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Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day Hardcover – June 11, 2007
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An excellent guide to Roman life: pack it alongside your modern guide. -- Times Literary Supplement
Great background for those planning to stroll the streets of modern-day Rome. -- Virtuoso Life --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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As a history buff, I loved it when mystery novelists like Davis and Saylor decided to create detectives and place them in Rome. It's led to other detectives in medieval Japan and Ancient Greece. One can only hope that Matyszak's cleaver idea will lead to guidebooks to ancient Thebes, Athens and Babylon, or perhaps guides to Song dynasty Westlake or Heien Kyoto.
The idea aside, the book is well written and packed full of interesting tidbits. What's missing is a bit more in the way of illustration. For example, distances from cities were described, but a map would have helped. Ditto the major roads into Rome. And what I really wanted was a detailed map of the Forums, pictures of the major buildings, and a description of a walk through the various Forums -- rather like some recent guidebooks have done for the Grand Canal in Venice, or the Seine in Centeral Paris. Guidebooks have come a long way in the last 10 years. This one seems more like a guide one would have bought in 1990, not one of the beautifully illustrated ones you get today.
Congratulations Philip Matyszak -- you have written a delightful book and, hopefully stimulated others to create similar works for their favorate historical periods.
This book is a good example of the challenges and trade-offs of print, as opposed to web, publication. There are literally dozens of current (2009) websites that will give the viewer an excellent walkabout through the ancient city, with VR, even 3D, and 360-degree reconstructions galore; it's very expensive, although not impossible, to reproduce these adequately in a printed book. On the other hand, Matyszak's text is better at least in some ways than much of what is out there on the web. Wish there was some way to combine the two - actually I wish that this book had been published on the Web to combine Matyszak's text with a full visual walkthrough. That kind of publishing has not really been done yet, but I think it's the wave of the future.Read more ›
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We can't. But this is the next best thing, I guarantee it. I read information about ancient Rome that I had not found anywhere else. The author brings it to life very well. Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. Harrington
That was a different book. I'd never read the history of Rome, after reading this I went to the library to read up on how to visit Rome & got a passport.
I kept the book.
Ancient Rome on Five Denari a Day is for readers who are interested in small details about traveling, the layout of this great city, and who desire a great time traveling... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robert P.
This book is a lot of fun. Great condition and fast shipping. Thanks!Published 23 months ago by Baking Queen
written as a travel guide to Imperial Rome, this tells you all you'd need to know--how to travel, where to stay, what to eat, what to see, and even some useful phrases. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Betty Steckman
This is a fun book to browse. I really like the idea of making a travel guide for time travelers. If it is executed well, we get some practical understanding of a culture that no... Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Jackal
Thank the Gods for these essential tips which carried me safely through Ancient Rome. This Guidebook is elementary, crucial, fundamental, imperative, and a whole lot of other... Read morePublished on June 1, 2013 by Susanna Duffy
I am an avid reader and was looking forward to this tourist approach to ancient Rome. How disappointing to open the book and discover that someone made the ridiculous decision to... Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Carole in Aix