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Ancient Rome On Five Denarii A Day

Updated on September 13, 2014

Welcome to the City of Caesars

Off to visit Ancient Rome? No one travels without a guidebook and Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day is an excellent and informative travel guide. It's also a highly entertaining read.

The guidebook is for budget travellers, you can't paint Ancient Rome red on five denarii but you can have a comfortable and exciting vacation in the capitol of the Ancient Roman world.

There's plenty of advice and indispensable tips on how to get around Rome. Learn the best way to get to the Games, to the thriftiest marketplaces, where to find the brothels and the temples.

Apart from the usual what, when, where and, most importantly, how much, this handy guide describes the mores and manners of the natives, so that you don't offend anyone. There are pointers on what to do and what to see and absolutely essential advice on what to stay away from.

Nota bene : Time machine and antibiotics not included

All roads lead to Rome. But choose carefully which road to take and when to take it

Ancient Rome On Five Denarii A Day

Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day
Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day

This informative and entertaining guide provides everything that any tourist needs for a journey back in time to ancient Rome in 200 CE. All you need is your imagination and a toothbrush - this book does the rest, describing all the best places to stay and shop, what to do, and what to avoid.

The guide first gives advice on arranging the sea journey to Italy, and then describes the road to Rome and what to see on each of the city's famous seven hills.

Your indispensable guide to sleeping, shopping and sightseeing in the City of Caesars.


The best class of overnight accommodation is an hospitium.

You will have to share your room with as many people as the landlord can cram in

The best time to visit Ancient Rome

Go too early, and you will struggle against the winter storms. Go too late, and all the festivals and spectacles will have finished, and everyone who can will have fled the summer heat to the seaside resort of Baiae.

Really late arrivals will be just in time for the first damp days of Autumnos - the unhealthiest time of year in an eternally unhealthy city.

The City of Saunas, Sedition, and Scandals in Sandals

Rome has over a hundred spectacles to offer including chariot races and gladiators in the Colosseum.

Find out

  • how to avoid being arrested / beaten up by the vigiles
  • what to eat
  • what not to eat, and
  • where to sit in the Colosseum

Learn useful phrases such as

"Noli me necare, cape omnias pecunias meas"

(Don't kill me, here's all my money)

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      On a serious note, I found this little book terrific while I was wandering around modern Rome.

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      CannyGranny 3 years ago

      Gratias tibi quod bonum consilium

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Okay that was one of the weirdest accounts of ancient Rome that I have yet to see. Yikes.

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      Enjoyable read. I wish I'd taken Latin in school!

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Domine dirige nos

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      Glendame 5 years ago

      No antibiotics in ancient Rome? What about if I let some cheese get mouldy?

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      Fun page. I added this resource to my Latin Words and Sayings lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, what a trip to Ancient Rome. Very interesting, indeed. It's been too many years since I studied Latin and I am afraid it is gone forever!

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @OldStones LM: Yes, I do indeed thank my Latin teacher. Miss Magnini, formerly of St Columba's College, tibi gratias!

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      OldStones LM 6 years ago

      I am sure many a traveler to Rome in 200 A.D. would have loved to have had this guide book and would have benefited from it.

      "Si hoc comprehendere potes, gratias age magistro Latinae."

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @SusannaDuffy: I do now! I even read that and thought it was a tongue in cheek part lol! Ok so now I get the time machine part! Will keep on looking for others though I want to read this as well just to see what it was all about.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Travelling to Rome in a couple of months and found this on someone's library page. Thank you for the advice, I like to have it reviewed by someone and not just a person in a shop who wants to sell it to me.

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      natashaely 6 years ago

      Only ever been abroad once but i do intend to get my travelling shoes on one day! I think since there are so many choices of guides, which is overwhelming that having a personal recommendation is the way to go! Added to the library!

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Informative lens, I lensroll to my Vatican city lens

      Thank for share

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      Labyrinth 7 years ago

      Does the time machine come with the book?

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      I don't expect to be traveling across oceans or back in time in the near future, but if I do, I'll remember to pack a guide.