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    DescriptionWhat survives from the Roman Empire is largely the words and lives of the rich and powerful: emperors, philosophers, senators. Yet the privilege and decadence often associated with the Roman elite was underpinned by the toils and tribulations of the common citizens. Here, the eminent historian Robert Knapp brings those invisible inhabitants of Rome and its vast empire to light. He seeks out the ordinary folk - laboring men, housewives, prostitutes, freedmen, slaves, soldiers, and gladiators - who formed the backbone of the ancient Roman world, and the outlaws and pirates who lay beyond it. He finds their traces in the nooks and crannies of the histories, treatises, plays, and poetry created by the elite. Everyday people come alive through original sources as varied as graffiti, incantations, magical texts, proverbs, fables, astrological writings, and even the New Testament. Knapp offers a glimpse into a world far removed from our own, but one that resonates through history. "Invisible Romans" allows us to see how Romans sought on a daily basis to survive and thrive under the afflictions of disease, war, and violence, and to control their fates before powers that variously oppressed and ignored them.

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    Invisible Romans
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert C. Knapp
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 708 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674061996
    ISBN 10: 0674061993

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
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    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
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    DC22: 937
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Abridged Dewey: 937
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    LC classification: DG78 .K57 2011
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    30 color illustrations, 32 halftones
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    24 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    Robert Knapp is Professor Emeritus in the Classics Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
    Review quote
    A unique view of Roman life on the streets, in the arenas, and in the barracks, roughly from the first three centuries CE, written with an engaging prose. It is Everyman who is on view here, so while there are plenty of surprises, the pleasing overall effect is to realize how similar common lives then were to ours now... It is a pleasure throughout Invisible Romans to see how Knapp has used his obvious expertise and depth of knowledge to bring out facts from many diverse sources. His writing is clear, and often witty... [An] exhilarating show of scholarship at a popular level. -- Rob Hardy Commercial Dispatch 20111005