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Voices of Ancient Greece and Rome : contemporary accounts of daily life

Author: David Matz
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood, ©2012.
Series: Voices of an era.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The work sheds light on various aspects of Greek and Roman daily life by examining excerpts from the works of ancient authors who wrote about these topics. Written to help readers truly understand what life within an ancient civilization was like, each entry is preceded by background information and followed by thought-provoking questions. This book covers fascinating topics such as domestic life, employment,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Sources
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Matz
ISBN: 9780313387388 0313387389 9780313387395 0313387397
OCLC Number: 712115034
Description: xxvii, 268 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm.
Contents: Domestic life : Growing up in Sparta was no picnic ; A failure to launch, in an Athenian family ; Even in ancient Rome, the dog was man's, and woman's, best friend ; A prearranged marriage ; An extremely devoted wife --
Education : Plutarch's prescription for a child's education ; Socrates and Protagoras discuss issues in education ; Funding for Roman schools ; Spare the rod, and other educational precepts of Quintilian --
Employment : Pay it back! Apollodorus and his day in court ; Workers needed for building the Parthenon ; Cicero advises his son on a right and proper career ; The sky is no longer the limit: Diocletian's cap on wages and prices --
Food and clothing : Plutarch and friends talk dirty (laundry) ; After a long day of marching or fighting, what did the Homeric heroes eat? ; Spinning thread and making clothing ; Controlling appetite and curbing weight gain --
Health care : Hippocrates and the ethics of the medical profession ; A medical miracle man who declined to give an encore performance ; How to obtain good health, and keep it ; How the mind can heal the body --
Housing : Vitruvius's description of an elegant home ; A husband and wife discuss their domicile: a place for everything and everything in its place ; You take your life in your hands if you live in Rome ; Ah! At last I can live like a human being! --
Intellectual life : An intellectual on trial ; An intellectual who invented many ingenious devices ; An intellectual defends the study of literature ; An intellectual pays tribute to his uncle's literary output --
Politics : Out with him! An Athenian method of ridding the city of tiresome politicians ; Women in politics? In ancient Athens? ; Homegrown terrorism? ; The women of Rome refuse to back down --
Religion : Squabbling among the gods was a major headache for Zeus ; King Croesus consults, and bribes?, the Delphic Oracle ; Julius Caesar becomes a god ; Job description for a vestal virgin --
Safety : A case of assault and battery ; Women? Taking over the Acropolis? ; A tribune speaks, a riot ensues ; Everybody talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it --
Sports and games : The goddess was on his side ; The (ancient) world's greatest athlete ; "Put me in, Coach": a famous athletic trainer ; The resume of ancient Rome's superstar charioteer --
Biographical sketches of important individuals mentioned in text.
Series Title: Voices of an era.
Responsibility: David Matz, editor.

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Collecting documents culled from the writings of ancient Greek and Roman authors, this book provides a glimpse of what life was like in ancient times and illustrates the relevance of these long-ago  Read more...

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"This volume will well serve students taking introductory classics courses. It will be a fun addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in Greek and Roman history." - Library Journal "This Read more...

 
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