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Put yourself into the world of Rome’s plebian class. This lecture takes you to the leaky, rat-infested housing where the urban poor suffered from disease and malnutrition, and you’ll experience the threat of fire that hung over Rome in the 1st century A.D. You’ll also get a glimpse of what sustained the day-to-day life of the poor.

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It will make you thankful you live here & now

A bit of a droning presentation. However, that presentation adds to the doom and gloom of what life, as presented in this brief course, must have thrown at poor Romans two millenia ago.If you think living in poverty today seems bad - and it is - living in Rome 2000 years ago and in poverty made poor Romans almost beg for death to take them sooner rather than later.