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    DescriptionThe common man in the Roman street is beginning at last to attract the attention he deserves from specialists;his active, noisy role in the politics of the late Republic has been restored to him and now the time has come to try to look a bit further inside his head, at his culture, not in the conventionally book-defined sense of what - if anything - he read and wrote, but of the songs he sang, the dances and music he preferred, the shows he saw, the games he played, the scraps of knowledge he picked up, the Greek he learned from the Syrians across the landing, the odds and ends of the history of Rome he had picked up from statues, processions, plays. This is the first attempt to reconstruct what your average Roman talked about in the bar or in the multi-seater latrine. All Latin is translated and all due care is taken of the non-specialist's requirements.

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    The Culture of the Roman Plebs
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nicholas Horsfall
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 178
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 212 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    ISBN 13: 9780715632383
    ISBN 10: 0715632388

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFC, HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27400
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000
    LC classification: DG, DG78
    Abridged Dewey: 937
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR
    DC22: 305.560937
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHD, JBCC, NHC
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAR
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
    Publication date
    01 January 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Nicholas Horsfall has been an independent scholar for the last fifteen years, in Rome and then in Oxfordshire; before that he taught at University College London. He writes chiefly on Latin poetry, but has also ventures into late Republican history and epigraphy. This is his ninth book.
    Review quote
    "Most histories of Roman antiquity principally focus on the elite aristocracy and the military generals that supported or overthrew them. The Culture Of The Roman Plebs by independent scholar Nicholas Horsfall is a welcome and long needed history that specifically addresses the life of the common people that populated and made possible what became known as the Roman Empire. From the noisy, active role of the common populace, to their songs, dances, music, shows, games, and daily life, The Culture Of The Roman Plebs fills in the larger picture. Of special note is that Nicholas Horsfall has meticulously translated and reconstructed what the average Roman talked and thought about as recorded in graffiti and the other odds and ends of notation derived from the records of ordinary Roman life as they have survived over the past two thousand years. The Culture Of The Roman Plebs is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to academic library collections and would make an excellent title for community library Ancient History collections for non-specialist general readers with an interest in Roman history." -- The Midwest Book Review