Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day
Filenote | OCR'd, TOC built, PaginatedWelcome to Rome, city of the Caesars! This informative andentertaining guide provides everything that any tourist needs for ajourney back in time to ancient Rome in AD 200. All you need isyour imagination and a toothbrush—this book does the rest,describing all the best places to stay and shop, what to do, andwhat to avoid.The guide first gives advice on arranging the sea journey toItaly, and then describes the road to Rome and what to see on eachof the city's famous seven hills. You learn what to take to a poshdinner party (dining robe, your own napkin, and indoor shoes) andwhere to find the best markets, public baths, and brothels.A series of walks covers all the sights of the eternal city,from the opulence of an imperial palace on the Palatine Hillthrough the bustle of the Forum to the grandeur of temples such asthe Pantheon. The largest and most populous city in the ancientworld has more than one hundred spectacles to offer, includingchariot races and events at the Colosseum where gladiators battleto the death.Witty and accessible, this book will appeal to history buffs,travelers, and anyone who has ever wondered what it would have beenlike to visit the greatest city of ancient times.Advice for the traveler in ancient Rome...• The best class of overnight accommodation is a hospitium. Youwill have to share your room with as many people as the landlordcan cram in.• The main course is so smothered in pungent sauce that you may notknow what you are eating. Depending on how you feel aboutdelicacies such as snails fattened on milk, this may not be a badthing.• If cost is not an issue you can spend over 100,000 denarii apound for top-quality purple dyed silk, bearing in mind that youcan expect to pay the same price for a pet lion.