Posts about Ancient Rome
To put it another way, is there a chance that if we go back in time with a time machine, we discover that the real Ancient Rome was nothing lime what we think it was? And that the whole experience ends up as a big big surprise?
Not that our historians are bad in term of general events. I mean the day-to-day life, how the cities really looked like, what were their colors, their general atmospheres, their perfumes, their mores, the way people talked to each others, life on the battlefield, etc. We can go see the Colosseum if we want, but it's really hard to imagine how it was at the time (I personnally think that it is much smaller than what we usually believe, but anyway). We can visit the Palatine without imagining that some of the most important persons of European history walked exactly at the same place.
To what extent can we really "understand" what Ancient Rome really was? Is it an ungraspable world?
In a broader sense that's a question that haunts me. I'm a book worm and I love history. But I keep having this feeling that we're doomed to only "understand" our own contemporary times. Similarily if humans are still there in 2k years (that's a big "if") they'll probably struggle a lot to understand us and try to "re-create" our era (imagine the future equivalents of peplums but with us as subjects).
I'm looking for some in-depth books about Ancient Rome that a lot of historians can reccomend (I don't want anything that isn't seen to be fully true). This can be about any period of Ancient Rome's history and maybe even books on the Byzantine Empire.