Stories of Daily Life from the Roman World: Extracts from the Ancient Colloquia

Eleanor Dickey '89

What did Roman schoolchildren do at school? What did a Roman wife say when her husband came home drunk? The classic texts don’t have the answers, but recently rediscovered primers for Latin-language learners do. Stories of Daily Life from the Ancient World offers these 'colloquia' as an ancient introduction to Roman culture, covering such areas as shopping, banking, bathing, dining, arguing, and going to school; recently rediscovered, they are here presented for the first time in a format aimed at readers with no prior knowledge of Latin, Greek, or the ancient world. They come complete with introductory material, extensive illustrations, and a full explanation of their fascinating history. (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Eleanor Dickey '59 was educated at the University of Oxford, has taught in Canada and the United States, and is Professor of Classics at the University of Reading. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and has published more than 100 scholarly works

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