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Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day A guide to ancient Rome, it describes the best places to stay and shop, what to do, and what to avoid. It is intended for tourists, armchair travellers and history buffs. Full description


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Take a Trip in Time to Ancient Rome 11 juin 2007
Par Bruce Trinque - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
"Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day" presents itself as a guide book for visiting ancient Rome -- not touring the remnants of ancient Rome as they exist today, but a trip back across eighteen centuries to Rome of about 200 AD, with advice on where to stay, information about quaint local customs, and suggestions of "must see" sights. Oh, and there is a list of useful phrases for the traveler such as "Noli me necare, cape omnias pecunias meas" ("Don't kill me, here's all my money"). The result is a fun way to almost experience what life in ancient Rome was really like.
34 internautes sur 34 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A Wonderful Idea 19 juillet 2007
Par Paul Harmon, Editor, Business Process Trends - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day is a wonderful book and a great idea. In essence, it tells you want you need to know, circa 200 AD, if you plan to visit Rome. It tells you about the problems of getting there, the problems of finding lodging and meals, and, of course, the things every tourist will want to visit.
As a history buff, I loved it when mystery novelists like Davis and Saylor decided to create detectives and place them in Rome. It's led to other detectives in medieval Japan and Ancient Greece. One can only hope that Matyszak's cleaver idea will lead to guidebooks to ancient Thebes, Athens and Babylon, or perhaps guides to Song dynasty Westlake or Heien Kyoto.
The idea aside, the book is well written and packed full of interesting tidbits. What's missing is a bit more in the way of illustration. For example, distances from cities were described, but a map would have helped. Ditto the major roads into Rome. And what I really wanted was a detailed map of the Forums, pictures of the major buildings, and a description of a walk through the various Forums -- rather like some recent guidebooks have done for the Grand Canal in Venice, or the Seine in Centeral Paris. Guidebooks have come a long way in the last 10 years. This one seems more like a guide one would have bought in 1990, not one of the beautifully illustrated ones you get today.
Congratulations Philip Matyszak -- you have written a delightful book and, hopefully stimulated others to create similar works for their favorate historical periods.
24 internautes sur 24 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A witty guide to second-century Rome 18 juillet 2007
Par Sherry Christie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I've read a lot of reference books to give myself a sense of what it was like strolling the streets of Rome 2,000 years ago. Turns out I could have just read this book and saved myself a lot of research! Mr. Matyszak writes with dry British wit and a sort of bifocal vision, not only reporting on what a tourist in 200 A.D. would see but tipping off the reader about what's going to happen to it over the next several centuries. It's a very easy and enjoyable read, peppered with appropriate quotes from Roman writers. As Michelinus would say, "Valet iter"!
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Halfway There 27 avril 2009
Par Michael Gunther - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I wanted to rate this four stars, because its "guidebook" approach is clever, and Matyszak writes gracefully and knowingly about ancient Rome. But there is a huge flaw in this book. What does the enthusiastic time-traveler want, more than anything, in a good guidebook? Maps! And visuals! That's where the book falls down. The only city map supplied (pp. 136-137) is low in detail, especially around the forum area, and misses out half of the buildings that are described in the text. As for visuals, there are just a few sketch drawings of building exteriors, and only eleven views (they are nice color plates, though) of building interiors. To get a sense of what it was really like to walk around ancient Rome, this is just not enough. Hence, only three stars for me.

This book is a good example of the challenges and trade-offs of print, as opposed to web, publication. There are literally dozens of current (2009) websites that will give the viewer an excellent walkabout through the ancient city, with VR, even 3D, and 360-degree reconstructions galore; it's very expensive, although not impossible, to reproduce these adequately in a printed book. On the other hand, Matyszak's text is better at least in some ways than much of what is out there on the web. Wish there was some way to combine the two - actually I wish that this book had been published on the Web to combine Matyszak's text with a full visual walkthrough. That kind of publishing has not really been done yet, but I think it's the wave of the future.

Meanwhile, if you like Matyszak, by all means get the book, but I suggest you read it while surfing some of the better Ancient Rome visual websites (can't mention them here, for some reason Amazon discourages web links in their reviews) to enhance your experience of the Imperial City in all its ancient glory.

By the way, Matyszak also has a similar book on Ancient Athens - see my review of "Ancient Athens On 5 Drachmas A Day." Readers who enjoy Matyszak's Rome will also like Matyszak's Athens.
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These Romans are crazy 31 juillet 2008
Par Michael Valdivielso - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
A guide for Rome of 200 AD, it is full of history, advice to keep out of trouble, and lots of humor. It really gives you a sense of daily life during the height of the Roman Empire. The chapters really do their best to explain how to get around Rome, from places to eat to sites to see, from the games to the marketplaces, from the brothels to the temples. There is a section that even explains how to change your money. From the page numbers, to the list of useful phrases, you get the sense that this would be a great tour book for a time traveler. If only you knew how to speak Latin and had a Time Machine.
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