32 On Seduction (2)

Foreword Many years ago in a library I came across a volume of Cicero, the “Letters to Atticus.”i I thumbed through the book, seeking nothing in particular, and was curious about certain passages that did not in any way represent the preconceptions of that dreadfully boring Latin I had held since my time in school. I discovered there a very...

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On Living in the Roman Society Would you rather have lived in the Roman society you described in you last blog entry? Definitely not. The bathing culture, the corporeal and intellectual luxuriousness in the  of the Epicureans, the international and cosmopolitan global culture, the bilingualism (you had to be able to speak both Greek and Latin), even the polytheism with...

30 Encounter with Antiquity (IV)

Everyday Rome In ancient Rome there were no televisions, no radio, no concerts for the masses, for the most part not even books—for the man on the street the papyrus rolls were too expensive, and he couldn’t read them anyway. The Roman “information society” transmitted its messages orally, for example at the baths. Every day after the conclusion of business...

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