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By Susan E. Hamen

The legacy of prior civilizations continues to be with us at the present time. In Ancient Rome, readers detect the heritage and bold accomplishments of the traditional Romans, together with their army energy and feats of engineering. attractive textual content presents info at the civilization's background, improvement, way of life, tradition, artwork, know-how, war, social association, and extra. Well-chosen maps and pictures of artifacts deliver the previous to lifestyles. Aligned to universal center criteria and correlated to country criteria. crucial Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing.

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It also became the center of civic life. Street vendors mingled with magistrates in the bustling locale. The courts of law, the Senate House, and offices of the city’s important businessmen and bankers were arranged around the Forum. Temples also occupied space in the Forum’s perimeter. Every day, senators met in the Forum. Over time, the place grew to be quite crowded. Pieces of the Forum’s various structures remain today. indd 38 11/3/14 3:41 PM CHAPTER 4 DAILY LIFE P eople living in ancient Rome fell into one of several categories.

Indd 39 11/3/14 3:41 PM Male Roman citizens could own property, vote, and serve in the army as a legionnaire or an officer, and they were protected by Roman law. Women had fewer privileges than men. As time passed, Roman women were granted the right to own property and conduct business in their own name if they gave birth to at least three legitimate children. However, they were not allowed to vote and could not hold public office. Slaves were considered property and not entitled to any of the rights or protections of Roman law.

Droves of Romans crowded into cramped quarters with narrow alleyways. Fire and collapse were a constant threat. Common people did not cook in their homes but in the streets. Residents had to fetch water from public fountains. 1 Men held jobs as bath attendants, butchers, fishmongers, fruit sellers, or shopkeepers. Plebeian women worked these same jobs or labored as midwives or dressmakers. Life was less crowded in the country. Wealthy landowners lived in villas. These large houses had many rooms.

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