Daily Life in Ancient Rome : The People and the City at the Height of the Empire, Paperback

Daily Life in Ancient Rome : The People and the City at the Height of the Empire Paperback

Edited by Henry T. Rowell

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In this portrait of life in Ancient Rome, the author begins by painting a backcloth on which the social, political, cultural and religious aspects of the community are drawn.

He enlarges on the details of everyday life, following the typical routine of a normal day from dawn to dinner and the talk that continued long into the night.

This study, which includes a bibliography and notes by Professor Rowell, describes the houses and multi-storeyed apartments of the city of over a million inhabitants, the social classes from senators to slaves and the Roman family and the position of women.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages, bibliography
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780140124873



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I enjoyed some chapters, but in the rest there is much moralizing about the ancient world, and it dates the book's approach to scholarship. The chapters I liked were the first few chapters on Roman houses, the chapter on getting ready in the morning, and the last chapter on eating, strolling and bathing.