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    DescriptionThe ancient Romans were responsible for many remarkable achievements—Roman numerals, straight roads—but one of their lesser-known contributions was the creation of the tourist industry. The first people in history to enjoy safe and easy travel, Romans embarked on the original Grand Tour, journeying from the lost city of Troy to the Acropolis, from the Colossus at Rhodes to Egypt, for the obligatory Nile cruise to the very edge of the empire. And, as Tony Perrottet discovers, the popularity of this route has only increased with time. Intrigued by the possibility of re-creating the tour, Perrottet, accompanied by his pregnant girlfriend, sets off to discover life as an ancient Roman. The result is this lively blend of fascinating historical anecdotes and hilarious personal encounters, interspersed with irreverent and often eerily prescient quotes from the ancients—a vivid portrait of the Roman Empire in all its complexity and wonder.


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    Title
    Pagan Holiday
    Subtitle
    On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tony Perrottet
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780375756399
    ISBN 10: 0375756396
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, WTH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: I-HP
    B&T General Subject: 800
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    LC classification: G
    DC21: 909.09822
    BISAC V2.8: TRV001000, HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 909.09822
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHC, WTHA
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    PHOTOS THROUGHOUT, MAPS
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    08 April 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Tony Perrottet has written for The New York Times, Esquire, Outside, Civilization, Islands, and The Sunday Times (London), among other publications. He is Australian and lives in Manhattan with his wife and son. "From the Hardcover edition."
    Review quote
    "Perrottet is a nearly unflappable traveler and a terrifically funny writer; this history-cum-travelogue is as enjoyable as it is informative and twice as quirky." --"The Boston Globe " "An appealing...mix of the zany and the arcane, juggling an energetic account of ancient Roman travel habits with a witty record of [the author's] own modern journey." --"The New York Times" "Required reading...a charming popular history of ancient Roman sight-seeing." --"Forbes FYI" "A splendid trip...a whimsical trek through classical history, famous sites and arcane trivia...provides a rich cache of information about ancient Roman life." --"The Washington Post"
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    The ancient Romans were responsible for many remarkable achievements--Roman numerals, straight roads--but one of their lesser-known contributions was the creation of the tourist industry. The first people in history to enjoy safe and easy travel, Romans embarked on the original Grand Tour, journeying from the lost city of Troy to the Acropolis, from the Colossus at Rhodes to Egypt, for the obligatory Nile cruise to the very edge of the empire. And, as Tony Perrottet discovers, the popularity of this route has only increased with time. Intrigued by the possibility of re-creating the tour, Perrottet, accompanied by his pregnant girlfriend, sets off to discover life as an ancient Roman. The result is this lively blend of fascinating historical anecdotes and hilarious personal encounters, interspersed with irreverent and often eerily prescient quotes from the ancients--a vivid portrait of the Roman Empire in all its complexity and wonder.