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Pagan Holiday: On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists (2002)

by Tony Perrottet

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What's to say? It's a fun read. ( )
  Cacuzza | Nov 16, 2013 |
This is the nerdiest travel narrative I have ever read. Awesome. ( )
  ben_h | Apr 6, 2011 |
If you love the ancient world and if you plan trips to famous archeological sites, then this book is for you. It is well written and full of interesting details about how wealthy people travelled the mediterranean in search of culture in around 66AD. Many sites they visited are still on the 'must see' list of modern day tourists and the author is travelling in the footsteps of ancient roman travellers. Great stuff. ( )
  karenpossingham | Oct 25, 2008 |
What a great read - the historical background was very interestingly presented to complement the author's modern-day journey. ( )
  Seajack | Apr 24, 2007 |
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Don't you swelter all day in the sun? Aren't you all jammed in with the crowds? Isn't it hard to get a bath? Aren't you soaked to the bone whenever it rains? Don't the din and the shouting and the other petty annoyances drive you completely mad?
But of course you put up with it all because it's an unforgettable spectacle.

—EPICTETUS, Stoic philosopher (c. A.D. 55–135),
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The ancient Romans were responsible for many remarkable achievements—Roman numerals, straight roads—but one of their lesser-known contributions was the creation of the tourist industry. The first people in history to enjoy safe and easy travel, Romans embarked on the original Grand Tour, journeying from the lost city of Troy to the Acropolis, from the Colossus at Rhodes to Egypt, for the obligatory Nile cruise to the very edge of the empire. And, as Tony Perrottet discovers, the popularity of this route has only increased with time.

Intrigued by the possibility of re-creating the tour, Perrottet, accompanied by his pregnant girlfriend, sets off to discover life as an ancient Roman. The result is this lively blend of fascinating historical anecdotes and hilarious personal encounters, interspersed with irreverent and often eerily prescient quotes from the ancients—a vivid portrait of the Roman Empire in all its complexity and wonder.

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