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Daily Life in Ancient Rome (1940)

by Jérôme Carcopino

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It's a fairly entertaining book, though for all the wrong reasons. Carcopino makes sweeping declarations about things that don't seem to be supported, and has fairly quaint ideas - that Roman women stayed indoors and idle because they chose to do so, for example. His analysis of Roman religion is outdated. But the prose is that mid-century sort of magisterial tone, even when he's probably wrong, and so it was at least worth reading.

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1 vote elucubrare | Dec 29, 2016 |
One of those books everyone should read. ( )
  jcvogan1 | Sep 27, 2015 |
Daily Life in Ancient Rome turned out to be a fairly readable book although some sections were better than others. Originally written before WWII by a French archaeologist and translated into English for publication by Yale University Press (c.1940) the language can be a bit stiff and dry at time. However, I found it worthwhile because there are a wealth of details about life in the city of Rome during the second century CE.

Part 1 covers the extent and population of the city, houses and streets, society and class, marriage and the family, education, and religion with great thoroughness. Part 2 then takes the reader through a Roman citizen's day discussing the morning routine, occupations, leisure activities such as the games and other spectacles, the baths, and finishing with dinner in the evening.

This book appears on a least one "must read" list and while fairly old there are few comprehensive books about everyday life in the city of Rome for this time period. However, Carcopino does allow his personal prejudices about the Roman lifestyle to come through so I only cautiously recommend it.
  hailelib | Feb 28, 2015 |
I read this first in German and on loan from our public library. When I bought the English version secondhand, I found that it is shorter than the German one (and presumably than the original French, too). The information it provides is very detailed, but the interpretation is too much coloured by prejudice. As long as there is no affordable alternative, it will remain on the shelves, though. ( )
  MissWatson | Apr 8, 2013 |
Edition: // Descr: xi, 342 p. : map (1) 20.5 cm. // Series: Call No. { 947 C17 copy #1 } Edited with Bibliography and Notes by Henry T. Rowell Translated from the French by E.O. Lorimar Contains Sources of Information, Notes, and Index. // //
  ColgateClassics | Oct 26, 2012 |
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Itkonen-Kaila, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lorimer, E. O.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Professor Émile Sergent, the master of my son Antoine, my doctor, and my friend.
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There is little need to dwell on the splendor of the city of Rome at the beginning of the second century of our era.
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This classic book brings to life imperial Rome as it was during the second century A.D., the time of Trajan and Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, and Commodus. It was a period marked by lavish displays of wealth, a dazzling cultural mix, and the advent of Christianity. The splendor and squalor of the city, the spectacles, and the day's routines are reconstructed from an immense fund of archaeological evidence and from vivid descriptions by ancient poets, satirists, letter-writers, and novelists-from Petronius to Pliny the Younger. In a new Introduction, the eminent classicist Mary Beard appraises the book's enduring-and sometimes surprising-influence and its value for general readers and students. She also provides an up-to-date bibliographic essay.

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