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The Archaeology of Sanitation in Roman Italy


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Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow is Professor and Chair of Classical Studies at Brandeis University, Co-Director of Graduate Studies for the Program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, and affiliate faculty in Anthropology, Fine Arts, and Women and Gender Studies. She has won several teaching awards both at Brandeis and nationally.


Like all the best ancient history, [this book] provides rigorous engagement with our own assumptions about then and about now."" - The Spectator

""If shelf space allows only one book on Roman toilets, this is it."" - CHOICE

""[Professor Koloski-Ostrow's] book is a dense scholarly examination of sanitation in Ancient Rome, but is also chalked full of thought-provoking insights and insightful research about everyday life's most private behavior."" - United Nations of Roma Victrix

""[A]. . . passionate account of the toilets and sewers of Roman Italy."" - Times Literary Supplement

""Invaluable. . . . A thoughtful investigation of an essential aspect of Roman civilization. Highly recommended."" - Library Journal

""Extremely helpful for anyone wanting to approach the study of ancient sanitation and is essential for any serious student of the Ancient Roman World."" - Canadian Journal of History

""A spirited, insightful, and eagerly-awaited monograph. . . . Effectively makes the case for an interdisciplinary approach to toilets and sanitation in any time period."" - Classical Journal

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