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THE ROMAN WAY
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Friday 31 May 2002, 11.00-11.30am
Using contemporary accounts from all levels of society, from the chattering classes to humble foot-soldiers, from senators to slaves, The Roman Way explores different aspects of everyday life, two millennia ago.


Some Useful and not so useful Latin phrases
  1. Good morning/Hello - Salve
  2. Goodbye - Vale
  3. Excuse me. I've got to see a man about a dog - Mihi ignosce. Cum homine de cane debeo congredi
  4. Where is the Forum? - Ubi forum est?
  5. Where are the baths? - Ubi balneae sunt ?
  6. My dessert/pudding is on fire! - Mensa secunda mea flagrat!
  7. Something's burning - Aliquid ardet
  8. I'll have a cup of Falernian wine please. - Da mihi sis poculum vini Falerni
  9. I'll have a Bloody Mary, please - Velim sumere Mariam Sanguinariam, sis
  10. How many? - Quot?
  11. You must be mad! - Vere furis
  12. Fat chance - Fors fortis
  13. See you later, alligator! - Vale, lacerte!
  14. What do you think I paid for this appartment? - Quanto putas mihi stare hoc conclave ?
  15. Read my lips - Labra lege
  16. The buck stops here - Denarius hic sistit
  17. Do you come here often? - Frequentasne hunc locum?
  18. What a dump! - Quid gurgustium !
  19. Not in my backyard - Ne ponatur in mea vicinitate Fac ut vivas
Facts and figures


The Roman Empire in the 2nd Century AD

  1. The historical site of Rome was built on the famous seven hills: the Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline , Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinial and Vimnal.
  2. As the capital of the Empire, Rome became the site of grandoise palaces, temples, public baths, theatres, stadiums and other public buildings.
  3. Rome reached it's peak in grandeur and population in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD when the population is estimated at over a million.
  4. In 27 B.C., the Roman Senate granted Octavian, the grand nephew of Julius Caesar, the name Augustus, meaning "the exalted." They also gave him the legal power to rule Rome's religious, civil and military affairs, with the Senate as an advisory body, effectively making him Emperor.
  5. The golden period of the Empire is generally viewed as the 2nd century AD when the Pax Romana, Roman peace, dominated western civilzation.
  6. On 4 September 476 A.D. Romulus Augustulus abdicated as Emperor. This is generally held to signify the end of the Roman Empire in Italy and the West.
  7. The Eastern half of the Roman Empire, with it's capital at Constantinople, came to be known as the Byzantium Empire and survived another thousand years.

Further reading

Peter Jones
An Intelligent Person's Guide to Classics
Duckworth

P Jones & K Sidwell
The World of Rome
Cambridge 1997

Jerome Carcopino
Daily Life in Ancient Rome
Penguin

Fergus Millar
The Roman Empire and Its Neighbours
Duckworth

Anthony Birley
Garrison Life at Vindolanda - A Band of Brothers
Tempus

Pliny (tr) Betty Radice
The Letters of the Younger Pliny
Penguin Classics

Marcus Aurelius (tr) Maxwell Staniforth
Meditations
Penguin Classics

Seneca (tr) Robin Campbell
Letters from a Stoic
Penguin Classics

Tim Cornell & John Matthews
Atlas of the Roman World
New York: Facts on File c1982

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David Aaronovitch is a broadcaster and journalist. Having been editor of On The Record, he moved onto presenting a number of programmes, including On Air, The Argument and Radio 4's Copy Snatchers. He is also a regular columnist on The Independent.

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