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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (14 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050005147X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500051474
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Matyszak imparts so much information so imaginatively that it would be a great thing if his success inspires an entire... series...'
-- The Observer: Review

'Performs the functions of all the best guides... vast amount of easily retrieved information... an excellent introduction to Roman life'
-- The Times Literary Supplement

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Philip Matyszak is the author of numerous books on the Roman world, including Chronicle of the Roman Republic, The Enemies of Rome and The Sons of Caesar, all published by Thames & Hudson.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Nicky on 2 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a quirky little book! I discovered it quite by accident but what a find. It basically tells you what to expect if you had the ability to travel back in time and found yourself a tourist in Ancient Rome. Based around AD200 but the author has borrowed from sources ranging over 300 years. It gives you an informative guide at every stage of your journey from getting there to eating out, where to stay, shopping and what sights every tourist ought to see and avoid! The book has lots of quotes from the likes of Cicero, Horace and Petronius but perhaps most amusing of all is the pages of useful phrases. The author has taken modern phrases and translated them into Latin - In hac tunica obesa videbor? This book should appeal to history buffs and travellers alike and anyone who has ever wished they could travel back in time to see what Ancient Rome was really like.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Lawrence on 10 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
A librarian from Long Island sent this to me as a birthday present (thanks, Nephele) and I love it! With sections on Getting There, The Environs of Rome, Settling In, Out and About, Shopping, Law and Order, Entertainment, Religion, Must-See Sights and Roman Walks, it is accurate and fun. I especially like the quotes from Latin primary sources sprinkled here and there, and the sidebars with fun facts relating to each section. There are also some great full colour CGI illustrations of 2nd century Rome by my pals at Altair.

This book would make a great 'Vade Mecum' for anyone travelling to Rome and a great resource for any secondary-school classroom.

Carpe librum!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 27 April 2014
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The perfect companion to this excellent work is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE beaker,Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker the author himself is the proud owner of one. This is what he has to say:
! The details on the panels is exquisite, the overall effect is both handsome and impressive, overall this beaker has proven to be both a highly practical drinking vessel and an ornament to whatever surface it rests on!

Thus begins a delightful travel guide for time-travellers to the Ancient Rome of about 200 A.D. The author starts from scratch, by laying out in detail how a sea journey is to be planned, with plenty of warnings and a distance chart, and he recommends the port of Puteoli as first destination point and carriage or foot travel from there to Rome. He concludes the guide book with a map and a few "useful phrases," such as, noli me necare, cape omnias pecunias meas, Don't kill me, here's all my money.

In between, there is all you wanted to know and more. This is great light fare to read at odd moments, light though it might look, the book is meticulously researched, drawing on sources ranging over 300 years. The pages are sprinkled with ancient quotations: from epigrams, satires and other writings by the Latin poets and playwrights; from philosophers, historians and letter writers; tomb inscriptions; graffiti from Pompeii; and inscriptions from Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum. And each chapter has artistically designed sidebars, headed RES ROMAE and containing related trivia. Page numbers, by the way, are in Roman numerals, but not to worry, the decimal ones are shown in brackets.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Maxwell on 31 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a gem of a book! Witty, engrossing and erudite (It taught me more of the geography of ancient Rome than any other "general" overview I have read.
The author has managed to blend all the various changes from the early republic to late empire into one coherent overview of life in Rome. Simply a must buy book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Beelen on 17 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fren on 14 Oct. 2011
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I have really enjoyed this, unfortunately it has taken me ages to read because the print is so small. I think Amazon should give some indication of print size as well as the number of pages in the product descriptions. I cannot fault the content, just the appearance
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Franz Bieberkopf on 9 Sept. 2010
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You will recognise the structure of this book if you've ever consulted a Rough Guide or Lonely Planet book.This one uses that modern book structure to portray Rome in about 200 AD,when it was at it's height,or so the author believes.
It's a very funny parody of a modern guidebook,just because Rome was in some ways similar to our society,but so different in others.Listing brothels and gladiator fights in the "Entertainment" segment of the book is one example.
The author depicts well the Roman attitude to death and violence,so different from ours.He explains how criminals were crucified in the break between wild animal fights and gladiator shows in the Coliseum-I suppose a modern analogy would be the halftime break in a football game.
As far as I can tell,the research is faultless,I couldn't spot one error of fact.It made a trip to Rome I made in October 2009 much more enjoyable.Recommended for ancient history buffs and visitors,or would-be visitors, to today's Rome.
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