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‘Atimetus got me pregnant’

Emma Dench: Roman Popular Culture

17 February 2011
Popular Culture in Ancient Rome 
by Jerry Toner.
Polity, 253 pp., £17.99, July 2009, 978 0 7456 4310 6
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... sneaky groping of other men’s wives, despite his po-faced moral rhetoric. They also worry about the ‘living conditions of the poor’ and ‘problems’ of ‘race mixture’. No one could accuse JerryToner of a lack of empathy with those who take centre stage in his gripping new study, Popular Culture in Ancient Rome. Toner’s Roman people have neither time nor energy for the entertainments that ...

One Kidnapping Away

Tim Whitmarsh: ‘How to Manage Your Slaves’

3 December 2015
How to Manage Your Slaves 
by Marcus Sidonius Falx, with Jerry Toner.
Profile, 224 pp., £8.99, May 2015, 978 1 78125 251 2
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... the Life of Aesop is a fiction set in the distant past, and aimed (probably) at a free readership: however much a historian can mine from it, it is refracted through the prism of literary fabulation. JerryToner’s engaging, witty and learned little book plugs this gap. How to Manage Your Slaves masquerades as a newly discovered tract by one Marcus Sidonius Falx. Each of the 11 chapters consists of a ...

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