Artifacts from Ancient Rome (Daily Life through Artifacts)
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When Roman objects and artifacts are properly analyzed, they serve as valuable primary sources for learning about ancient history. This book provides the guidance and relevant historical context students need to see relics as evidence of long-past events and society.
• Presents images of artifacts, relevant primary sources, and detailed explanations of each item's historical context together in a single resource, making the information conveniently accessible to both students and general readers
• Provides students with the opportunity to work with, analyze, and interpret both artifacts and primary sources, making the book an excellent complement to curricula that are increasing their focus on the use of primary sources of all types
• Allows readers to piece together an overall impression of Roman life and society through artifacts that range from a legionary weapon and a medical scalpel to a wax tablet for writing, a bread oven, and a sundial
Much of what we know of their contents comes from the tituli picti, but chemical analysis of residues found within some excavated samples has likewise informed our picture of how amphorae were used. While any liquid might be and probably was carried in amphorae, for purposes of trade the ruling triad was olive oil, wine, and garum. Olive oil was versatile and was used in many areas of daily life, from cooking to athletics (see the entry Strigil) and from lighting to perfume. Another product
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resemble toys that children have played with ever since. Roman children, for example, were fond of ball games, leapfrog, tops, yo-yos and wheeled animals that they might take for a walk just as many young children did a few hundred years ago and still do today. The fact that many such toys have survived is significant. Many have been uncovered in the graves of children, so many of whom did not live to see adulthood, and suggest that contrary to popular conceptions of all-powerful and strict
sense, as temples used incense for ritual purposes; it is also likely, however, that they used it to mask the smells of the city. The ancient world, particularly in urban settings, was a smelly place. Bathing, while a normal part of Roman life, was nonetheless performed without soap, and deodorants were unknown. Scented oils, especially applied after bathing, were popular. Waste from sewers, butcher shops, and tanneries as well as the odor from public toilets, fullers, shops, and refuse piles and
first who adopted the custom of shaving every day. The late Emperor Augustus always made use of razors. [Pliny the Elder, The Natural History, translated by John Bostock and H. T. Riley (London: Henry G. Bohn, 1855), http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Plin.+Nat.+7.59&fromdoc=Perseus%3Atext %3A1999.02.0137.] PETRONIUS, SATYRICON, CHAPTER 7, VERSE 46 “And there’s a future pupil growing up for you, my little lad at home. He can repeat four pieces already; if he lives, you will have a