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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Grandeur that was Rome, 22. Juli 1998
Von Ein Kunde
The subjects, and people, covered in this volume of the History of Private Life are probably the most remote for the modern day reader. Medieval and Renaissance life appears more colorful than Pagan Rome and Early Christian Byzantium, just like a medieval tapestry draws the eye away from a worn marble statue. But Roman life proves to be just as colorful and complex--perhaps more so than medieval life. This volume pays close attention to the everyday activities which took man, woman, child, and slave from cradle to grave. One learns that a man would be fined more for stealing a pig than for killing a slave; that women would attempt to attract men by feeding them a fish that had been held between their loins; and that the domestic sphere of ancient Rome was queerly both public _and_ private. Copiously illustrated with photographs and reproductions, some in color.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining, informative and occasionally a bit odd, 29. Juni 2000
So far, I have only read the half of the book on Pagan Rome, as that is my hobby these days. It was interesting in parts; illustrative of things I had not known or even suspected, things I had read allusions to previously, and things I never would even have thought studied. Some of the cross cultural comparisions were beautifully illustrative (one that sticks was a comparison between the economy of a present day middle eastern country to that of the Empire). I am pretty sure this suffered from some sort of idiological bias, as it was weirdly contradictory in places, though it is an original enough bias that it it probably unique to the authors. One of the authors at least, seemed to be an intimate of Michel Foucault. They were all french, and the prose suffers for it to the point of being occasionally downright nonsensical. The book certainly rid me of any "golden age" delusions I might have, regarding Roman times. I'll stick with my electric can opener, thanks very much.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Insight into how 'real people' lived in ancient times, 23. August 1998
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Many history books focus on the major events that changed history. This book offers a fascinating look at everyday life in ancient times. The author looks at beliefs, religion, crime and punishment, the treatment of women, law, and more. It's interesting to note how many things have stayed the same, and how many things have changed. The book is written in plain english, and doesn't require an in-depth knowledge of history to understand.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen interesting, but no depth, 4. Januar 2000
Von Ein Kunde
This book was fascinating, but I wish more thought had been given to the whys of private life, not just the whats.
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