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Daily Life in Ancient Rome By Florence Dupont Daily Life in Ancient Rome by Florence Dupont reviews all aspects of what life was like for Romans in ancient times Florence Dupont is Professor of Latin at University of Nice This book starts of with a section on The City and its People Its subsections are titled Naming and Honor Wealth and Poverty and Slaves and Freedom In this first subsection Naming and Honor the great census was noted on This census occurred every 5 years and all male Romans registered his family wife children slaves and riches if not he would be sold into slavery This section also discusses how one in ancient Rome becomes famous or well known by joining the army or by becoming a client to a more famous person than you such as a senate member A client supports his patron by voting for him going to court with him and following him in public occasions In return the patron will bring him up in the social ladder Wealth and Poverty largely deals with the fact that being poor does not necessarily mean you have a bad life There was opulent poverty an example would be someone who was born noble lost his or her money but still was in the senate and there was virtuous poverty which is how many men in the army lived Part two of Daily Life in Ancient Rome is Places and Lives this piece was about how the town was set up physically and how the average family was constructed and run All Roman towns including army camps were set up the same way there were two roads intersecting in the middle of town called the cardo and the decumanus with gates at each end of the shaped roads The family usually had at least three generations and all of the paternal relatives living in the same house and having sexual
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