When in Rome, do as the Romans do. With Mr. Matyszak's book in hand, it wouldn't be hard to blend in when visiting ancient Rome. Of course, the book isn't a real tourist guide. But in several chapters, dealing with, among other things, travelling to Rome, finding a place to stay, what to wear, where to go to, the author succeeds in giving a lot of information. Much of this concerns topics which may be generally known, but though being a teacher of Latin and Greek I came upon some things I didn't know before. This is especially the case in the short paragraphs throughout the general story, which give details and anecdotes on a wide variety of subjects and historical figures.
I have come to know Mr. Matyszak as being an entertaining writer on serious subjects, and his tongue-in-cheek way of sharing his knowledge with his readers is refreshing. It's fun to read this book, and it would serve as a good introduction on Roman life. I wouldn't be surprised if this book were to encourage readers, having finished this book, to read more detailed ones on Ancient Rome.