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Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day Hardcover – June 11, 2007
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A deadpan delight...required reading for time travelers headed to Italy. -- Passport
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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Philip Matyszak's previous books include Chronicle of the Roman Republic, Enemies of Rome, and Sons of Caesar.
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For the better accommodations possible you must have foresight, and plan it carefully. Read this magnificent guide and don't bed in the worst slums.
You probably want to return to your home safe and sound, so there is a high probability of needing the knowledge of who to avoid and where you don't want to go.
Romans have great monuments, impressive architectural achievements (like baths and aqueducts), military commemorative columns and arch's, beautiful and solemn temples. Know them; learn their history, who built them and a lot of anecdotes about them.
You should know when the Roman festivities are; this guide have them divided by months so you can easily mix with the locals.
In Rome, have fun like a Roman. Go to the races, watch the deadly dance of the gladiators and then go behind the fornices to...well...you know...do that thing...that..., ok, onwards. Other proposal is an excellent afternoon in the Baths and then a social meal with a degustation session. Where can you do all those amusing cultural activities? Your indispensable guide will tell you.
The city has 7 hills (everybody knows that) but it's divided in 14 regions (not so many know that): know their characteristics.
It includes shopping guide, a positively hilarious conversation guide, digital reconstructions of some monuments, maps and many ancient quotes and transcriptions which perfectly illustrate the authors prose.
The perfect guide to sightsee Ancient Rome in the early 3rd century AD. Very funny, yet highly accurate (obviously this isn't an academic treatise, and some information and data can be contested; but for the purpose of the book it is spotless).
See, that expensive education wasn't wasted after all, was it Sparky?
But, no, that's not quite enough and Mr. Peabody will be unhappy with you. And if he gets tired of you whining about "are we there yet?" and kicks your butt out the door, and his machine disappears with a loud "pop", you'll see what I mean.
In short, what does the average Roman eat? Where do you stay? Can you get away with dressing in a toga like John Belushi? What is the currency like? What's the local religion and does sacrficing tourists fit in there anywhere? What is it like being a Roman slave and, again, what's the chance of a tourist becoming one?
First thing out of the gate, remember that ancient Rome is a potentially dangerous city. Not being from the hood, you'll need to channel the alertness of Sherlock Holmes, the skills of James Bond, and having a build like the Terminator (skin on) wouldn't hurt.
If you get in trouble, you probably shouldn't call the cops. The lowest rank of cops, the vigiles, are charged with public order, which pretty much means thumping heads of rioters. Most of the time they fight fires. There are other levels of law enforcement above the vigiles, up to the arrogant thugs of the Praetorian Guards, the emperor's personal bodyguard. Those guys are like high school principals...you don't want them knowing your name.
Actually, an informal neighborhood watch keeps track of things and will help you, obviously, to the extent your patronage is valuable to them. Best just be on your toes.
Entertaining light reading about ancient Rome from the grassroots level. Even has some latin phrases in the back of the book. Worth checking out even if you don't know Professor Peabody or his boy, Sherman. And if you do go back, don't step on any butterflies.
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