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How the Ancient Romans Went to the Bathroom

Lina Zeldovich Smithsonian
A new book by journalist Lina Zeldovich traces the management of human waste—and underscores poop’s potential as a valuable resource

food

The Culinary World of Pompeii

Sally Grainger Legion of Honor
The Roman culinary experience, as reflected in the vast amount of evidence that survives in Pompeii, was a great deal more ordinary than we have been led to believe.

books

How Christians Destroyed the Ancient World

Bettany Hughes The New York Times
This book describes the cultural wreckage that accompanied the rise of Christianity, thereby adding nuance to our inherited understanding of the origins of Europe's "dark ages."
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