction into the functionality and character of ancient cities and the main differences from their modern counterparts."-
"In addition to describing the physical buildings of the classical city of Rome, Aldrete (history and humanistic studies, U. of Wisconsin-Green Bay) explains how the city functioned, who lived there, and what the lives of inhabitants were like. His focus is on ordinary people, who might see the rich and famous pass by now and then, but mostly just went about their lives. Living and dying, dangers and pleasures, entertainment and religion, and the economy are among his topics. He also includes chapters on the industrial port city Ostia, and Pompeii as preserved by ash."-
Reference & Research Book News--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This in-depth study of life in the ancient Roman city explains how the city functioned, who lived there, and what the inhabitants' lives were like.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.