new to group. Need for recommendation
- Could someone recommend books about everyday life of the ancient
While being in the yahoogroup Ecclesia Antinoi I realized that I have
to continue my study, so, at present I study a history reading books
on the subject; and recently I read two books: the textbook "History
of Ancient Rome", and "The Life of Antoninus Heliogabalus" by Aelius
Lampridius. The latter book proved to be an unexpectedly simple
reading, and I liked it very much, though I'd argue with the author
of the book.
Especially I'm interested in learning of everyday life of the ancient
Romans. If I had titles of the books on the subject I could search
the books in the Net. My favourite ancient writer is Marcus Valerius
Martial, because he narrated of everyday life mainly and not about
historical events only. While reading his fine epigrams I was
interested in some questions, for example: how the Roman public
libraries did look like? Had the ancient Romans the words of address
to a stranger, equivalent for the English modern day words "Mr."
and "Mrs."? I understand that the Romans addressed to their
friends: "My friend!" and a servant addressed to his/her master: "O,
my lord!" And what about addressing to a stranger? It is most
interesting, and unfortunately I could not understand it reading
- There's a scholarly book called "Latin forms of address" that was published
in the last couple of years by a professor at Columbia that will give you as
good an answer as you are likely ever to get on how Romans addressed each other
both formally and informally in Latin.
I would like to recommend a book by the late Keith Hopkins called "A World
Full of Gods." It's an adventure in Pompeii before the eruption. The narrators
are two twentieth century students who have been transported through time and
are reporting on daily life in Flavian Pompeii. It's very good, because Keith
Hopkins was a great scholar and teacher.
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