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Old January 11th, 2017, 11:56 AM   #31
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So reason number CCXXXVIII?
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Actually I stand corrected. It should be CCXXXVII and not DCCCXXXVII as I stated.

So much for my cushy job in ancient Rome.
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Actually I stand corrected. It should be CCXXXVII and not DCCCXXXVII as I stated.

So much for my cushy job in ancient Rome.
Oh, don't worry. I used an online converter... I wouldn't last 5 minutes.
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There's a book entitled "A day in the life of ancient Rome, daily life, mysteries and curiosities" by Angelo Angela that addresses a lot of these questions. I read it some time ago and it seemed to go through what life was like for various classes of people.

Another insight if you get the opportunity to travel to Italy is to tour the ruins of Pompeii. I would guess that the middle class and above lived better in Pompeii than in many places in the West even through the 19th century. Running water, extensive public bath houses etc. I got the sense that there was a large number of cooking shops that catered to the poorer classes that may not have the space for their own cooking as well.
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I love this thread.

I do not have an extensive background in history (yet) but I find Rome for some reason to be one of the periods in history I find most relatable in this sense... The idea of an middle or upper middle class, that I could have some kind of job, go shopping, have some entertainment.

(Yes, I know it would smell bad, most of my children would die and my modern day equality/feminist/liberal mentality would probably get me a swift arse kicking.)

But is there any other period in ancient history people relate to in this way? When I started studying Rome I didn't know I would become so enchanted by it. I actually have had a hard time moving on to other things.

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There's a book entitled "A day in the life of ancient Rome, daily life, mysteries and curiosities" by Angelo Angela that addresses a lot of these questions. I read it some time ago and it seemed to go through what life was like for various classes of people.
I've read this book myself and found it an informative and enjoyable read.

Another really good read. A Handbook of Food Processing in Classical Rome

https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Food.../dp/9004152369
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There's a book entitled "A day in the life of ancient Rome, daily life, mysteries and curiosities" by Angelo Angela that addresses a lot of these questions. I read it some time ago and it seemed to go through what life was like for various classes of people.

Another insight if you get the opportunity to travel to Italy is to tour the ruins of Pompeii. I would guess that the middle class and above lived better in Pompeii than in many places in the West even through the 19th century. Running water, extensive public bath houses etc. I got the sense that there was a large number of cooking shops that catered to the poorer classes that may not have the space for their own cooking as well.
Yes, and Herculaneum too, but remember that both settlements were holiday resorts, not average towns.
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I didn't know that about Pompeii and Herculaneum. Quite sophisticated towns, if you look at the wheel ruts in the cobblestones you can see they had one way streets based on turns only showing up in one direction. While I was there last year, I looked to see if there were signs painted on the sides of buildings that directed traffic or whether it was simply known by custom that certain streets were one way but I couldn't see any signs or figure out how they knew to go the correct direction.

Anyone know the answer to this ?
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I didn't know that about Pompeii and Herculaneum. Quite sophisticated towns, if you look at the wheel ruts in the cobblestones you can see they had one way streets based on turns only showing up in one direction. While I was there last year, I looked to see if there were signs painted on the sides of buildings that directed traffic or whether it was simply known by custom that certain streets were one way but I couldn't see any signs or figure out how they knew to go the correct direction.

Anyone know the answer to this ?
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This is an amazing thread, very informative
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