Monday, June 15, 2009

Romans

So here I posted a link and some pics, of a site that specializes in Roman reenactments and especially the modding of the game, "TOTAL ROME".

So what *was* ancient Rome really like?

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from Amazon.com
A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome: Daily Life, Mysteries, and Curiosities (Paperback)by Alberto Angela (Author), Gregory Conti (Translator)

here



This extraordinary voyage of exploration, guided by Alberto Angela with the charm of a born story- teller, lasts twenty- four hours, beginning at dawn on an ordinary day in the year 115 A.D., with Imperial Rome at the height of its power. The reader wakes in a rich patrician home and discovers frescoes, opulent furnishings and richly appointed boudoirs. Strolling though the splendors of the Roman Forum, one overhears both erudite opinions from learned orators and local ribaldry floating out from the public latrines. One meets the intense gazes of Roman matriarchs strolling the streets, looks on as a banquet is prepared, and is afforded a peek into the sexual habits and fetishes of Roman patricians and plebs. For all those who have ever dreamed of traveling back in time, Alberto Angela’s narrative style will come as a welcome change to dry historical tomes. Rich in atmosphere and historical information, A Day in Ancient Rome is a voyage into a world both distant to us in time and surprisingly near in its habits, mores, and passions.


---a reviewer
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANCIENT ROME produces a remarkably illustrative overview of how Romans of that time lived. Angela succeeds in delivering a large quantity of information with an affable, inviting style. Now, in Angela's words, "And so concludes our day in the life of imperial Rome. An ordinary day, almost two thousand years ago." We've received a gift -- a chance to peek into some creepy crevices...and many magnificent spaces. Highly recommended. 4.5 stars.
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I have a small couple of theories, though!

1....no one can really see the way ancient people lived, "objectively"! Even this master storyteller is seeing 100 AD Rome through the consciousness of the 21st century. Thus the Romans are somewhat seen *as* us, anything that is not part of our 21st century culture, will tend not to be noticed.

Even in India today.
Carl Jung once wrote that "no one can visit India and see it truly, he brings a bubble of the West with him and surrounds himself with it and sees the country through that Bubble"!
Thus even if one were to visit, say, Sathya Sai Baba, one might not agree that he can produce holy ash out of thin air and sprinkle it onto your hand. But in India, such holy ashes often appear on holy men's paintings and pictures that are on the walls of the devotee's homes!

2....that in a sense the Romans *are* us, in the "1.0" version, back 2000 years ago, his Point[s]
in the book write of this, that the Romans were the first modern people and that in a sense
Rome never ever "fell", that while the political system ended about 450 AD, the Civilization, the "common people in the market squares", went on and on and eventually the Colonies of Rome, like "France and Germany", etc...etc, became independent countries and eventually sent out
colonies of their own to settle the New World!

I read somewheres, that the percentage of civil laws, in South America and in most of the Roman Europe, that *are* Roman civil law, is 70%!! In the USA, the percentage of civil laws that are Roman, is "only" 60%!

Roma aeternum

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