Though out chapter 2, it was laced with so many things that were second-hand knowledge to me. After taking seven years of Latin, being in Latin club for 3 years, attending a classical education school and seeing Rome and other surrounding areas with my own eyes, Rome’s culture is something that seems to always be in the back of my mind. Standage went into the details of the format of how letters were written; “The messages exchanged were sometimes formal, but could also be familiar and conversational in tone and often contained colloquial terms, in-jokes, puns, and abbreviations” (22). He went into the different kinds of abbreviations that were used and all I could think about while reading over the Latin was that what percentage of the people readi...
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...ter it. But personally speaking, I think he could have at least superscripted numbers that linked to the resources page to show where the facts were coming from.
For me, I knew that what Standage was talking about was true for the most part and he didn’t need to back up what he was saying about the Romans. And for the facts that I had not previously know, I accepted them as truth because the other facts were correct. But if I had never had the extensive background in this subject, I would have had a harder time with accepting that what he was saying was a cold hard fact and not just something that he pulled out of thin air. With that being said, I loved this chapter because of my understanding of the Roman culture and also because I was able to learn new information that I would have never known because I am no longer in classes that teach about the Roman culture.
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