How did people do ordinary things in ancient Rome? Follow a soldier on the battlefield to see how the Roman army beat Hannibal and his elephants. After those wars, Rome grew from a hut village to a great city of a million people that included 400,000 slaves. Keeping all those people working, fed, and entertained wasn't easy. Discover how Romans bathed, shopped, and constructed great buildings that still stand. See what they ate, what types of houses they lived in, what their families were like, and why fathers decided whom their children married. Find out what it was like to be a gladiator and how to win chariot races. And although people often dumped their garbage into the streets, find out the great advances Romans made in building roads and aqueducts. Book jacket.