The grossest, weirdest, and most violent things about life in ancient Rome are chronicled in this volume. There were things about Roman life that no modern person would want to experience. Communal toilets and gladiator deaths rank among these. Readers learn about the brutal and crazed emperors of Rome as well as the infamous volcanic eruption that destroyed Pompeii. Vibrant cartoon illustrations put these historical facts in an accessible, humorous, and humanizing light.