Invisible Romans

By Robert Knapp,

Book cover of Invisible Romans: Prostitutes, Outlaws, Slaves, Gladiators, Ordinary Men and Women ... The Romans That History Forgot

Book description

Robert Knapp brings invisible inhabitants of Rome and its vast empire to life. He seeks out the ordinary men, housewives, prostitutes, freedmen, slaves, soldiers, and gladiators, who formed the fabric of everyday life in the ancient Roman world, and the outlaws and pirates who lay beyond it. He finds their…

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2 authors picked Invisible Romans as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This is one of the best books on life in the ancient Roman world – about life for the 99% rather than kings, queens and aristocrats.

In it, Robert Knapp seeks to rescue the invisible majority of ‘ordinary people’, their activities, beliefs, and dreams, from relative obscurity. The book draws on a huge range of sources and every page reveals something interesting. Women form a large proportion of the Roman invisible, and Knapp explores the lives of all kinds of subaltern women, free and enslaved.

Sometimes, as with prostitutes or the poor, the stories are grim – but they are…

This book, for a writer of historical fiction, was a goldmine of potential characters. Bored of emperors and senators? Dive into this book instead, full of ordinary people living ordinary (and extraordinary) lives. Really brings Ancient Rome to life and makes you think about what an ordinary day would be like for the majority of its citizens. 

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